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[Transcriber's notes:
A short biography of each service person is given at the beginning of each set of letters, with information coming mainly from State Library of NSW catalogue entries and records available on the websites of Australian War Memorial (World War 1 Embarkation and Nominal Rolls) and National Archives of Australia (World War 1 Service Records). Information about the content of letters and the letter donors is sometimes given. Some paragraph and line breaks have been introduced in the transcription for ease of reading.
"Return to Australia" dates are generally the date the service person embarked in England; arrival in Australia would be six to eight weeks later.
Letters and items are sent by and/or written about:

Watson Frazer Adamson (pages 1-6)
"Prelate" (pages 7-9)
Walter Charles Harcourt Anderson MM (pages 10-13)
Gilbert Goldie Anschau (pages 14-17)
Cecil Charles Harpur Baldwin MM (pages 18-21)
John Byron Baly MM (pages 22-39)
Claude Elmhurst Benson DCM (pages 40-61)
Alexander Kenneth Blackwell (pages 62-79)
Charles Adrian Boccard (pages 80-86)
Walter Granleese Boys (pages 87-93)
Thomas Arthur Henry Breaden (pages 94-96)
Raymond Paul Brett (pages 97-122)
Eric Alister Bull (pages 123-128)
Sylvester Francis Burrows (pages 129-131)
Thomas Leonard Cadell (page 131)
Oswald Castle (pages 132-157)
Roderic Castle (pages 132-157)
Gerald Middleton Chibnall (pages 158-164)
Henry Claude Cicognani (pages 165-167)
Francis Patrick Clune (pages 168-187)
Frederick Albert Collinson (pages 188-190)
Herbert Charles Cook (pages 191-195)
Richard Edmond Courtney (pages 196-201)
Horace Davies (pages 202-221)
Edward Wintour Davies (pages 202-221)
Francis Edward De Groot (pages 222-225)
Joseph Henry Dietze (pages 226-232)
Frederick George Drewette (page 233)
Francis Willam Eaton (photograph and accompanying notes) (pages 234-236
Albert Jacka VC (photograph and accompanying notes) (pages 234-236)
Albert James Hibbs Edmonds (pages 237-253)
Arthur Raymond Ellis (pages 254-262)
Henry Percy Evans (pages 263-269)
Charles Allen Firth (pages 270-291)
Ernest James Firth (pages 270-291)
Francis Walter Bertie Firth (pages 270-291)
Thomas John Fletcher (pages 292-296)
George Murdy Flynn (pages 297-301)
Joseph Garbutt (pages 302-313)
Terence Ward Garling (pages 314-321)
Kevin D'Arcy Goldrick (pages 322-327)
James Patrick Godfrey Griffin (pages 328-339)
Francis Leslie Guider (pages 340-348)
Claude Hansen (envelope only) (page 349)
Eric Gustave Hellstrom (pages 350-354)
Thomas Hedley Hill (pages 355-469)
Amos Walter Hillier (pages 10, 470)
Harry Gordon Hodges (pages 471-485)
Kenneth James Howell (pages 486-500)
Warren Hutchings (pages 500-505)
Arthur Robert Henry Joyner (page 506)
George Edward King (pages 507-517)
Edward Rennix Larkin (pages 518-532)
Leslie Robert Lee (pages 533-538)
Robert Eric Lenehan (pages 539-564)

[Two letters donated by T. G. Adamson of Tamworth, NSW: the first from his son Trooper Watson Frazer Adamson, written from Gallipoli on 10 June 1915 telling of life in the trenches there; the second from an unidentified gunner on the ship SS City of Oran, who signed himself Prelate, writing from Rangoon. Among other things, it describes the use of elephants in handling timber.

Trooper Watson Frazer Adamson, No 169, a farmer of Trial Bay, NSW, enlisted on 24 August 1914 at age 23, and embarked from Sydney on HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on 20 October 1914. He served with the 1st Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron, at Gallipoli, and was wounded at Lone Pine, Gallipoli 7 August 1915. He returned to Australia 9 August 1919.]
Ngoora. Nemingha. Tamworth 8.8.19
The Secretary
The Mitchell Library. Sydney

Dear Sir,
1 Enclosed please find a letter from the trenches at Gallipoli from my son – please send a typed copy of it to me, retain original.
2 A letter from a gunner on board a transport
3 A paper from the troopship Nestor – via U.S.A – left Melbourne 1916.

Yrs truly
T G Adamson

Acknowledged 18/8/19.

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