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
2 Dec 1916 p 13
IRRIGATION AT POMPOOTA
A Chance For Soldiers
The fact that not more than 40 soldiers have taken advantage of the liberal terms offered by the Government to induce them to go through a course of training in irrigation work and quality themselves to become blockholders on the irrigation area at Pompoota shows that the men do not realise the advantages of the scheme. Continue Reading »
Dec 5th Still working on the railway. Occasionally Fritz shell us but not near enough to do any harm. An Aussie with a bag under his arm asked me if there were any bodies about. I inquired why & he said his Colonel had sent him out to get some souvenirs. I pointed to Deville Wood & told him that there were plenty of Fritzes over there, but take care that you don’t become a body yourself. Continue Reading »
Received nice parcel from Enfield Church, Sunday School, and Literary Society combined
… Ears very troublesome, but am having them seen to.
Head trouble during morning – very severe pains. Left Battalion at Bernafray [Bernafay] Camp with Lieut. Loudon and 7 men for leave to England … Continue Reading »
My dear Emmie,
… The coal question is most serious. I am not often wise in time in household matters, but last winter I had a good deal of trouble getting coal, so early last Autumn I ordered four tons, and with care that will carry me through till Easter. But I hear that after Christmas we are to be put on an allowance of gas and electric light, Continue Reading »
Egypt. Dec 22nd 1916.
My dearest Mother.
… No. 19 parcel … turned up and as usual was hailed with much delight… A lot of comfort things have arrived also Xmas Billies but they have not been issued yet.
… Things have been happening here since I wrote last…. We have been pushing forward ever since Romani … Continue Reading »
2 Saturday and 3 Sunday
Went to Gun Pit off Geuedecourt, and did our important job after several days of trying. received mail from Mother, Clara, Bob. and diary from Clara …
Had a busy day, started on a dugout, and it being the first fine day for the last 20 naturally Fritz had his planes up. One of the French planes had the misfortune to be brought down Continue Reading »