Sealed biscuit tin with Anzac biscuits: Lance Corporal Terence 'Terry' Edward Hendle, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

Unit 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
Place Asia: Vietnam
Accession Number AWM2016.460.1
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Foodstuff – dry
Location Main Bld: Special Exhibition Space
Maker Hendle, Adelaide
Place made Australia
Date made 1966
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Sealed biscuit tin filled with homemade Anzac biscuits. The tin depicts an artist's impression of the Sydney Opera House (which was still under construction) on the lid, and various other iconic international landmarks on the sides. On the base is remains of tape and brown paper from the tin's packaging when it was sent to Vietnam.

History / Summary

This tin contains Anzac biscuits baked by 18256 Lance Corporal Terence 'Terry' Edward Hendle's mother, Adelaide Hendle, and were sent to him in Vietnam. He received the biscuits on the day he was mortally wounded - 29 November 1966. Hendle died of his wounds in the early hours of the following morning, while on the operating table.

The biscuits were returned to Hendle's mother who never opened the tin. In the years following, Mrs Hendle moved house 32 times and always made sure that 'Terry's biccies' were carried on her lap with great care in the car on the way to her new home.