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When we come in we see a list up of all our names & of how we are to appear in England. Matron adds that if anyone can't appear in proper uniform that they'll be put in a party of their own.

Yes, our stay in Egypt is drawing to a close. The date for leaving fixed for the 22nd & we go by the "Karoola". No 14th A.G.H. are taking our place here. We have got it all so nice for them to step in to.

A party of 10 of us rose at 4.30 this a.m. & went on donks to the Mokattam hills to watch the sunrise. It was beautiful.

Matron wanted us all to be photographed this afternoon & I have just come in from that trying ordeal. A few weeks back I was keen on having a proper photo taken of myself in the uniform. Thought of sending some of you one for Xmas. I got as far as making an appointment paying a deposit & putting my cap on. I gave a final look in the mirror & the photographer was all ready & came away. Twas an off day I looked what I felt – old – and have never had the courage to go again. Ma [indecipherable] photo.

Now I want to introduce Miss McConachy to you and a few of many that words could never tell what they have done for the Australian Mothers & their Soldier Sons. Some day I may be able to tell of some of their goodness – these are their names, Rev & Mrs Gillan, Lady Rogers & Chetham – Mr & Mrs & Miss Gentles, Miss Ghryoeb & Miss McConachy –

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