This photograph is just one of the thousands of photographs of Australian and other allied soldiers taken during World War I that have been discovered in France, in a find hailed as “wonderful and thrilling” by military historians.
At the outbreak of war, residents threw themselves – says “Jack” Carroll – “into whatever way they were best able to do their share.”
Some 1,140 of the younger residents voluntarily enlisted for Service overseas. The Mosman Red Cross was outstanding, so much so that their leader was honoured with an M.B.E. decoration. So too, was Mrs. Bennett White (Meta Hayter), organiser of a Concert Troupe of young girls to be known as “The Cheer-ohs”. This band of versatile entertainers in the four years of War and eight years afterwards, raised no less than a sum of £55,000 for the various patriotic and repatriation funds…
An article from New Zealand newspaper The Feilding Star, 17 September 1917. A remarkable story, but also a reminder that the excellent resources of New Zealand’s cultural institutions can be just as useful for researching Australian service men and women. This story, for example, does not appear to be archived in Trove.
What is linked open data and what does it do? How does it relate to this project?
Difficult questions to answer, at least for me. But watch this screencast and I think the opportunities – “connecting previously unconnected resources and stories” – become clearer.