Wallet 2 of 2 - Diary, vol. II of Sir Oswald Ellis Joseph Murphy, 1941-1942

Accession Number AWM2020.22.237
Collection number PR05571
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Wallet
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 177 Image/s captured
Maker Murphy, Oswald Ellis Joseph
Place made Australia, British Mandate of Palestine, Egypt, North Africa
Date made 1941-1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Digital format and content protected by copyright.

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 2 of 2 - Consists of one yellow-covered bound volume with 'Diary of Sir Ellis Murphy / Volume 2' on the cover. This volume of the diary spans the period 13 August 1941 to 30 July 1942. This volume begins with Murphy based near Tel Aviv as part of the 2/5 Australian General Hospital. While there, he visits many places of interest to tourists, including those of religious interest. In late August, Murphy is transferred to Eritrea, where he spends the next three months. During this time, there is little work for medical staff and much of the diary discusses leisure time, including: one notable trip to Abyssinia (Ethiopia) for a private viewing of the Ethiopian crown jewels; several games of cricket; investigating a nearby crashed Bristol Blenheim; and observing the local population and animals, offering his opinions. For Christmas 1941, Murphy is transferred to the 2/4 Australian General Hospital in Jerusalem, where he discusses encountering an unusually large amount of snow. After several months of moving around various Australian hospitals in Palestine, Egypt, and Libya, he is transferred in March 1942 to the 2/4 Australian General Hospital in Colombo via Suez and Aden on the RMS Orontes. Throughout this time a further recurring subject is the increasing tension between Japan and the Allies, and his concern for Australia. While in Ceylon most of Murphy’s patients suffer from malaria and other mosquito-borne ailments, which receive frequent mentions. The remainder of the entries while in Ceylon are spent discussing the politics of promotion, general hospital work, news that he is receiving about the war in other areas, and time spent on leave exploring the countryside and often playing tennis. The last few pages of the volume contain a description of Murphy’s return to Australia, time spent on leave in Perth including seeing several of his friends, and ends with his ship departing Perth for the eastern states.

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