William Fredereick Olsson

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First name: William

Middle name: Fredereick

Last name: Olsson

Personal information:

William Frederick Olsson, a bookkeeper and telegraphist from Coogee, N.S.W. enlisted on 17 January 1916 to join the 1st Pioneer Battalion, 4th Reinforcement

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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