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Life goes on… training and sunburn on Trinity Beach

TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Battn AIF 28 Oct 44 Dear Mother & Dad Received your letter of the 23rd this morning.  Am sorry to hear you’re all having such a tough time.  It’s bad enough having one person … Continue reading

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Good luck and bad: keeping tabs on friends, family … and the war.

/ TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Battn AIF 23rd Oct 44 Dear Mother & Dad Have had two letters from you during the weekend – the 16th of October and the 9th, the latter having been salvaged from the … Continue reading

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What’s the matter – can’t you speak English? No – I’m an Australian.

TX1004 Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Btn. AIF 19th Oct. 44 Dear Mother & Dad Think I must have missed out on a letter last week although the mail has been anyhow lately and they might turn up anytime.  Received that … Continue reading

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Missing news from home: maybe it’s at the bottom of the Harbour !

TX1004 Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Btn. AIF 15th Oct. 44 Dear Mother & Dad Just a few lines hoping to find you both happy and well and enjoying life – and to give an account of what little news there … Continue reading

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Bigger the Bastard, Better the Luck

TX 1004  Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Btn AIF 4th Oct 44 Dear Mother & Dad Hadn’t intended writing till tomorrow really – as it was to be rest day but a change of plans on the part of the hierarchy … Continue reading

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A Wet/ Dry Exercise and a Show for the Top Brass

TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Btn AIF 29th Sept 44 (Diagonally:  PS Am enclosing my coupons Mother – don’t think I’ll need them up here – used one to buy a couple of handkerchiefs a couple of months back) … Continue reading

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A very surprising discharge : He’ll be falling the cows in, in threes

TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Bn AIF 20th Sept 44 Dear Mother & Dad Received your welcome letter of the 18th this morning – can’t complain about that for service can you.  Am glad to hear that you’re both … Continue reading

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A well travelled letter – and an exceptionally lucky find

TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Bn AIF 16th Sept 44 PS Will you send me a ticket in Tatts.  Love,  Max Dear Mother & Dad Well how goes it – guess you’re both much happier to be together again.  … Continue reading

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A picture show, an extra good concert … and serious training begins (2 letters)

TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Bn AIF 3rd Sept 44 Dear Mother Being Sunday and having finished the washing and been to church shall settle down to write a few letters – owe quite a lot this week.  How … Continue reading

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Moving north for jungle training; father’s location unknown (2 letters)

Australian troops embarking for the Atherton Tableland at Cairns Railway station. Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Btn AIF 28/8/44 Dear Mother Just a few lines hoping to find you happy and well and enjoying life.  Hope it’s not quite so lonely … Continue reading

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