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845191
  • Title
    Records of the European War Collecting Project, established by the Trustees of the Mitchell Library in 1918
  • Level of description
    Aggregated collection
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    845191
  • Scope and Content
    `During the war period the Trustees sought to acquire original letters and diaries of Australian soldiers. A considerable sum was expended in the purchase of such records, and many were received as gifts. The collection includes a presentation copy of Sir Ian Hamilton's "Gallipoli diary" with a tribute to the Australian troops under his command, and a part of his original typescript despatch with his own corrections in pencil; also the original telegraphic despatches from Gallipoli of Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, and typescripts of his Gallipoli diaries. There are letters from Viscount Allenby, Sir William Birdwood and Sir Henry Rawlinson, and a large number of valuable diaries of members of the Australian Imperial Forces.'

    Reference:
    The Mitchell Library, Sydney : historical and descriptive notes / issued by the Trustees of the Public Library of New South Wales in the centenary year of the founder / Ida Leeson. Sydney : The Library, 1936.

    Records listed alphabetically:

    Addy diaries, 9 August 1915-20 March 1920 / Francis Vincent Addy
    Alcock diary and reminiscences of experiences in the first World War, 1917-1919 / Thomas H. Alcock
    Alexander diary, 1917-1918 / Roy Alexander
    Allsop war diaries, 1915-1917 / Wilfred Joseph Allan Allsop
    Alwyne war diary, April - May 1915 / Charles Alwyne
    Antill war diary, 1915-1916 / John Macquarie Antill

    Bailey narrative of life aboard an Australian troopship, 22 October-28 December 1918 / Ernest Bailey
    Baker diary, 1918-1919 / Charles Albert Baker
    Baker letter, 17 December 1919 / H. Baker
    Balme letter and diary, 29 April 1918 / Gerald Archibald Balme
    Bartlett diaries, 3 April 1915-1919 / Leonard Victor Bartlett
    Barwick diaries, 22 August 1914 - 26 January 1919 / Archibald Albert Barwick
    Bell diary, 11 December 1915 - 21 July 1916 / James E. Bell
    Bell papers, 14 April 1917-14 May 1918 / George William David Bell
    Bell war diary, 16 December 1915 - 26 October 1916 / Roy Pinto Bell
    Bendrey war diaries, 16 May 1915-17 September 1916 / William Ewart Bendrey
    Benham scrapbook, May 1918-March 1919 / Alfred Horace Benham
    Bennett war diary, 1914-1915 / J. Bennett
    Benson war diary kept while a prisoner of war in Germany, 1917-1918 / Claude Corderoy Benson
    Berry war diaries, 1915-1918 / Herbert Vincent Berry
    Birkbeck papers, 1915-1919 / Gordon Tunstall Birkbeck
    Blake diary, 1917-1919 / Frank Blake
    Bleackley log of H.M.A.S. Australia, 1914-1916 / Hubert Bleackley
    Blundell diaries, 1915-1918 / Richard Blundell
    Booth war journal, 1915 / John Booth
    Bordeaux diary and papers concerning the ship Emden, 29 July 1914-3 January 1915 / Franz Bordeaux
    Bowler war diary, 21 May-July 1917 / William (Bill) Gordon Bowler
    Bray war diaries, 1915-1919 / Alfred Ernest Cornelius Bray
    Brewer diaries, 1914-1919 / Hector Brewer
    Brewer papers, 20 June 1917-16 April 1919 / Francis Joseph Campbell Brewer
    Brewster 'A Glimpse of War through a Private's Eyes', a retrospective account of experiences in World War I, 1915-1917 / John James Brewster
    Brierley letters, 1918-1919/ Norman Brierley
    Britton war diaries and field messages, 8 September 1916-19 February 1919 / C. J. Britton
    Brooks war diary, 23 October 1916-19 November 1918 / J. Brooks
    Brown diary, 1916-1917 / Allan Dunn Brown
    Brown war diary, February 10, 1914 - November 5, 1918 / Herbert A. Brown
    Bryan war diary, 17 August 1914-4 July 1918 / Edward Patrick Bryan
    Burgess diaries, 3 September 1914-15 December 1918 / Joseph George Burgess
    Burgis war diary, 26 June - 29 October 1915 / Frederick Carrington Burgis
    Burrell diaries, 20 December 1915-1 July 1919 / William Henry Thornhill Burrell
    Burstal's narrative of demobilisation events, 1919 / John Acheson Burstal

