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Dairy belonging to William Alexander Dorsey Bell. Photocopy of diary.

Bell, William Alexander Dorsey, 1865-1940

Photographs

Photographic prints acquired by Mills, likely via the AIF War Records Section which made prints of the official war photographs available for purchase. Offical photographers of the war included Frank Hurley and Hubert Wilkins. Most prints have descriptive details written on the reverse.

Item 1: Australian Buffet was the front, Montaban or Longueval, Dec 1916, ref no. e32
Item 2: Australians' meal is in front lines, Armentieres, Dec 1916, ref no. e84
Item 3: Australians returning from trenches, Armentieres, Dec 1916, ref no. e105
Item 4: Australians looking through a shell hole in a house, Armentieres, Dec 1916, ref no. e109
Item 5: Australians passing through shelled house on way to billets, Armentieres, Dec 1916, ref no. e111
Item 6: Australians looking at ruined cottage, Armentieres, Dec 1916, ref no. e114
Item 7: Australians find child's doll-pram in ruins, Armentieres, Dec 1916, ref no. e115
Item 8: Australians waiting outside billets, Armentieres, Dec 1916, ref no. e116
Item 9: Australians washing mud from waders after a spell in the trenches, Armentieres, Jan 1917, ref no. e119
Item 10: Australians' meal amidst the ruins of a church, Armentieres-Houplines, Jan 1917, ref no. e122
Item 11: Interior of a church. Australians amongst fallen-in walls, Armentieres-Houplines, Jan 1917, ref no. e123
Item 12: Exterior of a 'strafed' church, Armentieres, Jan 1917, ref no. e126
Item 13: Australian transport on road, Jan 1917, ref no. e130
Item 14: Australians crossing a trench bridge, Willow Siding, Mametz, Jan 1917, ref no. e152
Item 15: Australians on road to dug-outs, Bernafay, Jan 1917, ref no. e159
Item 16: Ruined church, Albert, End of Jan 1917, ref no. e167
Item 17: Australian holding his billy-can under a frozen water tank, Longueval, Jan 1917, ref no. e171
Item 18: German retirement on Somme. A German shell burst, Eaucourt l'Abbaye, 28 Feb 1917, ref no. e223
Item 19: German retirement on Somme. A German shell burst, Eaucourt l'Abbaye, 28 Feb 1917, ref no. e224
Item 20: Battle of Messines. Australians in trenches looking at Messines, Messines, 5 Jun 1917, ref no. e470
Item 21: Battle of Messines. Aust infantryman has a peep at Messines, Messines, 5 Jun 1917, ref no. e471
Item 22: Battle of Messines. Aust officer looking through periscope at Messines, Messines, 5 Jun 1917, ref no. e472
Item 23: Battle of Messines. The Messines Ridge before the battle, Messines, 5 Jun 1917, ref no. e473
Item 24: Battle of Messines. Scene on Hill 63 , Messines, 5 Jun 1917, ref no. e474
Item 25: Battle of Messines. Wounded Australian returing from the fighting of 7 June telling his comrades the latest news of the battle, Messines, ref no. e475
Item 26: Battle of Messines. German prisoners acting as strecher-bearers bring in wounded, Messines, 7 Jun 1917, ref no. e476
Item 27: Battle of Messines. Cavalry resting, Messines, 7 Jun 1917, ref no. e477
Item 28: Battle of Messines. British Cavalry on the road, Messines, 7 Jun 1917, ref no. e478
Item 29: Battle of Messines. Aust wagons rushing up Engineers' stores, Messines, 7 Jun 1917, ref no. e479
Item 30: Battle of Messines. German shell bursting behind Hill 63, Messines, 7 Jun 1917, ref no. e480
Item 31: Battle of Messines. Aust stretcher-bearer assisting a wounded German prisoner towards a field dressing station, Messines, 7 Jun 1917, ref no. e481
Item 32: Battle of Messines. Aust field dressing station scene during the afternoon of 7 Jun 1917, Messines, 7 Jun 1917, ref no. e482
Item 33: General Birdwood, 22 May 1917, ref no. e483
Item 34: All that is left of Messines, Messines, 31 Jul 1917, ref no. e550
Item 35: Australian machines gunners resting in an old German 'pill-box', 31 Jul 1917, ref no. e555
Item 36: One of the great craters near Messines, Messines, 31 Jul 1917, ref no. e556
Item 37: Unloading shells from motor lorry, 13 Sep 1917, ref no. e657
