Author Archives: felicityh54

Frank Bethune’s famous orders

                                              TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman NGF Training Sch New Guinea 7th Nov 1943 Dear Mother & Dad … Continue reading

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A long hot walk back from the rear details camp

                TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman NGF Training Sch New Guinea 26th Oct 43 Dear Mother & Dad Must try and race a few lines off.  I’m all behind with my letter writing … Continue reading

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Some higher authority…controlling this show

                      TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF 11th Oct 43 Dear Mother & Dad After six weeks mucking around – attached here and detached there without knowing who … Continue reading

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Still in Limbo – but no cause for complaint – 3 letters

                              TX 1004 Sgt M Hickman 2/33rd Battn AIF 28th Sept 43 Dear Mother Your welcome letter of the 23rd arrived yesterday – glad to know … Continue reading

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You got the wrong impression… I wasn’t at Lae

  TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Battn AIF 22nd Sept 43 Dear Mother Your welcome letter of the 15th arrived today.  Sorry to hear you’ve been sick Mother and hope you’re alright again now.  The weather seems just as … Continue reading

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Attending a school…or not? – two letters

                                TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Btn AIF 13th Sept 43 envelope – ‘Opened by Censor’ Dear Mother Just a few lines hoping to find … Continue reading

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Following disaster, an attempt at reassurance

Following the worst aviation disaster in Australia’s history on September 7 1943, Dad wrote a very short letter to his parents – the shortest ever, in fact – presumably simply to reassure them that he was alive and well. In … Continue reading

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