    Camroux papers, 2 March 1915-15 November 1920 / W. H. Camroux
    Cave letters, 1915-1919 / Harrie Joseph Cave
    Choat war narrative, 1916-1918 / Wesley Paul Choat
    Cicognani diary, 1 November 1914-September 1915 / Henry Claude Cicognani
    Clarke diary, 1916-1917 / William Owen Clarke
    Clarke war diaries, 17 November 1915-14 December 1916 / Eric Roy Clarke
    Cleary diaries, 1916-1919 / Thomas Joseph Cleary
    Cocks letter diary, 1916-1919 / Verner Cocks
    Cohen war diaries, 1916-1919 / Benjamin Alfred Cohen
    Colley-Priest diary, 9 November 1915-11 June 1919 / Langford Wellman Colley-Priest
    Compton diaries, 17 March 1915 - 11 January 1919 / Albert Richmond Compton
    Copley war diaries, 9 October 1915-5 January 1918 / Harold William Robert Copley
    Cox diaries, 21 March 1916-10 April 1919 /Rudolph William Arthur Cox
    Crooks war diary, 11 February 1915 - 24 May 1918 / Thomas Ray Crooks

    Darchy war diaries, 16 June 1917-9 May 1919 / Thomas Darchy
    De Mouncey diary, 1917-1918 / Ernest de Mouncey
    Donnell papers, 1915-1919 / Anne Donnell

    Edmonds diaries, 21 December 1917-27 January 1918 / Frederick Leonard Edmonds
    Edmondson diaries, 1916-1918 / George Edward Edmondson
    Evans war diaries, August 1914-December 1918 / Maurice Cann Evans

    Farrell war diary, 2 February-17 September 1915 / Herbert W. Farrell
    Fell war diaries, 1916-1919 / Robert Valentine Fell
    Fisher diaries, 15 January 1917 - 31 December 1918 / Culbert Cecil Fisher
    Flanagan diary, 1916-1917 / Edwin John Flanagan
    Fletcher letters, 1914-1919 / Archie George Fletcher
    Fox diary, 25 June 1915-20 December 1916 / Stanley Josiah Fox
    Francis William Roberts papers, 1918-1919
    Freebody war diaries, 1916-1919 / Arthur Henry Freebody
    Fuljames diary, 5 June-3 October 1917 with 2 letters, 29 October 1917? and 18 April 1918 / Harris John Foljambe Fuljames

    Geddes diaries, 31 March-5 September 1918 / Clifford Mervyn Geddes
    Gibson diaries, 17 November 1914-6 March 1916 / Hunter Gibson
    Giles papers, 16 May 1915-12 April 1919 / John Albert Giles
    Giles papers, 9 May 1914-13 May 1919 / Arthur Clyde Giles
    Gill war diaries, 8 August 1915-15 February 1919 / G. T. Gill
    Gillett war narrative, 6 March 1916-30 July 1920 / Walter Edward Gillett
    Gissing war diaries, 1914-1919 / Henry Ernest Gissing
    Goodwin war diaries, 25 April 1915-4 December 1918 / Thomas Edward Goodwin
    Gordon war narrative, ca. 1914-1917 / Alexander Dundas Gordon
    Gower war diaries, 24 April-19 September 1915 / George Ernest Gower
    Grant papers, 1917-1918 / Douglas Grant
    Green diary, 14 August 1915-3 March 1919 / James Green
    Greig war diary, 21 October 1916-18 March 1917 / Malcolm Murray Alexander Greig
    Grinyer diaries, 29 March 1916-3 January 1918/ Alfred E. Grinyer

