Edith Florence Avenell

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First name: Edith

Middle name: Florence

Last name: Avenell

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Letters from a Queensland army nurse 1915-1917, being a transcription by Pat Richardson of her aunt Edith Florence Avenell's letters. Edith Florence Avenell of Gympie, Queensland enlisted in the A.I.F. as a nurse, aged 25 years, 14 June 1915. She embarked with the No 1 Australian General Hospital unit from Sydney, New South Wales on board HMAT Mooltan, 15 May 1915 and was detailed for transport duty on HT Borda. She nursed at No. 13 Hospital, Boulogne, France and No. 2 Australian Auxillery General Hospital, Southall. She returned to Australia on HT Euripides, 21 July 1917

An Anzac and some of his friends. "The Donks"
'An Anzac and some of his friends. "The Donks"'

Taken by official war photographer Frank Hurley, this image and its title are equally captivating  because it's such an ordinary photo of a young man looking after his animals in such  extraordinary circumstances. I can just imagine him saying something like 'Must be almost time to feed the donks' - an unremarkable job if he was at home, perhaps he was a farmer. Something else again at War in the Middle East. See pic.

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