Wallet 1 of 2 - Diary, vol. I of Sir Oswald Ellis Joseph Murphy, 1940-1941
Collection relating to the Second World War service of QX6269 Major Sir Oswald Ellis Joseph Murphy, 2/2 Casualty Clearing Station, Australia, Egypt, Palestine, Eritrea, Abyssinia, Libya, and Ceylon, 1940-1942.
Wallet 1 of 2 - Consists of one yellow-covered bound volume with 'Diary of Sir Ellis Murphy / Volume I' on the cover. This volume of the diary spans the period 27 November 1940 to 10 August 1941. The diary begins with Murphy leaving Australia from Fremantle, and the voyage to Colombo. During this period, descriptions of life on board the ship are common, as are mentions of fish that are seen from the ship. Throughout the journey, as is the case throughout the diaries, are details about Murphy's medical cases. Time on leave in Colombo is also discussed. Following Colombo, Murphy then proceeds to the Middle East via the Gulf of Suez, with many descriptions of the sites during this journey and their eventual arrival at Port Tewfik, where he takes several days leave. Next the journey to Haifa is described, including the journey through the Suez Canal. Following some time on leave and descriptions of visits to various holy sites in the area and to major cities such as Tel Aviv, Murphy then goes south through Gaza en route to Palestine. During this period he provides a long description of Christmas 1940 and the delivery of the Australian Comforts Fund's packages to the soldiers - during this time, he is working behind the lines. Following several months in Gaza, Murphy returns to Egypt en route to Tobruk where he sees much action. These entries are filled with descriptions of air raids, including on the 2/4 Australian General Hospital, the injuries sustained by patients and other medical staff, and the process for evacuations. After several months at Tobruk, Murphy returns to northern Egypt, where he is put on leave. While on leave he visits Cairo and several of his friends, including an account of having a beer with Dr Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop. The first volume ends with Murphy's arrival at El Kantara.