Reginald Patrick Byrne

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First name: Reginald

Middle name: Patrick

Last name: Byrne

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Material relating to the World War I conscription referendum, 1908-1918. Reginald Byrne was an active member of the Labor Party. He joined the Darlinghurst Political League in 1914 and held the positions of secretary and president at various times until 1927. During World War I he was a strong opponent of conscription

Box 8 Item 17 – Hugh Venables Vernon miscellaneous papers, 1916-1919.
Handmade protection with steely look and stylish upper lip!

At first glance it is apparent that this garment would have been quite difficult to actually put on, due to the tight fit. Undoubtedly handcrafted by a loved one, it has been photographed in action by the  wearer, as intended. I particularly like the attention to detail on the moustache – possibly one of the few things that a man in his position had complete control over.

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