Stories


Andrew Brockett & Bernard de Broglio, 2 February 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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John Bryan, 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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Darragh Christie, 24 November 2014 · # · · · 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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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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