Samuel Jabez Richards

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First name: Samuel

Middle name: Jabez

Last name: Richards

Personal information:

Samuel Jabez Richards, a doctor and surgeon in practice at Mount Morgan, Queensland in 1914, applied for a commission in the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force aged 50, 26 Oct. 1914 and was appointed a major. He embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAS A55 Kyarra on 5 Dec. 1914 and was attached to the First Australian Clearing Hospital in Egypt, 23 Jan.-1 Mar. 1915 and Gallipoli, 6 Mar.-13 July 1915. He died of pneumonia at the Dardanelles, on hospital ship Sicilia, 21 July 1915 and was buried at sea

Military parade, Macquarie Street, Sydney
A birthday treat(y) signals a short-lived period of world peace

Being an ardent pacifist I was delighted to discover that the Treaty of Versailles was signed on 28 June – my birthday!  An examination of the souvenir programme, Victory Celebrations (Signing of Peace), revealed a route  that was to pass in front of the original Mitchell Library.  Further searching of the Library’s collections revealed this magnificent photo of the event.
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