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ID number PR05253
Title Varney, Albany Thomas Fredrick (Corporal, b.1891 - d.1981)
Record type Collection
Item count 137
Collection Private Record
Object types
  • Photograph
  • Biographical notes
  • Postcard
  • Letters
  • Service papers
  • Simpson, Valerie (Maker)
  • Varney, Albany Thomas Fredrick (Maker)
Places made
  • Australia
  • Egypt
  • Ottoman Empire: Lebanon
  • Ottoman Empire: Palestine
  • Ottoman Empire: Syria
  • Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 1915-1920; 1929; 1978; 2011
Measurement 2 wallets: 4 cm
Note Open


Collection relating to the First World War service of 887 Corporal Albany Thomas Fredrick Varney, 12 Light Horse Regiment. Collection consists of letters, postcards, and other documents that span the period from Varney's enlistment with 12 Light Horse Regiment his service in Egypt and on Gallipoli, to his return to Australia, discharge and later life. Varney documents his training in Sydney, the sea voyage to Egypt, and his service on Gallipoli and in Palestine including the Battle of Beersheba. Varney describes the conditions, and prominent locations he visited such as Jerusalem and Gaza. Varney's writings also provide an insight into the daily conditions faced by civilians and enemy soldiers, in particular in and around Damascus and Jaffa after the fighting. Also included is a "Daily Mail - War Panorama" series of maps of the different theatres of war, as well as various documents relating to Varney's service and later life. Varney returned to Australia in 1919. A one page handwritten poem titled 'My little wet home in the trench', was added to this collection in 2014.


  • Varney, Albany Thomas Fredrick (Corporal, b.1891 - d.1981)
  • Papers relating to Albany Thomas Fredrick Varney, 1915-2011

    Papers relating to the First World War service of 887 Private Albany Thomas Fredrick Varney, 12th Light Horse Regiment. This is an extensive collection of letters, postcards and other documents that spans the period from Varney's enlistment with ...