Letters between Malcolm William Keshan and Dorothy Williams, January-June 1943

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Accession Number AWM2019.22.16
Collection number PR06082
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 55
Object type Letter
Physical description 160 Image/s captured
Maker Keshan, Dorothy Ann
Keshan, Malcolm "Mac" William
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Bexley, Germany
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Description

Letters relating to the Second World War service of NX11067 Malcolm “Mac” William Keshan, 2/4th Australian Infantry Battalion. Malcolm William Keshan and his girlfriend Dorothy Williams wrote to each other regularly while he was a prisoner of war of the Germans during the Second World War.

In the letters that Malcolm wrote to Dorothy between January and June 1943, he describes to her what he can about life in the prisoner of war camp. He tells of playing football and basketball, reading, studying, listening to the camp orchestra, and playing a “leading lady” in concerts produced by the inmates. He shares that he always looks forward to her letters, and regularly reassures her of his love.

In Dorothy’s letters that she wrote to Malcolm between January and June 1943, she tells him about her day-to-day life in Sydney, including a family holiday to Kangaroo Valley, sports, work and changing jobs, and swimming at Cronulla. She reminds him of the good times they had spent together, tells him that she often wonders what he is doing, and that she misses him dreadfully.

Malcolm and Dorothy married after the war, in 1946.

This file contains:
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 1 January 1943
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 4 January 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 7 January 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 17 January 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 19 January 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 23 January 1943, [includes envelope]
Postcard from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 26 January 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 29 January 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 2 February 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 7 February 1943, [includes envelope]
Postcard from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 9 February 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 13 February 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 16 February 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 21 February 1943, [includes envelope]
Postcard from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 23 February 1943
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 25 February 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 28 February 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 3 March 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 7 March 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 14 March 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 16 March 1943
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 18 March 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 19 March 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, [date unknown, postmarked 20 March 1943]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 23 March 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 25 March 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 1 April 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 4 April 1943, [includes envelope]
Postcard from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 5 April 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 9 April 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 17 April 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 19 April 1943
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 23 April 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 24 April 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 29 April 1943
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 30 April 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 1 May 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 5 May 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 6 May 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 8 May 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 8 May 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 15 May 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 16 May 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 22 May 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 22 May 1943
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 27 May 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 29 May 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 1 June 1943
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 9 June 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 12 June 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 14 June 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 18 June 1943, [includes envelope]
Letter from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Oflag III-C, 21 June 1943
Letter from Dorothy Williams to Malcolm William Keshan, Bexley, 24 June 1943, [includes envelope]
Post card from Malcolm William Keshan to Dorothy Williams, Stalag 383, 28 June 1943