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
1 November 1918 p 7
JAPANESE PEACE TERMS
TOKIO, October 30.The “Kohumin” publishes Count Okuma’s article outlining the suggested peace terms, and declares:- “Though it is impossible to say what Japan will demand of the Peace Conference, Samoa should be left to Great Britain and the United States, while Australia should secure German New Guinea, and Japan should take the Marshall, Caroline, and Ladrone Islands. Continue Reading »
Dull day with light sprinkle during morning. Whole Ausn. Corps searching country between 9 a.m. & 1 p.m. for absentees; 50th Bn scouring Bovelles sub-area. Left Bn at Ferrieres at 1 p.m., catching train from Amiens for Boulogne at about 4.45 p.m.
Arrived Boulogne 12.30 a.m. – slept at Hotel Bouvre. Caught leave boat at 10.30 a.m. arriving Folkestone about 12.15 p.m.& London at about 3 p.m. Dinner at A.I.F Club with Bill Stewart, Bill McCann & others. Staying at Jermyn Court Hotel. Continue Reading »
My dear Emmie,
The days seem endless, but only because each day is so crammed with events that it feels like a month – English troops are said to be in Vienna already, and anxious souls are hourly expecting to see bombs falling from Italian aeroplanes into Dresden and Leipzig! I have no experience of revolution, but the air feels thick with conspiracy.
There was a run on the banks yesterday – I am thankful that I decided to keep the £200 I got for my furniture in the house. Continue Reading »
Nov. 12th 1918.
My dearest Mother,
It is quite hard to realise that peace has come at last & that there is no more war. We got the news here yesterday afternoon and of course there were great rejoicings & goings on. This hotel presented a wild & woolly appearance at about 12 last night, there were tug-of-wars with carpets going on, pillow fights & football scrums & the big lounge was the principal stadium.
To-night will probably be worse as everyone is in great spirits & there are bands of school children etc. parading the streets with flags of all sorts. Continue Reading »
1 November Friday
total £20.13.9 in wages since arrival back at work
4 November Monday 1918
Adelaide 7.10 AM
NTH. “ 7.16 “
Ovingham 7.19 “
Islington 7.23 AM.
5.14 from Islington. ade. 5.29
Started at Islington this morning & had a successful day best I have had since arriving back. Continue Reading »