    Hall papers, 2 May 1915-October 1916 /Peter Roiden Hall
    Halse war diary, 1 February 1916-4 May 1917/ Edward George Halse
    Hamilton war diaries, 13 March 1916-1 July 1919 / Robert Saunderson Hamilton
    Hamilton-Kenny letter diaries, 29 August 1914-26 February 1915 / Frederick Hamilton-Kenny
    Hardy diaries, 9 October 1915-26 November 1917 / William Daniel Hardy
    Hargreaves diaries and papers, 1914-1953 / Charles Hargreaves
    Harris diaries, 17 August 1914-27 December 1918 / Robert Harris
    Harris narrative of the capture of S.S. Matunga and experiences as a prisoner of war, ca. 1918 / Keith Harris
    Harris war diaries, 1915-1919 / Benjamin Harris
    Harris war diaries, 6 September 1915-25 May 1919 / Herbert H. Harris
    Harslett diaries, 3 June 1915-31 December 1918 /Cyril Harslett
    Hawkes diaries, 13 May 1916-16 December 1917 / Thomas Chudleigh Hawkes
    Hayne war diaries, 13 May 1916-21 August 1919 / Stanley Hayne
    Hellmann diaries, 17 August 1914-1 November 1915 / Arthur Langley Hellmann
    Hennell war diary, 6 October 1916-18 August 1919 / W. T. A. Hennell
    Hill's letter from The Front, sent from London, 29 August 1915 / William John Rusden Hill
    Hockey war diary, 31 October-25 December 1918 / Reginald Hockey
    Hodge war diary, 17 December 1915-6 July 1919 / P. Hodge
    Holt diaries, 4 June 1915-13 October 1919 / Oliver Lucien Samuel Holt
    Horton war diary, ca. 1918 / Douglas David Horton
    Hurley war diaries, 29 September 1915-22 November 1916 / Percival Joseph Hurley
    Hutton war diaries, 1915-1918 / John Thomas Hutton
    Hyder's letter to his mother, written 27-28 July 1915 / Laurie E. Hyder
    Hyman diaries and papers, 22 August 1914 - 13 December 1915 / Arthur Wellesley Hyman

    Iles war diary, 1914-1919 / G. H. Iles

    James war reminiscences, August 1914-August 1918 / Mrs Britomarte James
    Job letters and diary, 29 July 1917-16 May 1919 / Bernard Cedric Job
    Joyce diaries, 19 January 1916-31 December 1917 / John Joyce

    Keary papers, 19 August 1915-1918 / John F. Keary
    Keatinge diary, 25 November 1916-13 November 1918 / M. B. Keatinge
    King diary, 1 April-31 August 1917 / James Clive Selwyn King
    King war diary, 8 May-21 September 1915 / Henry Aubrey King

    Laseron diary, December 23, 1914-April 29, 1915 / Charles Francis Laseron
    Lee diary, 14 August 1914-18 February 1915 / C. Lee
    Letters written on active service during World War I, 1914-1919
    Lewis war diary, August 1917-March 1919 / James Ray Lewis
    Liddle diary and notebook, June 1915-December 1918 / James Robert Liddle
    Linton war diaries, 1916-1918 / Noel Glendenning Linton
    Lowe diary, 17 September-12 November 1918 / John Henry Lowe
    Luders war diaries, 18 October 1914-8 November 1917 / Edward Michael Luders

