Of love and war

 

Letters and longing

For Australians war has meant years of separation, often across vast distances. These sections of the exhibition consider the pressures that couples were placed under due to distance and the tensions associated with war. It looks at methods of communication from the exchange of gifts, to letters and telegrams, to recorded messages and e-mail. These sections also consider how those serving and those who remained behind coped with loneliness and loss.

Farewell and fears

The departure of the Australian contingent for the Sudan  by Arthur Collingridge. ART16593

ART16593

The girl he left behind by Alfred George Saville. ART03361

ART03361

 

Remember me

 

Corporal Alicia Carr, Darwin by Wendy Sharpe. ART91132

ART91132

Cased Photograph of White family : Lieutenant Colonel C B B White, Chief of Staff, AIF. REL32569

REL32569.002

Photo Wallet : Lieutenant A N Christie, 2 Cavalry Regiment. REL34459

REL34459

Photo in wooden frame of family of Lieutenant Colonel A E Coates, 2/10 Australian General Hospital. REL/18564.

REL/18564

 

Sweethearts

 

Royal Australian Air Force sweetheart brooch : Flying Officer J R Vowles, 44 Squadron RAF . REL25037

REL25037

Informal Portrait of 3787607 Private (Pte) Colin Joseph Whiston in his summer polyester uniform. P03539.002

P03539.002

Pair of Australia shoulder titles : Private C J Whiston, 6 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment . REL29216.

REL29216

 

Across the miles

Gifts

 

Female Relatives' Badge with 29th Battalion colour patch brooch: Mrs Phoebe Hood. REL/02893.002.

REL/02893.002

Embroidered handkerchief : Private E D Hood, 29 Battalion, AIF. REL/02896.002.

REL/02896.002

Orcades sailor doll : Private J C Arney, 2/3 Battalion, AIF. REL34431.001

REL34431.001

Palestinian Customs Declaration for doll : Private J C Arney, 2/3 Battalion, AIF. REL34431.002.

REL34431.002

 

Vietnamese good luck pendant : Lance Corporal T W J Lupton, 1 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment   .REL32702.

REL32702

Wire and seed bracelet : Private C A Hollingsworth, 37 Battalion AIF . REL/04744.001.

REL/04744.001

Wire bracelet : Private C A Hollingsworth, 37 Battalion AIF. REL/04744.002.

REL/04744.002

Southern cross pendant : Warrant Officer II J R Keen, 110 Brigade Workshop, AIF . REL34807.

REL34807

 

Wooden jewellery box : Mrs Audrey Norton . REL39482.

REL39482

 

Letters

 

Embroidered silk postcard made in France during the First World War. RC05807.

RC05807

Embroidered silk postcard made in France during the First World War. RC06030.

RC06030

Embroidered silk postcard made in France during the First World War.RC06476 .

RC06476

Embroidered silk postcard made in France during the First World War. SC00202 .

SC00202

 

Embroidered silk postcard made in France during the First World War. SC00203.

SC00203

Embroidered silk postcard made in France during the First World War. SC01358.

SC01358

How she'll prize your letters from overseas .ARTV04340.

ARTV04340

Lieutenant Diane Lawrence, a member of the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps (RAANC), tapes a letter home. COM/69/0476/VN .

COM/69/0476/VN

 

Illustrated poem painted on khaki uniform scrap : Lance Corporal E C Barnes, Royal Army Medical Corps. REL34553.

REL34553

Informal portrait of SX21753 Sergeant (Sgt) Colin Douglas Simper and his wife Irene on their wedding day. P04215.001.

P04215.001

Horseshoe wedding charm with glitter : Mrs Irene Simper. REL31824.002.

REL31824.002

408811 Pilot Officer (later Flying Officer) Ralph Reginald James arm in arm with his wife Beryl. P02316.004.

P02316.004

 

Captive hearts

 

Private (Pte) William Burns Mayo, a companion and a dog. P02406.005.

P02406.005

Handcarved cameo pendant. REL33445.

REL33445

Wedding anniversary card . RELAWM31317.

RELAWM31317

Chess board REL31833

REL31833


 

Loss and loneliness

Loneliness

 

Portrait of 407666 Flight Lieutenant R. B. Cowper DFC, Adelaide, SA, Pilot with No. 456 (Mosquito) Squadron RAAF. UK1456.

UK1456

Souvenir des tranchèes de CHAMPAGNE 1914 - 1915 [Souvenir of the trenches of Champagne, 1914 - 1915], ART93070

ART93070

 

Girls, girls, girls

 

Lieutenant Oliver Hogue in his dugout at Anzac. A02353.

A02353

A member of the Australian Flying Corps, believed to be 327 Private Herbert Walter Tee, reclining in a hammock in his area of a dug out. P05140.017.

P05140.017

Nadzab, new guinea. C. 1944-02. A transport driver, leading aircraftman W. Clarke, Moss Vale, NSW, with nose art of Jan Rhynd, "adopted" tivoli girl performer, which he painted on the engine cowling of a Vultee Vengeance dive bomber aircraft of no. 24 squadron RAAF between trips.OG0930.

OG0930

Kittyhawk aircraft with nose art emblem "watch my form!", nickname lucky 13, of no. 78 squadron raaf. T.OG1553.

OG1553

 

C. 1945-06. Nose art on a Handley Page Halifax B mark III Aircraft, 'Jane' (NO. MZ913), of No. 462 Squadron RAAF. P01523.032.

P01523.032

Kitbag decorated with a pin-up girl : Signaller J C Lynam, BCOF. REL38011.

REL38011

"Macka" sleeping in tent, Diego Garcia. ART91760.

ART91760

 

Loss

 

Studio portrait of three members of the 2/29th Battalion. Left to right: VX35493 Private (Pte) Sydney Riley, presumed dead, Malaya, 22 January 1942; VX36974 Pte Robert (Bob) G. Towers, died of illness as a prisoner of war (POW) in Japan, 8 November 1943; and VX36789 Pte Allan W. Clinch, presumed dead, Malaya, 10 February 1942. P02846.001

P02846.001

Small silver brooch made from the Australian coat of arms emblem cut out from the centre of an Australian florin. REL27148.001.

REL27148.001

Silver pendant, suspended from a short length of chain, cut from the outer part of an Australian florin. REL27148.002.

REL27148.002

Wedding dress : Mrs V B Glover. REL32405.

REL32405

 

Horseshoe charm wrapped in white satin ribbon with three loops to wear around the wrist. A sprig of white wax and cotton flowers is attached with a bow to the lower right side. REL32406.

REL32406

Studio portrait of VX57043 Gunner (Gnr) Alan William Glover, in uniform, and his bride Violet May Glover on their wedding day. P04254.001.

P04254.001

Studio portrait of Alan and Raelene Graham (nee Clark) taken on the day of their wedding, probably in Port Augusta, in 1965. P06312.001.

P06312.001

Studio portrait of 3765 Private (Pte) John Edmund (Jack) Buttsworth, 30th Battalion, of Bourke, NSW. P04235.001.

P04235.001

 

Studio portrait of Millicent A Walker .P04235.002.

P04235.002

Horizontal leaf shaped silver brooch. Attached across the centre of the brooch is a rose gold scroll impressed with the word 'YPRES'. There is a pin fastening on the back of the brooch. REL31862.

REL31862

Souvenir silver plated notebook : Sergeant J E Buttsworth, 30 Battalion, AIF. REL31863.

REL31863

Decorative knife : Sergeant J E Buttsworth, 30 Battalion, AIF. REL31864.

REL31864

 

 

 

Introduction

First glance

Separation

The future

Tour information

Stories of Love and War