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Two​ Very Different Views on Enlistment Featured in the News of 100 Years Ago


The Moruya & District Historical Society shire-wide has a wonderful site that offers up news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of yesteryear. If you enjoy history and more so local history to the shire be sure to visit the museaum and to follow their weekly blog:


11 November 1916: AT THE FRONT – The following short note has been received by his sister from Pte. “Billy” Robinson, late of Bergalia : – Somewhere in France 12/9/16 My dear Sister, – Just a few lines to let you know I am still in the land of the living, and a lucky boy to be so. I was pleased to hear you enjoyed yourself in Sydney. I was surprised to hear that young McDonald got into double harness. Which one of them was it, do you know? I had a letter from Edie today; she was well. I hear Jim would like to be over here with me. I dare say if he was he would wish he was back on the old Encounter again. I often wonder why some more boys don’t enlist and come and help us here. They must have no heart or else it is as hard as stone. Well my dear sister, you will have to excuse this short note as by gum I hear the bugle calling up the 43rd reinforcement, we will have to go next, so I will say goodbye. I remain your loving brother, Bill R P.S. – Remember me to all and tell them I am O.K. and can stand up to some of “Fritz” shells; but when we boys start we give the Germans fair hell on earth; they soon fall to their knees. Don’t be surprised if you hear of me in Berlin before long on the Spree. You can read the rest of this extract and previous postings here Seventeen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1915 are available ($5 ea) from the Society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the Society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (www.mdhs.org.au).

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