Irene Victoria Read

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First name: Irene

Middle name: Victoria

Last name: Read

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Irene Victoria Read, 1880-1972, was active in the Australian Comforts Fund and the the Women's Australian National Services during World Wars I and II and many other associations and charities including the Rachel Forster Hospital, the Havilah Church of England Children's Home, and the New South Wales Society for Crippled Children. In 1915 she joined her husband Dr. William Read who was attached to No.2 Australian General Hospital in Cairo.

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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