Project updates


Donna, 17 April 2014 · # · · Comment

Looking for John, son of Allan Allsop

We received this email from Christelle Hilz.

I’m the author of an historical novel, which I expect to be published before the end of the year. I mention Allan Allsop – 8th Australian Field Ambulance in my novel. I was wondering if his son, John, was still alive. If so, I would love to get in touch with him to see if “My Allan Allsop” ‘s personality matches the original one. He’s not a main character in my novel – he just meets one of my characters and appears in one chapter. “My Allan’s” personality was based on what shows through his diaries and a study of his handwriting.


Web Team, 20 March 2014 · # · · Comment

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust looking for Drill Hall stories

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust is applying for an ANZAC Grant for the erection of an interpretation sign outside the 1913 Drill Hall beside Rawson Oval as well as signs for the World War 1 Hospital at Georges Heights.

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Bernard, 5 April 2013 · # · · Comment [2]

First World War Centenary Partnership needs you

© Crown Copyright IWM
Australian gunners, stripped to the waist, serving a 9.2-inch heavy howitzer as it fires on Pozieres. During 1916, artillery came to be seen as the dominating factor on the battlefield. It caused more casualties than any other weapon and no advance could succeed without increasing quantities of shells. © IWM.

Mosman Library has joined the First World War Centenary Partnership led by the British Imperial War Museums, and your group might like to join too.

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Bernard, 28 March 2013 · # ·

With the colors: honour boards acquired

Two framed honour boards with 62 photographic portraits and a set of index cards with information on about 1,800 Mosman WWI servicemen were acquired last week from a researcher in Canberra.

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Bernard, 22 March 2013 · # · · Comment

Coo-ee from NSW public libraries


Coo-ees in Macquarie Rd, Springwood. Source: Blue Mountains Local Studies.

A NSW Local Studies Librarian meeting at Lithgow this week heard from WWI centenary projects at Mudgee, Lithgow and Orange (Mosman got a guernsey too). The Coo-ee March from Gilgandra, first of the recruiting marches organised in New South Wales in 1915, passed through Lithgow, so it was an appropriate venue to hear what NSW libraries are doing with their communities for the Anzac centenary.

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