Letters from Home

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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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Arthur John Moore Burrowes letters and postcards to his family, 26 January 1918-15 September 1919
'If anything else is added the post card will be destroyed'

Keeping the secrets of battles fought, won and lost, makes for very clinical correspondence from ‘over there’. Reading between the lines about the realities of life in the armed forces must have been very difficult for the recipients of such scant morsels of information. It isn’t exactly a wordy message but I am sure it would have been happily received back home with the first line kept intact. See postcard.

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