Weekly newspaper the 'Sydney Mail' produced some emotive full-colour covers during the First World War. Pictured here is the first issue of the Sydney Mail to be labelled 'War Number', following the outbreak of the First World War. This edition was published on 5 August 1914. Source: State Library of NSW: http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/album/albumView.aspx?itemID=1064155&acmsid=0
The soldier pictured here is believed to be Percy Colquhoun Reid, a Great War enlistee from Woids Avenue, Hurstville. The 20 year carpenter was part of a quartet of local volunteers who enlisted within days of each other following the declaration of war in 1914. Reid left Sydney with George Frederick Campbell of Oatley, Reginald Grant Tuck of Kogarah and Charles Stewart Allerdice of Carrington Avenue, Hurstville, aboard the troop transport ship Euripides in October 1914.
From the Trenches is available from Hurstville Library and is the definitive colleciotn of World War One writing from Australia and New Zealand, a literary journey from the optimistic farewell parades of 1914 to the grim battlefields of Gallipoli, the Middle East and the Western Front.
Anzac girls : the extraordinary story of our World War I nurses by Peter Rees is available from Hurstville Library. Using diaries and letters, Peter Rees takes us into the hospital camps and the wards, and the tent surgeries on the edge of some of the most horrific battlefronts of human history.
The Welsh born Hubert Chamberlain Vale, a fireman of Hudson Street Hurstville, enlisted for service in March 1916. Vale left Sydney aboard HMAT Benalla with the 5th Reinforcement of the 3rd Pioneer Battalion. In March 1917, Vale proceeded to France with the Pioneers where only weeks later he sustained gunshot wounds which necessitated his transfer to hospital in England. Regrettably, Vale died of complications arising from his wounds. Hurstville City Library Museum & Gallery collection.
Bearing Witness is available at Hurstville Library. Charles Bean was Australia's greatest and most famous war correspondent. He is the man who told Australia about the horrors of Gallipoli and the Western Front. He is the man who created the Anzac legend. He is the man who was absolutely central to the creation of this country's most important cultural institution, the Australian War Memorial. Yet we know so little about the real man.
Great Anzac Stories available at Hurstville Library. Stories of heroism, suffering and endurance, and humour, from the main wars in which Australians have fought. Includes stories from WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, plus the home front. Most of the stories haven't been seen since they were first published in newspapers and memoirs. Many were sourced from unpublished diaries.
Anzacs in the Middle East is available from Hurstville Library and is a compelling exploration of the experiences of soldiers who fought in the Middle East during World War II. Spurred by a sense of adventure and duty, they set sail to countries of which they knew very little. The book examines the relationships between Australians and their allies and also how they related to the local people
Charles Bean : if people really knew: one man's struggle to report the Great War and tell the truth by Ross Coulthart is available from Hurstville Library, tells the real story of the iconic Australian war correspondent