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19 May 2015
Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street Building, State Library of NSW
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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.

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Street signs, the corner of Frederick St and Dodson Av
Trove solves a family mystery

All the WW1 records for my great grand uncle showed he lived in Hanover St, Lidcombe. However, this street no longer exists. Searching in Trove I discovered the street had been renamed to honour another soldier, Private Frederick Doodson who was killed on Anzac Day landing at the Dardanelles. The digitised newspapers helped me to unravel a mystery in the family history. Trove supplied the missing piece to the puzzle and also the reason why the street name was changed, and the wonderful recognition for the local soldier who died.

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