A World Away – South Australia’s War
When war broke out a world away in Europe, South Australians could not have imagined how it would impact their lives. A World Away documents the experiences of South Australians in their own words – through diaries, letters and newspapers – and in real time, 100 years after the events. Come on a journey with us, month by month, as we delve into the lives of South Australians on the front lines and the home front during the First World War.
In their own words
SEPTEMBER 1 – CERISY AREA [northern France]
Bivouaced [sic]. Battalion church parade. Weather: fairly long and heavy showers, during early morning. Fair and sunny generally.
Wind, east. Weather, fine. Morning: Lewis Gun training at ranges. Afternoon, bathing parade and exchange of clothes. Lecture on educational scheme by Bishop Long. Lecture to officers on map reading. Continue Reading »
Monday 1 September p6
WAR TANK DEMONSTRATION
A scene of great activity presents itself to the visitor to the Unley Oval. Workers are busy making preparations for the tank demonstration. Carpenters, electricians, builders, military recruits, laborers of all kinds, are making everything ready… Shell holes, mounds, trenches and other obstacles are being prepared…Afternoon tea and refreshments will be provided each day. Continue Reading »
Cool day. Marked out forming up position of Bgde in afternoon for G.O.C. 4th Div. inspection tomorrow. Orders out at night for move tomorrow…
Brigade embussed near cemetery Rivery at 9.30 a.m. leaving at 11.20 a.m. and arriving at destination, near Biaches at about 5 p.m. Dusty journey. Had nice swim in canal after arrival. Bedearly. Recd letter from Sid. Continue Reading »
My dear Emmie,
I had luck last week and got a pound of real white flour – under the hand, of course, and it cost 3/6d, but never mind! – so I made some scones, and some of my treasured English tea that Sandor brought me in March from Denmark – and Connie brought some milk and a little pot of jam – otherwise we should only have had honey-substitute – it was really a genuine afternoon-tea.
Now I will wash up the Dresden china, which Fraulein Ludicke lent me for my tea. Continue Reading »
Sept. 20th 1918.
My dearest Mother
We are in the midst of another advance so we are all very busy. Things are going very well and our mounted troops have gone miles and are nearly up to Nazareth and Haifa. It started yesterday morning and I had the honour of opening our attack just before dawn by bombing a big railway junction in my big machine. It was good bombing too & we did a lot of damage. Continue Reading »
Received telegram from Pt Pirie telling me there is a start for me there if I care about going also I have a job in view at Latus foundry at PT Adelaide at end of next week and decision to give to G.P.O. today through repatriation Continue Reading »