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The Gum Leaf Letter

In 1910, a newly married couple honeymooning in Yetman, New South Wales, took it upon themselves to mail a gum leaf up to Brisbane to a Mrs F. Humfress at the Commercial Union Chambers, Eagle Street. The large gum leaf was written on directly, wasn’t placed in an envelope, and was even postmarked, before making … Read more

New Accession: Letters of a Lady Schoolteacher in Maryborough, 1884-1887

Jane Ann Dunbar letter, 10 May 1884. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

The John Oxley Library recently received a wonderful collection of correspondence written by Jane Ann Dunbar, a young teacher at the Maryborough Girls’ Grammar School during the 1880s.  Jane was twenty years old when she migrated to Australia from Hertfordshire, England, to take up the position as second mistress at the school.  The letters, written to … Read more

Delpratt Family Function

Members of the Delpratt Family viewing items from the Maurice George Delpratt collection

On Monday 17th September members of the Delpratt Family joined State Library staff to celebrate the completion of digitization of the Maurice George Delpratt Collection.  This collection comprises the correspondence of Sergeant Maurice George Delpratt who was captured at Gallipoli and held as a prisoner of war in Turkey until the end of hostilities in … Read more

New Acquisition: Maurice George Delpratt Correspondence, A Turkish Prisoner of War

Postcard from M.G. Delpratt in Egypt to family, 20 May 1915, featuring a street view of Cairo.

The John Oxley Library has been fortunate to receive a significant and moving collection of World War I correspondence between Sergeant Maurice George Delpratt of the 5th Light Horse Regiment and his family from Tamborine in Queensland.  Delpratt was captured at Gallipoli and spent three and a half years as a prisoner of the Turks … Read more