Item 38: Officers of an Australian infantry battalion in France, ref no. e1508
Item 39: Alf A. Mills, First World War 1914-18 , ref no. e4850
Item 40: Men in an old German 'pill-box' (concrete redoubt) near Messines, Messines, 31 Jul 1917, ref no. 548
Item 41: Battle of Messines. A lorry load of Australians near Plum Duff Avenue, Messines, 7 Jun 1917, ref no. 596
Item 42: Battle of Messines. Typical shell bursts on Hill 63, Messines, 7 Jun 1917, ref no. 597
Item 43: Battle of Messines. A couple of Australians have a close shave. They have just passed over a spot where a German shell has just burst, Messines, 7 Jun 1917, ref no. 599
Item 44: Battle of Messines. Australians watching the smoke from a burning dump on a road near Nieppe, Messines, 6 Jun 1917, ref no. 607
Item 45: German shells bursting near our gun pits in Noreuil Valley, 23 Apr 1917, ref no. 614
Item 46: Battle of Messines. Hurrying over a shell-swept road from Red Lodge, Messines, 6 Jun 1917, ref no. 615
Item 47: General Birdwood and ADC's leaving his HQ hut, 22 May 1917, ref no. 618
Item 48: General Birdwood outside his hut- at Australian HQ, 22 May 1917, ref no. 619
Item 49: An Australian pigeon motor despatch rider arrives with his basket of pigeons at Signals HQ, Vaulx, 20 May 1917, ref no. 646
Item 50: Battle of Messines. Australians studying the large contour map which was made for the troops to give them good knowledge of the country around Messines etc over which they had to attack, Pellet Point and Nieppe, 6 Jun 1917, ref no. 648
Item 51: Battle of Messines. Wagon rushing a road behind Hill 63 during German shelling of our batteries, 5 Jun 1917, ref no. 650
Item 52: Battle of Messines. Red X motor ambulance and Australian transport on shelled road from Red Lodge, Hill 63, 5 Jun 1917, ref no. 652
Item 53: Showing the effect of a 9.2 British shell on a reinforced concrete German dugout. The dugout was some ten feet below the surface of the ground. Concrete roof and walls were over two feet thick, Near Hill 60, 27 Aug 1917, ref no. 665
Item 54: Reminiscences of home'. Aust troops cutting up fodder ten miles from firing line, 2 Sep 1917, ref no. 666
Item 55: Firing a howitzer. An Aust siege battery in action, Voormezeele, 3 Sep 1917, ref no. 694
Item 56: A scene on the Menin road, 14 Sep 1917, ref no. 700
Item 57: Shell bursting amidst the ruins of Ypres, Ypres, 4 Sep 1917, ref no. 702
Item 58: Ruins at Ypres, Ypres, 3 Sep 1917, ref no. 704
Item 59: Ruins at Ypres, Ypres, 3 Sep 1917, ref no. 705
Item 60: Ruins at Ypres, Ypres, 3 Sep 1917, ref no. 706
Item 61: A big crater in Ypres. This was 75 yards in circumference, Ypres, 3 Sep 1917, ref no. 707
Item 62: Showing method of packing and securing water cans, , ref no. 708
Item 63: Boche prisoners assist in bringing in our wounded, Hooge, 20 Sep 1917, ref no. 712
Item 64: The wounded after the battle on the Menin Road awaiting ambulance transport, Near Ypres, 20 Sep 1917, ref no. 713
Item 65: Attending to the wounded at an advanced dressing station, 2 Oct 1917, ref no. 715
Item 66: The ruins of the Cloth Hall, Ypres, , ref no. 716
Item 67: The ruins of the Cloth Hall, Ypres, , ref no. 717
Item 68: The ruined tower of the Cloth Hall , Ypres, 3 Sep 1917, ref no. 721
Item 69: A typical scene near part of Menin Road (Hell Fire Corner), ref no. 732
Item 70: AFA moving up to the front, 13 Sep 1917, ref no. 750
Item 71: An Australian battalion marching to the trenches, 13 Sep 1917, ref no. 752
Item 72: Observation balloon, 13 Sep 1917, ref no. 755
Item 73: A captured strong point, Note the thickness of concrete above the entrance, 21 Sep 1917, ref no. 759
Item 74: The ground we won (near Hannebeke) The terrible effectiveness of our artillary accomplished much Boche dead in the foreground, 21 Sep 1917, ref no. 765
Item 75: Some of the dug-outs we won near Hannebeke Wood. A tribute to the terrible effectiveness of our artillary, 20 Sep 1917, ref no. 766
Item 76: A Hun 'pill-box', 21 Sep 1917, ref no. 775
