The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH)

Accession Number PR82/008
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 box: 9 wallets: 10 cm
Object type Papers
Maker Various
Place made At sea, France
Date made 1914-1917
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/101/021
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copyright restrictions apply. Only personal, non-commercial, research and study use permitted. Permission of copyright holder required for any commercial use and/or reproduction.

Collection consists of letters, postcards, newspaper clippings, photographs and negatives relating to various soldiers serving in France and the Middle East during the First World War. The items were sent to the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) from the relatives of soldiers serving in France and the Middle East to be offered for possible publication as correspondence from the troops. The items mention in detail the living conditions experienced on the front, in trenches and at sea; camp life; the Gallipoli campaign; hospitalisation, injuries and servicemen killed in action; conscription; and the home front. Within each wallet there is an itemised finding aid pertaining to the contents of the wallet.

Wallet 1
Subjects covered include: convalescence and hospitalisation; Gallipoli and the Anzac trenches; enlistment; camp life in Cairo; the Egyptian peoples, tourism, landscapes and agriculture; censorship and the mail.

Wallet 2
Subjects covered include: trench warfare; Australian Red Cross; landing at Gallipoli; injuries, casualties and hospitalisation; proposed referendum in Australia; and the welfare of the troops.

Wallet 3
Subjects covered include: Empire Day; perspectives on the war; living conditions; and trench warfare.

Wallet 4
Subjects covered include: Gallipoli; Ypres; camp life in France; convalescence and hospitalisation; stretcher bearers; returning home; mental effects of trench warfare and conditions on the front.

Wallet 5
Subjects covered in clude: training; women in the workforce and votes for women; nursing, hospital treatment and conditions; courage of ponies in extreme conditions; perspectives on the war; and HMAS Brisbane.

Wallet 6
Subjects covered include: conflict in France; the Navy and naval action in Rabaul; hospitalisation in England; and prisoners of war (POW) in Germany.

Wallet 7
Subjects covered include: honours and awards; hospitalisation; conscription; mail to troops; POW in Germany; the Comfort Fund; war correspondent Charles Bean; soldier settlement blocks, pensions, soldier welfare and returning home; and the sinking of the Emden.

Wallet 8
Subjects covered include: transport of troops; living conditions and camp life; recruitment; injury and hospitalisation; Gallipoli campaign; and German prisoners.

Wallet 9
Subjects covered include: the Armistice; propoganda and pamphlet drops; training; celebrating Christmas; Gallipoli; and burying the dead.