James MacDonald

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First name: James

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Last name: MacDonald

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James Stuart MacDonald, 1878-1952, artist and gallery director of Melbourne, Victoria, enlisted aged 36, 9 Sept. 1914 and embarked from Melbourne, Victoria with the 5th Battalion, on board Transport A3 Orvieto, 21 Oct. 1914. He was wounded at Gallipoli, 26 Apr. 1915 and in 1916 worked in Records, in the Army Pay Corps in England before being sent to France 14 June 1918 as a war artist. He returned to Australia on S.S. Makura, 21 Dec. 1918

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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