Item 77: The type of ground over which the troops advanced, 21 Sep 1917, ref no. 780
Item 78: Nouneboschen (24 hours after advance), 21 Sep 1917, ref no. 781
Item 79: A crowd of the Hun prisoners crossing the battlefield, 22 Sep 1917, ref no. 789
Item 80: Hun prisoners before screen of camouflage, 27 Sep 1917, ref no. 806
Item 81: A few 'empties' used during the battle of Zonnebeke, Zonnebeke, 27 Sep 1917, ref no. 810
Item 82: Load after load of duck-boards were taken up the light railway to lay down as tracks over the newly captured ground, 3 Oct 1917, ref no. 816
Item 83: One of six Hun guns captured on Broodseinde Ridge, Broodseinde Ridge, 5 Oct 1917, ref no. 819
Item 84: Zonnebeke gasometer one of the strong points where heavy fighting took place, Zonnebeke, 5 Oct 1917, ref no. 821
Item 85: Limbers proceeding to the front loaded with ammunition, 25 Sep 1917, ref no. 829
Item 86: A method of hauling up the guns by hand, 27 Sep 1917, ref no. 831
Item 87: Supports going up at nightfall after the Battle to relieve the front trenches and note the observation balloons above the clouds, 5 Oct 1917, ref no. 833
Item 88: A few of the Boche prisoners captured by the Australians during the battle of 4 Oct 1917, 4 Oct 1917, ref no. 835
Item 89: Australian Pioneers laying a duck-board track through a crater field, 5 Oct 1917, ref no. 837
Item 90: Vlamertinghe Cemetery, here rest some of those who made the supreme sacrifrice in the cause of humanity, honour and patriotism, Vlamertinghe, 3 Oct 1917, ref no. 847
Item 91: Supply dumbs on the Menin Road, 20 Sep 1917, ref no. 861
Item 92: Glimpse over the battlefield, showing a row of concrete pill boxes, 2 Oct 1917, ref no. 870
Item 93: The prisoners receive precisley the same rations as our troops, 5 Oct 1917, ref no. 879
Item 94: Prisoners assisting during the battle to carry the wounded, 4 Oct 1917, ref no. 885
Item 95: The Hun plane brought down by machine gun fire during the afternoon of 26 Sep 1917, 26 Sep 1917, ref no. 897
Item 96: The never ceasing streams of shells in the light railway, 3 Oct 1917, ref no. 913
Item 97: A battery of 18 pounders in action, 28 Sept 1917, ref no. 920
Item 98: Pill-box' demolishers of the RMA. These enourmous shells weigh 1,400 lbs. Their explosion makes a crater 15 feet deep and 100 yards across, 5 Oct 1917, ref no. 922
Item 99: Familiarly called 'Granny'. One of the enormous weapons used to suppport Aust Inf in the recent battle, 5 Oct 1917, ref no. 923
Item 100: Caring for the feet of some Australians after coming out of the trenches, 14 Oct 1917, ref no. 942
Item 101: The arrival of mails welcomed after a spell in the trenches, 14 Oct 1917, ref no. 946
Item 102: The muleteers water-carrying are able to follow the corduroy tracks, but the infantry had to cross the boggy marshes before the tracks could be laid down, Zonnebeke Bog, 15 Oct 1917, ref no. 952
Item 103: Laying down a mule track, Near Zonnebeke, 17 Oct 1917, ref no. 958
Item 104: A mule team stuck in the mud, 19 Oct 1917, ref no. 962
Item 105: Stretcher-bearers struggling through mud with wounded Huns, Zonnebeke , 11 Oct 1917, ref no. 966
Item 106: Reinforcement stretcher-bearers going up to the front lines follow the duck-boards over the marshes, Zonnebeke , 11 Oct 1917, ref no. 968
Item 107: The mud covered corduroy track enables the men to pass over the Zonnebeke marshes, 15 Oct 1917, ref no. 977
Item 108: The ceaseless streams of transport in a village 'bussing' Australian troops to the line, 26 Oct 1917, ref no. 1105
Item 109: The ruins of the Cathedral and Cloth Hall , Ypres, 23 Oct 1917, ref no. 1122
Item 110: Fresh troops passing through ruins on the way to take over the front line, ref no. 1124
Item 111: Stretcher bearers on the duckboards. A typical glimpse of Ypres battlefield, Ypres, 15 Oct 1917, ref no. 1127
Item 112: A railway line being shelled by German high explosives, ref no. 1172
Item 113: Taken during the battle of Passchendaele. Wounded by the advance Aid Post, Near Tokio, 12 Oct 1917, ref no. 1202