    MacArty war diary, 20 October 1914-24 July 1916 / Humphrey Warren Barker MacArty
    MacDonald letters, 14 June-24 August 1918 / James Stuart MacDonald
    MacDonald war diaries, 12 May 1915-13 September 1916 / Donald E. MacDonald
    MacNamara diary, 19 August 1916-29 May 1919 / John Patrick MacNamara
    Macrae war diaries, 12 November 1914-18 April 1918 / Gordon Macrae
    Maddox diaries, 13 May 1915-11 June 1919 /John Owen Maddox
    Makinson letter diaries, 10 April 1915-3 January 1916 / Frank T. Makinson
    Marks war diary, 7 August 1914-21 December 1918 / Douglas Gray Marks
    Marsh letter diary, 14 January-2 March 1917 / Henry James Marsh
    Marshall papers, 22 February 1916-20 July 1919 / James Joseph Marshall
    Martin diaries, 25 October 1916-31 December 1917 / Edwin John Martin
    Martin war diary, 11 August-21 October 1914 / Jack W. Martin
    McCarthy papers, 1915-1916 / Sidney McCarthy
    McClintock diaries, 21 September 1915-18 July 1918 / George Thomas McClintock
    McKay diary, 5 August 1916-24 May 1919 / Leslie James McKay
    McKenzie diaries, 8 October 1914-5 December 1918 / James McKenzie
    McKinley diaries, 1915-1916 / Thomas John McKinley
    McLean letters, 18 December 1915-August 1916 / James Joseph McLean
    Melly diaries, 3 January 1917-12 July 1918 / Oscar Melly
    Mercer papers, 9 December 1917-19 June 1919 / Harold Mercer
    Middleton diaries, 1916-1919 / William Frankfort Middleton
    Minahan diary, 1 January 1917-3 January 1918 / M. Minahan
    Mitchell diary, 8 May 1915-1 September 1918 / K. J. Mitchell
    Molony war diaries, 26 April 1916-10 February 1919 / Frank Henderson Molony
    Monk war diaries, 11 November 1916-12 November 1919 / Cecil George Monk
    Moon war diary, 30 October 1916-19 March 1919 / Eric Moon
    Moore diaries, 9 November 1915-2 April 1919/ Arthur John Moore
    Moore letters and papers, 10 February 1907-15 March 1918 / Ralph Ingram Moore
    Morleville diary, 4 August-15 November 1914 / Anthony de Morleville
    Morris diary, 20 December 1915-22 August 1916 / Robert Irvine Morris
    Morris war diaries, 18 October 1914-22 February 1917, with Turkish Koran, diary and proclamation / Alfred Prichard Kington Morris
    Morris war diaries, 8 July 1916-7 February 1919 / Leslie Morris
    Morrison diaries, 13 October 1917-8 September 1919 / J. E. Morrison
    Murphy war diary, 18 October 1914-14 January 1916 / Samuel Thomas Michael Murphy
    Murray diaries, 27 August 1914-5 November 1918 / E. Murray

    Nash diary and miscellaneous papers, 1915-1916 / John Brady Nash
    Nicholson diaries, 14 January 1916-23 May 1918 / William Henry Nicholson
    Nixon family papers, 1906-1919
    Norris war diaries, 1915, and narrative 1914-1916 / Sam Norris

    O'Donnell diary, 6 December 1917-29 April 1918 / James Francis O'Donnell
    O'Hare war diary and papers, 12 August 1914-15 October 1918 / A. O'Hare
    Osborne diary, 16 December 1916-22 August 1919 / William Toovey Osborne
    Ottway war diaries, 3 November 1915-10 May 1919 /Lancelot McArthur Ottway

    Palmer war diary, 8 Dec. 1915-17 April 1919 / John A. Palmer
    Partridge diary, 1914-1917 / Darrell Partridge
    Pearce war diaries, 30 June 1915-26 December 1917 / Maurice Evelyn Pearce
    Pearson diaries, 1 May 1916-2 November 1918 / William Pearson
    Peters war records and letters, June 1916-August 1919 / Charles Harold Peters
    Peterson diaries and sketches, 1 January 1916-3 May 1917 / William Peterson
    Phelps diary, 3 May 1916-11 June 1919 / Edwin Walter Phelps
    Potter diaries, 17 August 1918-16 January 1919 / Reynold Cleve Potter
    Probert war diaries, 21 August 1914-19 September 1919 / John Keith Probert
    Pye diaries and papers, 14 December 1914-10 January 1919 / Joseph Henry Pye
    Pyke diaries, 14 September 1914-31 December 1917, and papers, 1914-1918 / Arthur Richard Pyke

    Rainsford diaries, 1914-1918 / Walter Bruce Rainsford
    Read war diaries, 17 August 1914-19 February 1915 / Clarence Hansby Read
    Reynolds diary, 30 January- 4 November 1915 / Wynfrith Revell Reynolds
    Rhodes diary, 26 June 1915-4 April 1916 / Oscar Rhodes
    Richardson war narrative, 1916-1918 / Leslie Duncan Richardson
    Riddell letter, 28 July 1922 / Clarence Riddell
    Rider war diary, 20 March 1915-4 March 1916 / Edwin Rider
    Riley diary and letter, 5 August 1914; 21 July 1913-25 January 1915 / Rev. Frederick Riley
    Rodda diaries, 1917-1919 / Arthur Leslie Rodda
    Rosenthal diaries, 25 September 1914-5 January 1920 / Sir Charles Rosenthal
    Ruskin logs, 1914-1918 / Alfred Ruskin

