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A most particular friend

John Hutchinson

John Hutchinson was shot by a sniper at Gallipoli. It would take Private Hutchinson over two hours to die. It is said that in the last moments of life, a dying man’s thoughts turn to the ones he... » read more

I have only spoke for my rights

James Arden

James Arden volunteered for service in the First AIF in 1916. He was forty-three years of age, a labourer, and described himself as a ‘natural born British subject’. The authorities were more... » read more

A garden of memory

Dorothy Gilbert

Within a few months of the war ending, the Mayoress of Adelaide convened a meeting in the Town Hall. Its purpose was to raise a women’s war memorial and all the principal charities and patriotic... » read more

In Australasian hearts

Karanemar Pohatu

From the first day of the Gallipoli Landing to the very last day of the campaign, Quinn’s Post was the most perilous section of the Anzac line. Here, one army collided against another, the trenches... » read more

A lost opportunity

Alfred Morris

Alfred Morris, a young journalist from Geelong, enlisted in the first weeks of the war, and departed Australia with the First Contingent. Trooper Morris served with the Light Horse Field Ambulance.... » read more

The stone carver

Daphne Mayo

In 1929 Australian artist Daphne Mayo set to work on Queensland’s state memorial. The monument took the shape of a circular colonnade, a ring of Doric columns modelled on an ancient temple in Greece... » read more

A lost soul

William Riley

William Riley was an orphan. His parents died of tuberculosis when he was very young. William was separated from his two sisters and they would never meet again. He was sent to the Burwood Boys’ Home... » read more

The hands of our own men

Daisy Schoeffel

Daisy Pearse was a fourth generation Australian. She belonged to one of the oldest (white) families in Fremantle and achieved some acclaim as an Australian author. But Daisy married Alfred Schoeffel—... » read more

The loyalties of the Irish

Joseph O’Grady

In the early hours of 25 April 1915, Private Joseph O’Grady, of the 9th Battalion, landed on Gallipoli. We don’t know how far Private O’Grady advanced that first day. Nor, in all probability, did he... » read more

The man who died twice

David Bisset

David Bisset went to fight the First World War on two separate occasions. In 1915, the young ironmonger from Aberdeen enlisted in Brisbane and with the 59th Battalion fought at Tel-el-Kebir. Bisset’s... » read more