Item 114: A battery of great Howitzers supporting the Australians, 31 Oct 1917, ref no. 1218
Item 115: Inflating a gas-bag observation balloon, Near Ypres, 24 Oct 1917, ref no. 1248
Item 116: Ypres from the air, Ypres, 31 Oct 1917, ref no. 1256
Item 117: General Birdwood presenting medals to the men of the 3rd Australia Division. Men of the AAMC came up for a share, Neuve Eglise, 4 Dec 1917, ref no. 1272
Item 118: General Birdwood presenting medals to the men of the 3rd Australia Division, Neuve Eglise, 4 Dec 1917, ref no. 1272
Item 119: A long line of Australians marching up to receive Military Medals. The numbers presented are in the Hundreds, Neuve Eglise, 4 Dec 1917, ref no. 1274
Item 120: Medal presentation, ref no. 1276
Item 121: One of the bridges laid by the 40th Battn across the Donve river during their charge across no-man's land at Messines on 7 June. Two of these actual bridges are being preserved by the Australians War records section , Messines, 27 Nov 1917, ref no. 1282
Item 122: At the Australia Comforts Fund Canteen all men from the line are given free cups of cocoa. Infantry take theirs in the building while the artillerymen stay with their horses, 21 Oct 1917, ref no. 1297
Item 123: An operating theatre in an Australian casualty clearing station, 23 Nov 1917, ref no. 1304
Item 124: A main dressing station - the first of its kind - used by the Australians during the battle of Messines, ref no. 1314
Item 125: Australian officers, ref no. 1327
Item 126: Band 41st Battalion, ref no. 1503
Item 127: Officers 44th Battalion, ref no. 1504
Item 128: NCO 44nd, ref no. 1519
Item 129: Officers 42nd Battalion AIF, ref no. 1520
Item 130: NCO 41st Battalion AIF, ref no. 1521
Item 131: An Australian Signalling section preparing a meal in the open, Veaux sur Somme, 29 Mar 1918, ref no. 1869
Item 132: The last solemn rites'. The picture illustrates one of those impressive though unrecorded daily incidents of the battlefield. In the presence of a small company of stalwart Australia gravediggers the bodies of three of their comrades are placed to rest where the laid down their lives for King and Empire, , ref no. 3092
Item 133: A typical sight during the recent advance, ref no. 3110
Item 134: Australian sports behind the lines in France. A view of the betting ring and saddling paddock during the mule race events, ref no. 3285
Item 135: Interior of a ward at the Australian hospital in France, ref no. 3442
Item 136: Band of the 5th AIB marching through burning Bapaume street, 19 Mar 1917
Item 137: A sticky place that is always taken at the trot: Hellfire Corner, Menin Road, 27 Sep 1917
Item 138: One of our Allies whose mighty voice thunders out peace terms. Used in the recent battle to support the Australians, 5 Oct 1917
Item 139: AFC starting out on a night bombing 'stint'
Item 140: Welcome after First World War, Bendigo
Item 141: Portrait of a young Officer
Item 142: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 143: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 144: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 145: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 146: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 147: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 148: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 149: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 150: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 151: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 152: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 153: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 154: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 155: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 156: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 157: Aerial photograph (duplicate of 156)
Item 158: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 159: Aerial photograph (duplicate of 158)
Item 160: Aerial photograph : places marked
Item 161: Aerial photograph (duplicate of 160)