    Savige diary and photographs, 2 January 1918-27 January 1919 / Stanley George Savige
    Schaeffer war diaries, 14 July 1915-18 February 1919 / Louis Eugene Michael Schaeffer
    Scott diary, 23 October 1917-27 May 1918 with letter 5 November 1918 re experiences in France and the Battle of Amiens, 8 August 1918 / John Philipson Scott
    Sheehy log of H. M. S. Orama, 1914-1917 / D. A. Sheehy
    Shipman diaries, 28 May 1915-21 May 1919 / James Shipman
    Silas diary, 1914-1916 / Ellis Silas
    Smith diaries, 13 December 1914-26 February 1919 / Frank H. Smith
    Smith diaries, 18 October 1914-2 September 1915 / Claude Stanley Smith
    Smith letters, 16 February 1914-19 August 1919 / Arthur Henson Smith
    Smyth war narrative, 28 March-12 June 1919 / A. McVicker Smyth
    Sparke letter diary, 23 August 1914-June 1917 / Edward Rashleigh Sparke
    Sparkes papers, 1914-1917 / William Percival Sparkes
    Stanley papers, 1916-1918 / Malcolm Shore Stanley
    Stettler 'The Battles of the Nations': being an account of war service in France, 1916 / composed by J.H. Stettler and written by private P.J. Stettler
    Stuart diaries, 18 March 1915-28 December 1916 / Leslie Kemnitz Stuart
    Sullivan letter diary, 27 October 1915-9 October 1917 / Eugene Sullivan

    Taylor war diary, 16 January 1916-22 July 1919 / Tom Taylor
    Tennent war narrative, 30 September 1916-1 October 1919
    Todd war diary, 3 August 1914-29 February 1916 / Arthur Todd
    Tomlins war diaries, 21 August 1914 - 28 April 1917 / Fred Harold Tomlins
    Tucker diaries, 14 September 1914-25 April 1917 / H. F. W. Tucker

    Urquhart papers, 24 October 1917-19 July 1918 / Walter James Urquhart

    Vial war diary, 6 August-19 November 1915 /John James Vial
    Vick letters, 1916-1918 / Frederick Harold Vick
    Vowles war diaries, August 1914-September 1919 / Rupert Taylor Vowles

    Wagstaff war narrative, 18-20 May 1915 / Cyril Mosley Wagstaff
    Walford papers, ca. 1914-1917 / Dudley V. Walford
    Ward diary, 30 October 1917-16 January 1918 / Ernest Henry Ward
    Ward diary, 6 October 1914 - 28 July 1915 / Eric Harford Ward
    Watson war diary, 1917 / William Charles Watson
    Weir papers, 1899-1919 / Frank Valentine Weir
    Wells war diary, 11 April-31 December 1917 / Donald Percival Wells
    Weston message books, 1915-1917 / Phillip Herman S. Weston
    Wheat war diaries and narratives, February 1914-ca. 1920 / John Harrison Wheat
    Whettam diaries, 14 January 1915-21 September 1918 / Eric Whettam
    White diaries, 18 May 1916-16 June 1919 / Thomas Alexander White
    Whitehead papers, February 1916-March 1919/ David Adie Whitehead
    William Bradbury diary, 1915-1917
    Wilmot account, written in February 1932, of the training of the Australian Wireless Squadron at Parramatta Park and Prospect in 1913 / Thomas R. Wilmot
    Wilson diaries, 17 May 1916-1 June 1919 / John Davison Wilson
    Wiltshire diaries, 1 August 1915-11 September 1919 / Aubrey Roy Liddon Wiltshire
    Wittey diary, 12 June-27 December 1915 / Leonard Arthur Wittey
    Wright diaries, 1915-1917 / