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Bernard, 16 November 2014 · # · · Comment

NSW deceased estate files

NSW State Records offer another source for Mosman WWI records — deceased estate files.

The Stamp Duties Office created a deceased estate file for every individual who died leaving property or other assets (‘estates’), which were subject to death duties. The files contain the papers, correspondence and other documentation relating to the assessment of death duty by the Stamp Duties Office.

Learn more about these records with Archives In Brief 29 – Deceased estate files, 1880-1958.

Deceased estates files can be found for some soldiers. Search the index to deceased estate files by name or enter “Australian Imperial Forces” in the locality search field.

There are 39 results for Mosman and Australian Imperial Forces.

The files themselves are held at the Western Sydney Records Centre.


Bernard, 9 November 2014 · # · · Comment

Mosman Cricket Club remembers

Players and Umpires from Mosman and Uni NSW pause before play at Rawson Oval to respect cricketers from all countries who fell in war. (Picture: Mosman Cricket Club)

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Darragh Christie, 9 November 2014 · # · · · Comment

Sydney v Emden, a century later

At Bradleys Head, Mosman, overlooking Sydney Harbour, the mast of the HMAS Sydney serves as a memorial to the brave souls who have fought for Australia in the maritime services.

Specifically it commemorates the victory of the first HMAS Sydney over the German light cruiser Emden at the Cocos Islands in 1914.

Underwater plaque at Cocos (Keeling) Islands that commemorates the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Cocos.

Underwater plaque that commemorates the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Cocos. More wreck photos at the Cocos (Keeling) Islands’ Sydney-Emden 100 website.

Today the HMAS SYDNEY Association will hold a memorial service at Bradleys Head to remember this battle. Emden‘s brief but successful career as a raider of commercial and military vessels came to an end at the hands of the heavier cruiser Sydney by 11am on the 9th of November 1914, exactly 100 years ago.

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Donna, 7 November 2014 · # · · Comment [1]

Our unknown soldiers

This is one of a number of photographs of First World War servicemen currently on view in Mosman Library. These photographs have been donated over a number of years and sadly we are unable to identify them.

If you know the name of this soldier we would love to hear from you. If you would like to come into the library and see if you can identify the other photographs that would be wonderful. They will be on view until 16 November 2014.


Scott Wilson, 3 November 2014 · # · · Comment

J. G. Hircoll: a soldier with a Mosman connection?

Studio portrait of 863 Sapper (Spr) James Greeson Hircoll, 1st Field Company Engineers.

Scott Wilson looks into the history of Sapper James Greeson Hircoll.

Hircoll’s sister wanted him remembered in Mosman but there is little evidence of a local connection, except for the Roll of Honour circular she completed for the Australian War Memorial, and an in memoriam notice placed by his “loving friends A. Casson and Mr and Mrs H Buckman and family” of Mosman.

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