A letter of thanks from an Italian POW interned in WA during WW2, 1945. Santino Barbella, a POW, wrote this letter to Nancy Lee while being held at a military camp at Northam, before being repatriated to Italy. A translation follows the original letter. #Letter
A fun letter from a shearer to his friends, 1939. Written just before the outbreak of WWII, Stanley writes to his friends of his intention of seeing them before he enlists. He also mentions his work as a shearer and station hand. Stanley had helped Margaret and Red elope, fooling her step-father Fortescue. Stanley and Red both enlisted and survived the war. #Letter
Friends exchange letters during wartime, 1944. Enid gets in touch with her old work colleague Allan who is in the RAAF posted in London. After a series of letters, Allan is presumed missing and never returns home. Enid sends a sympathy message to his mother and receives a kind note in return. #Letter
A little boy's letter to his big brother in Vietnam, 1970. This was written by a six year old to his older brother serving for the Australian Army, fighting in South Vietnam. Although the younger brother did not really understand why his brother was away, he knew that he enjoyed receiving his letters. #Letter
Setting sail for the unknown as Field Ambulance officer, 1941. This was the first letter that Thomas Webb wrote home to his wife after sailing out of Sydney on the way to New Britain. Thomas was on board the HMT Katoomba, which sailed on 18th March, 1941, so he wrote this letter very soon after that date. Sadly, Thomas did not return, he was killed in action on 4th February, 1942. #Letter
A description of the sights and sounds of Gallipoli, Andrew Anderson wrote to his sister, Maude, during in WWI. It was written just a year after the war commenced. Andrew wrote about the sights and sounds of Gallipoli as he experienced them.
A letter describing life for a soldier in London, This letter was sent during WWII by Bob Williamson, who was still serving overseas. He describes his relief in the arrival of summer and his many activities in London.
The last letter from home to a POW, 1943. This letter was posted to a prisoner of war when Singapore fell. The letter was sent before the sender had been notified that he was a prisoner. He died in a POW camp at Nomachi, Japan, on 4 August 1945 and buried in Labuan. This letter was returned with his effects. #Letter
Young Serviceman Responds to Young Womans Letter, This letter was written by servicemen Ray Tulk, in response to Helen Smith, a young single woman. Tulk offers details of himself, his appearance and his hobbies; resembling an early personal ad.