Exactly 100 years ago today Corporal Reginald Dargan had A story of the trench, published in the The Mosman Daily .
The poem was written from 1st hand experience, probably whilst recovering from his 3rd lot of war ending injuries.
The 18th Battalion volunteers — raised mainly from the Sydney area, including Mosman — were described as ‘great big cheery fellows, whom it did your heart good to see.’ Within 48 hours of landing at Gallipoli, 50% of them were either dead or wounded. A few days later 80% of the 760 men who started the battle had become casualties.
Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport has over 40 million passengers arriving and departing every year.
Charles Kingsford-Smith became a household name between and after the wars because of his record-breaking Trans-Pacific flights with Charles Ulm and P.G. Taylor, and mysterious disappearance in 1937.
Less known are his experiences as a combat pilot in 1917, where his flying career was forged in the fires of adversity.
Disenchantment with the War and falling living standards led to arguably the greatest industrial unrest in Australia’s History. The National Film and Sound Archive has released footage which includes images of strike-breakers returning by ferry to their camp at Taronga Zoo, and protesters with placards decrying the use of Taronga as a camp for strike-breakers.