William Henry Read

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First name: William

Middle name: Henry

Last name: Read

Personal information:

Dr William Henry Read applied for a commission in the No. 2 General Hospital, A.I.F., 19 Nov. 1914 aged 38 and embarked on HMAT A55 Kyarra, 27 Nov. 1914, arriving in Alexandria 17 Jan. 1915. Major Read returned to Australia on the Themistocles, Aug. 1915.

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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