Category Archives: leave

Unreliable trains, demanding exercises, latest end-of-war prediction

                            1st June 1942 Dear Mother & Dad I received your welcome letter of the 26th May today.  Sorry to hear the weather hasn’t been treating you … Continue reading

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May 1942 : four letters from holding camp in Casino NSW

    11th May 1942 Dear Mother & Dad I had hoped there would be a letter for me today but as the mail has been handed out I must have missed out.  Still it’ll probably come tomorrow.  That phone … Continue reading

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Flying through search lights and on to Casino by train

                  Envelope : Posted by M Campbell Railway Refreshment Rooms Spencer Street (Melbourne) Salvation Army letterhead 2 – 5 – 42 Dear Mother As it may be some days before I am … Continue reading

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The line certainly must be busy: queueing to make a ‘trunk call’

                            No address or date – approx April 10 Dear Mother & Dad Wonderful news – the best I’ve ever had – absolutely marvellous Mother to hear … Continue reading

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Last letter from the Middle East…and the start of Operation Stepsister

This is a letter to Mr and Mrs Laird whose family were very welcoming to Dad and his mate Graeme Watts on New Year’s Eve and subsequent days in January 1941.  I assume Dad asked them to send it to … Continue reading

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Two letters: a glorious seven days’ leave in the Holy Land

    23rd Dec 1941 TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battn AIF Abroad Dear Mother & Dad Just a few quick lines hoping to find you fit and happy.  I’m writing from the Australian Comfort Fund rooms in Tel-Aviv, being … Continue reading

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A dearth of political leadership, farcical propaganda…and a scarcity of Nugget

                            TX1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 4th Dec 1941 Dear Mother & Dad I received your welcome letters yesterday and they both made good reading … Continue reading

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Fancy thinking we’d commandeered her sheep!

                            TX1004                                                   … Continue reading

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Goodwill tour, friendly locals, promotion to Acting Corporal

  TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 7th August 1941 Dear Mother & Dad I had half written my letter yesterday when McDonnell came down with a bunch of mail and though most of it was for (Ramon … Continue reading

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Durban… Shrapnel Valley…. Beirut

  TX1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 31st July 1941 Dear Mother & Dad I received your very pleasant letter of the 14th yesterday and am glad to know you are both well again.  the matrimonial business is certainly … Continue reading

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