Pte. Tom G. Davis – One of the 170+ men pictured on the honour boards held at Mosman Library. Learn more about this man.

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Behind the lines

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.

Romance at Georges Heights Hospital

Lt Alan Brierley (below) of 13th Battalion AIF was wounded on the attack on Hill 60 at Gallipoli on 27th August 1915. He was shipped back to England and after six months in hospital there was sent back to Australia on the 8th May 1916 and arrived at Georges Heights (21st Australian Auxiliary Hospital) on 19th June 1916.

Alice and Alan

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Brian Halstead · 12 February 2019 · # · Comment

The high flying (and diving) Capt. Jack Allport.

Above: Allport and RE8. Reproduced with permission from the Australian Society of WW1 Aero Historians Below: Jack and Roland Brett’s names on the South face of the Mosman War Memorial.

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Darragh Christie · 7 January 2019 · # · Comment [1]

Capt. J.M. Allport: 'Aerial Reconnaissance on the Western Front'

An interview with Capt. J.M. Allport originally published in the 1969 Journal of the Australian Society of WWI Aero Historians, reproduced here with their permission.

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Darragh Christie · 7 January 2019 · # · Comment

Allport family photographs.

Descendants of the Allport family donated photographs to Local Studies at Barry O’Keefe Library. They include pictures of family outings just after the war. Of particular interest are images of Jack Allport soaring through the air from the high diving platform at Clifton Gardens, and relaxing with his brother Brett, family and friends by the foreshore. Also included are portraits of their father Roland.

Brett, Jack , Amy Allport and friends at Clifton Gardens c 1920. Source: ‘Trace’ online archive Barry O’Keefe Library.

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Darragh Christie · 10 December 2018 · # · Comment

Charles Lawrence Pollard


Just because the war has ended doesn’t mean we have stopped collecting. The niece of Charles Lawrence ‘Laurie’ Pollard has very kindly donated his archives to the Mosman Local Studies Collection. Laurie drove ambulances and ammunition trucks in France during the First World War. This small collection is a wonderful assortment and includes his pay book, photographs he took and the maps he used on the battlefields. ‘Laurie’ was in the 3rd Australian Ammunition Sub-Park and perhaps this is a photograph of the unit?

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Donna · 23 November 2018 · # · Comment




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