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Thomas McGillycuddy

HMT Minnewaska. AWM G01502. Bean, Charles Edwin Woodrow (C E W) Egypt, 29 March 1916. The HMT Minnewaska, one of the transports waiting at Alexandria, for the embarkation of Australian troops who had served at Gallipoli, and were subsequently under orders to proceed to France.

Guest blogger: Dr Anastasia Dukova – 2018 Q ANZAC 100 Fellow. Thomas McGillycuddy, the youngest of five children, was born in 1891 in the small townland of Carhoobeg, County Kerry to Irish and English-speaking parents, Margaret and Timothy. (Ireland, Civil Registration Births Index, 1864-1958, Vol 5, p. 257) The McGillycuddies were a Roman Catholic family … Read more

Norman PRIESTLY #2786

Norman Priestly

Indigenous Australian, Norman (Val.) Priestly, 15th & 47th Infantry Battalion. Lance Corporal Norman (Val) PRIESTLY was born at Gordon Brook Station, NSW to William and Mary Priestly in 1896. He had been working as a labourer at Southgate, near Grafton but in August 1915, age just 19, he volunteered to serve for the first AIF. … Read more

Soldier doctors: the Marks Family of Brisbane

Captain Alexander Marks at standing next to an artillery gun and carriage at Mena Camp outside Cairo, Egypt, 1914

State Library has just uploaded a new digital story which highlights the 27331 Marks Family Collection ca. 1735-1985 – an extensive archive spanning several generations of the Marks family, which figured prominently in the social, scientific and medical spheres of Brisbane society from 1879 until the death of eminent entomologist Dr Elizabeth Nesta (Patricia) Marks in 2002. In particular, the … Read more

Winton Lads, 5th Light Horse

Three mates, 5th Light Horse Regiment

This postcard from Trooper Tom Dawson, was written from the troopship Persic, just before the 5th Light Horse Regiment landed in Egypt. The photograph would have been taken in camp, before they embarked from Sydney in December 1914. Signed by four mates who enlisted together, their fortunes were mixed, two did not return. The rear of the … Read more