Category Archives: Camps and Barracks

Different pictures in diary and letter; and a dramatic blitz on bugs

                  (Salvation Army paper with the admonitions: Remember the loved ones far away and write them a message of cheer today – at the top and PLEASE WROTE ON BOTH SIDES at … Continue reading

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Route Marches, diplomacy and meeting with Zincie Jokers

              TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 20th March 1941 Dear Mother Once again I have struck guard duty and so have an opportunity to catch up with my mail.  We’ve … Continue reading

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After nearly five months, a bundle of letters

TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 10th March 1941 Dear Mother At long last we have arrived some place somewhere from which you’ll gather that though much nearer home we’re still very much abroad.  It’s just a … Continue reading

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Winter and the boredom of barrack room soldiering

TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF 16th Dec 1940 Dear Mother Though there is precious little to write about I’ll send a few lines trusting they find you well and happy as I am at present.  Apart from … Continue reading

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Our job is watching and waiting

          Dear Mother Even though it seems ages since I heard from you – about a month I think – I could write you quite a good letter but for the fact that the sergeant who … Continue reading

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Snail mail and expensive gifts: that safety pin is part of the dress

27th Oct 1940 Pte M Hickman TX 1004   Dear Mother I had an airmail letter from youngster yesterday sent via USA.  It was a very newsy and interesting letter but contained some very surprising information.  Firstly it’s almost incredible … Continue reading

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Moving north to winter barracks

14th Oct 1940 TX1004 Private M Hickman 72nd Battn 25th Brigade AIF             Dear Mother I received your very welcome letters of the 27th August and 3rd September on Thursday and today respectively and two … Continue reading

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No such luck as a show…15 September 1940

15th Sept TX1004 Private M Hickman 72nd Battalion 25th Brigade AIF Dear Mother Being the Sabbath and having a little time to myself I cannot better employ it than in writing you and the youngster.  I wrote to May a … Continue reading

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May 1940 Sydney

Letterhead: Hotel Grand Central , 151 Clarence St, Sydney Dear Mother I haven’t written before because one of our chaps who’s in the office said that mail was being held because too much information is spreading.  But as we have … Continue reading

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