Hogue, Oliver (Major, b.1880 - d.1919)

Accession Number 1DRL/0355
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 folder: 1 cm
Object type Papers
Maker Hogue, Oliver 'Trooper Bluegum'
Date made 1915-1918
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/465
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the service of Major Oliver Hogue, 14 Australian Light Horse, Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine. Collection includes original letters written by Major Hogue to his family and friends in Australia, particularly to his journalist colleague, W. Farmer Whyte, between May 1915 and December 1918. Collection also includes a testimonial to the late Oliver Hogue by an anonymous journalist friend.

History / Summary

This collection gives an insight into Oliver Hogue the journalist and writer, more than Hogue the soldier. His letters to W. Farmer Whyte, his colleague at the Sydney Morning Herald, are largely concerned with publication of his books. Hogue, who was an unsuccessful candidate for the job of Australia's official correspondent to the war, was an admirer of C E W Bean, whom he describes as "absolutely straight & sincere & honest". Hogue wrote passionately about the work of the Australians in the Imperial Camel Corps, whom he felt were unfairly ignored by the British press.