Postcards

Box 4
Four albums of largely unused postcards collected during World War I. Also includes postcards addressed to Eric Shapcott, Harold Shapcott's younger brother who died in a shooting accident at Glasshouse Mountains in 1918.
Album 1
96 unused postcards in a modern card album. Subjects include landscape views and buildings in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Tenerife, Perth (W.A.) as well as a few comical cards
Album 2
108 unused postcards in a modern card album. Subjects include landscape views and buildings in France.
Album 3
96 unused postcards in a modern card album. Subjects include landscape views and buildings in the United Kingdom.
Album 4
180 postcards, some used, in an old album. Includes mostly greeting cards, but also 52 views of Australian towns and cities.

Realia.

Objects collected in the course of research for the books Masked Eden and Lieutenant Martin's Letters.

Diaries

Eight war service diaries, 1915 - 1919. Includes the diary of a German soldier with Shapcott's note at front: 'Captured... near Ypres'.

Glass plate negatives

21 glass plate negatives created by Mary Christison:

  1. ‘Mattamundukka waterhole at the Lammermoor Homestead’, published in Bennett, Mary M., ‘Records’, Vol 1, p70
  2. ‘Mattemundukka on Tower Hill Creek’
  3. ‘Lammermoor Homestead’
  4. ‘Royal Wilton Stud cows’
  5. ‘My last muster’
  6. ‘Robert Christison in 1857’
  7. Notes of race on back of photograph of R Christison
  8. ‘R Christison, 1912’
  9. ‘R Christison, 1877’ [damaged]
  10. ‘Tommy’, full portrait of a young child taken in 1898
  11. ‘Tommy’, in European dress in garden taken in 1898
  12. ‘Warmbunny’ taken in 1898
  13. ‘Charley’, portrait taken in 1898
  14. ‘Kyra’, portrait taken in 1898
  15. ‘Kyra’, portrait taken in 1898
  16. ‘Ko Bro’, portrait taken in 1896
  17. ‘Topsy’, portrait taken in 1898
  18. ‘Ko Bro’, portrait taken in 1898
  19. ‘Ko Bro’ portrait taken in 1896
  20. ‘Wyma’, portrait taken in 1898
  21. ‘Ko Bro, Wyma and friends’.

Bennett, M. M. (Mary Montgomerie), 1881-1961

Records collected by Mrs Bennett when compiling the history of Robert Christison, 1837-1915

Two bound scrapbooks of records collected by Mary M. Bennett when compiling the history of her father, Sir Robert Christison, The bound volumes include: newspaper cuttings, extracts of newspaper cuttings, pamphlets, photographs, reprints of articles, and typescripts written by or relating to Sir Robert Christison and the Dalleburra people who lived on the same land. Most of the material covers the period 1870 to 1910.

Bennett, M. M. (Mary Montgomerie), 1881-1961

Correspondence and notes.

Two folders: 1. 9 letters, typescript and handwritten, received by Mrs Bennett from overseas institutions and friends re her donation and her book Christison of Lammermoor; and 2. accompanying notes compiled by Mrs Bennett for the slides in Series C.

Bennett, M. M. (Mary Montgomerie), 1881-1961

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