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A Letter from the Front

Leon Maurice Lyons on his wedding day, National Archives of Australia, A14290, 175

On this day in 1915, the The Western Champion and General Advertiser for the Central-Western Districts in Barcaldine published a letter from the Front, written by a young station manager, Corporal Leon Maurice Lyons, to his brother, Mr. R. F. Lyons. Leon belonged to the 5th Light Horse Regiment, and wrote from Ma’adi, Egypt, on 25th … Read more

Gallipoli casualties

Page 25 of the Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 22 April, 1916.

On this day in 1915, the Brisbane Courier published a letter from a Sydney doctor, writing to his mother from Gezirah Palace, Cairo on 1 May. Dr. Colin Chisholm Ross stated: “You cannot conceive how busy we have been here. We had only one and a half days to get ready to receive 250 patients, without a thing in the place, … Read more

Hospital in a palace

Heliopolis Palace Hotel in Cairo, 1914-1918, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Image: 29835-0001-0067

On this day in 1915, The Queenslander published an interesting letter that had been received by Mrs. J. F. Lyons of Teneriffe, from her son, Corporal J. D. O’Hagan, Army Medical Corps. Dated 27 January and written from Cairo, the letter described a sumptuous hotel – the Palace Hotel in Heliopolis, about 4½ miles west of Cairo, … Read more

Belts for the troops

Woman knitting socks, possibly for World War I soldiers, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg. 183962

This week in 1915, the 27 March issue of The Queenslander published an article on page 6 with instructions on how to knit belts for the troops overseas. The article suggested that ‘although belts do not “grow” quite so quickly as mittens and mufflers, they are even more in demand’, so if readers were looking for … Read more