Letters from Home

19 May 2015
Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street Building, State Library of NSW
Archie Barwick personal World War I diaries, State Library of NSW

The State Library of NSW holds an extraordinary collection of personal letters written during the First World War. This powerful and moving collection presents the authentic voices of the Australian men and women who served, and provides insights into the experiences of a generation confronted with a world in turmoil.

Come and hear some of Australia’s leading writers share their own responses to these letters 100 years on.

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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