Stories 91 - 100

Their name liveth for evermore?

Abas Bhawoodeen Ghansar

Abas Bhawoodeen Ghansar was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) at the height of the British Raj. The young man worked his passage to Australia (via London) and landed in Sydney in 1907. Australia must... » read more

That other war

Reginald Biggs

Little more than a boy when he went to war, Private Biggs served as a signaller. He was often near the frontline, often shelled, gassed, and afraid. Certainly, Reginald Biggs recalled the danger,... » read more

The second Count of Monte Christo

Leo Galli

To some, Galli was a patriot, an idealist, even a hero. Born in Italy, but a naturalised British subject, Galli was amongst the first to volunteer. And from the moment he put his pen to the Army’s... » read more

I am against all wars

Archibald Baxter

By 1916, New Zealand’s voluntary recruitment was failing. Despite massive opposition, a conscription bill was pushed through parliament. Unlike Australia, there was no chance to vote ‘No’ in a... » read more

A motherly chat at the Cheer-Up Society

Alexandrina ‘Annie’ Seager

All three of ‘Annie’ Seager’s sons enlisted in the first week of the war. Annie’s youngest boy, George, was barely seventeen when he was killed at Gallipoli. Partly it was the absence of her own boys... » read more

Like a broken doll

Margaret Broadhurst

In the years before war took hold of the world, Margaret and Tom fell in love. On the eve of his enlistment, Tom proposed to Margaret with a diamond ring and their engagement was announced.... » read more

She prefers the khaki uniform to the feminine mode of dress

Maud Butler

In December 1915, Miss Maud Butler, a waitress working in Sydney, cut her long brown hair, donned the woollen uniform of an Australian soldier, and walked down to the transport ships moored at... » read more

War Horse

Thomas Goodwin

Thomas Goodwin’s diary is one of the few extended accounts Australian soldiers kept at Helles. Some ten miles south of Anzac, the flat ground of the Peninsula was held by the British and the French,... » read more

Like a spring wound up

Thomas Dowell

Private Thomas Dowell sailed to war just before Christmas 1914. He served at Gallipoli from the very beginning of the campaign, and he survived the Landing and months of attrition in static trench... » read more

My broken heart

Frances Edgeworth Somers

Today it is impossible to imagine Melbourne’s skyline without the Shrine of Remembrance. But to the generation that built Victoria’s state war memorial, its final form was far from inevitable. The... » read more

The ugliness of Anzac

Mary Booth

‘Anzac’ meant everything to Mary Booth. A patriot and imperialist at one and the same time, she helped to create the legend we live with today.   Dr Booth founded the Soldiers’ Club in Sydney, a... » read more