Folder of letters, poems, and telegrams sent to Field Marshal Lord William Birdwood about his visit to Australia in 1920

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Accession Number RCDIG0000060
Collection number 3DRL/3376 9/1
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 45
Object type Papers
Physical description 191 Image/s captured
Maker Various
Date made 1919-1920
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

This folder contains 67 letters and telegrams sent to Field Marshal Lord William Birdwood about his visit to Australia and New Zealand during 1920. Also included in this file are several poems including one poem titled “Jealous of Birdie”, which was found near Bullecourt and sent to Birdwood during 1920. These letters were written to welcome Birdwood to Australia, and also recall meetings with Birdwood whilst serving in the war, the loss of sons in the war, the treasured letters that Birdwood had sent during the war, and news of one child being named in his honour. Amongst the writers of these letters are William Morris Hughes (Prime Minister of Australia), Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson (Governor-General of Australia), Admiral Cecil Fiennes Thursby, and Baron Maurice Pascal Alers Hankey, as well as many mothers of soldiers who fought during the First World War and some of the soldiers themselves.
This file contains:
Cablegram from William Morris Hughes to AIF Headquarters, London, 14 October 1919
Letter from Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson to Birdwood, 27 December 1919
Letter from Ernest Lee Steere to Birdwood, 30 December 1919
Letter from Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson to Birdwood, 6 January 1920
Letter from Salome Elizabeth Jones to Birdwood, 18 January 1920
Letter from Susan M Meadley to Birdwood, 19 January 1920
Letter from Sir John Greig Latham to Birdwood, 20 January 1920
Letter from Phillip Guy Page to Birdwood, 20 January 1920
Letter from Harriet Jane Whyte to General Birdwood, 20 January 1920
Letter from Alleyne Clarice Zander to Birdwood, 20 January 1920
Letter from Arthur Sugden Keighley to Birdwood, 21 January 1919 [1920]
Letter from Sidney H Watson to Birdwood, 21 January 1920
Letter from Sophia Everina Isabella Riordan to Birdwood, 22 January 1920
Letter from Joan Torrance to Birdwood, 22 January 1919 [includes copy of poem "Welcome" written by Joan Torrance]
Letter from Annie Isabel Wallis to Birdwood, 22 January 1920
Letter from Jessie Barclay to Birdwood, 28 January 1920
Letter from Catherine Anna Bell Buckingham to Birdwood, 28 January 1920
Letter from William Morris Hughes to Birdwood, 29 January 1920
Letter from William Morris Hughes to Birdwood, 29 January 1920
Letter from Florence Isabel Scott to Birdwood, 14 February 1920 [includes poem titled "Jealous of Birdie"]
Letter from General Sir Dighton Probyn to Birdwood, 27 February 1920 [Used with the permission of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II]
Letter from Susan Ethleen Priscilla Ford to Birdwood, 5 March 1920
Letter from Mrs Bertha Pascoe to Birdwood, 8 March 1920
Letter from Lieutenant General Joseph John Talbot Hobbs to Birdwood, 18 March 1920
Letter from [Rebecca] Alison Vaughan to Birdwood, 20 March 1920
Poem titled "The Soul of Anzacs" by Hector Charles Axup, c. March 1920 [with annotations and includes envelope]
Poem titled "The Soul of Anzacs" by Hector Charles Axup, c. March 1920 [with annotations]
Letter from Margaret Elizabeth Prendergast to Birdwood, 1 April 1920
Letter from Sarah Myrtle Meggy to Birdwood, 6 April 1920
Letter from Ellen Somes (Nellie) King to Birdwood, 7 April 1920
Letter from Maurice Barber Bevan Keatinge to Birdwood, 15 April 1920
Letter from Frederick Charles Russell to Birdwood, 18 April 1920
Letter from Arthur Brooks to Birdwood, 20 April 1920 [includes envelope. Included photographs now held in Series 15]
Letter from Ross Edith Byrne to Birdwood, 22 April 1920
Adaptation of the poem "Decorated", written by Edith Emily (Beaufils) Lamb, 25 April 1920
Letter from Edmund La Touche Armstrong to Birdwood, 28 April 1920
Letter from Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson to Birdwood, 1 May 1920
Letter from Mrs Mary Jane Patching to Birdwood, 1 May 1920
Letter from Frank Colin Craig to Birdwood, 13 May 1920
Letter from Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson to Birdwood, 17 May 1920
Letter from George Foster Pearce to Birdwood, 19 May 1920
Letter from Lucy Gough Morgan to Birdwood, 25 May 1920
Letter from Lieutenant General Joseph John Talbot Hobbs to Birdwood, 27 May 1920
Telegram from Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson to Birdwood, 28 May 1920
Letter from Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson to Birdwood, 29 May 1920
Letter from Mrs Ethel Hardie to Birdwood, 1 June 1920 [includes poem titled "A New Zealand welcome to General Sir William Birdwood"]
Letter from William Morris Hughes to Birdwood, 1 June 1920
Letter from Henry and Burdette Hill-Beckett to Birdwood, 2 June 1920 [includes poem titled "To General Sir William Birdwood" written by H Hill-Beckett, 3 June 1920]
Letter from Eric Gawthorne Kidgell to Birdwood, 2 June 1920
Letter from Lieutenant Colonel George Jameson Johnston to Birdwood, 3 June 1920
Letter from George William Barker to Birdwood, 8 June 1920
Letter from Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson to Birdwood, 24 June 1920
Letter from Mrs Ethel Hardie to Birdwood [includes poem titled "Farewell General Sir William Birdwood"], 14 July 1920
Letter from William James Sherbon to Birdwood, 19 July 1920
Letter and envelope from Sir George Compton Archibald Arthur to Birdwood, 26 July 1920
Letter from William Ferguson Massey to Birdwood, 28 July 1920
Letter from Edward Martyn to Birdwood, 8 September 1920 [includes envelope]
Letter from Lieutenant General Joseph John Talbot Hobbs to Birdwood, 12 September 1920
Letter from [indecipherable name] to Birdwood, 13 September 1920
Letter from General Herbert Vaughan Cox to Birdwood, 14 September 1920 [includes envelope and letter from Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 22 May 1920]
Letter from Lady Florence Darnley to Birdwood, 15 September 1920 [includes envelope]
Letter from Carl Herman Jess to Birdwood, 3 October 1920
Letter from General Sir Dighton Probyn to Birdwood, 3 October 1920 [includes envelope]
Letter from Maurice Pascal Alers Hankey to Birdwood, 5 October 1920 [Reproduced with permission of the Master and Fellows of Churchill College Cambridge]
Letter from Admiral Cecil Fiennes Thursby to Birdwood, 5 October 1920
Letter from Lieutenant General Joseph John Talbot Hobbs to Birdwood, 6 December 1920
Letter from Tannatt William Edgeworth David to Birdwood, 28 December 1920 [includes envelope]