Series 9: Miscellaneous correspondence, 1903 – 1950

Accession Number RCDIG0000059
Collection number 3DRL/3376 9/-
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Series
Item count 213
Object type Papers
Maker Various
Date made 1912-1950
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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This series contains a variety of letters, telegrams, and other material received or written by Field Marshal Lord William Birdwood during the period 27 June 1903 to 26 December 1950. Included in this series are letters from William Morris Hughes (Prime Minister of Australia), Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson (Governor-General of Australia), Baron Maurice Pascal Alers Hankey, George Foster Pearce (Minister of Defence, Australia), Walter Long (Secretary of State for the Colonies), Dwight D Eisenhower, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, and General Sir Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton. There are also a large number of letters to Birdwood from mothers of soldiers who fought during the First World War.
These letters discuss subjects such as meetings with Birdwood during the war, the loss of sons in the war, Birdwood’s admission to the peerage and promotions, soldier settlement schemes, invitations to visit Australia, war memorials, the declaration of the war with Turkey, conscription referendums, leave for the original contingent of Australia servicemen, Kemal Ataturk’s funeral, reasons for remaining at Gallipoli and the later evacuation, the Australian experience of war at home, returning to Anzac and Turkey after the war, and plans for the opening of the Australian War Memorial.