Hugh Orwin Monteith

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First name: Hugh

Middle name: Orwin

Last name: Monteith

Personal information:

Hugh Orwin Monteith, survey draughtsman of Marrickville, New South Wales was born in Castlemaine, Victoria and enlisted aged 17 years, 13 Oct. 1915. He embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9 Nov. 1915 and served in Egypt, France and Belgium with the 3rd Battery, 1st Field Artillery Brigade. He was wounded in action 31 July 1917, gassed, 6 Nov. 1917 and wounded in Belgium, 10 Aug. 1917. He returned to Australia 12 Apr. 1919

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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