Sapper J.H.A. Scarr – One of the 170+ men pictured on the honour boards held at Mosman Library. Learn more about this man.


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Welcome to our team space. A key part of this project is sharing the work done ‘behind the scenes’. Learn about digital tools and technologies. Explore online sources relating to World War One.


Reginald Victor Fusedale

Reginald Victor Fusedale, on the veranda of ‘Burradale’, 1918

A few weeks ago I received an email with information regarding, Reginald Victor Fusedale, and a request to add him to our records on Doing Our Bit.

We receive a great many emails like this suggesting names for inclusion and if there is a Mosman connection they are added to the site.

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Donna · 21 April 2015 · # · Comment


Letters returned unread

Valentine William Kelly — a slim, dark-haired draper from Victoria — was 25 when he signed up for the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in July 1915. His parents James and Emily Kelly lived in Mosman at a house named “Alda” in Calypso Avenue.

Local philatelist Andrew Brockett recently came across some poignant postal covers that tell something of his story.

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Andrew Brockett & Bernard de Broglio · 2 February 2015 · # · · Comment


Miss Evans and the Anzac buffet

Portrait of Miss Annie Evans, Commandant Anzac Buffet, Sydney, 1916-1920. (AWM H16369)

Many Mosmanites were “doing their bit” closer to home as members of the military, voluntary workers, entertainers and fund raisers.

One of the most prominent of these was Annie Alethea Evans who was widely known and referred to as simply Miss Evans. She was active in a number of voluntary capacities and as Commandant of the No 8 Mosman Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD), established and ran the Anzac Buffet from late 1915.

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John Bryan · 2 February 2015 · # · · Comment


HMAS Sydney mast dedication — 70 years ago today

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the dedication of the HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast at Bradleys Head, Mosman. The ceremony took place on 24 November 1934, attended by thousands who watched from land and sea.

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Darragh Christie · 24 November 2014 · # · · · Comment


Tagging our bit

When it comes to tagging Mosman service men and women in Trove’s historical newspaper database, John Bryan is well in advance of all other parties.

More than 1,500 is his score.

Two years ago, Tim Sherratt suggested the tag mosman1418-person. With so many articles tagged, we now have a useful filter when searching Mosman names:

Search only newspaper articles tagged mosman1418-person

The tag even features in Trove’s top 100.

Bernard · 23 November 2014 · # · · · Comment


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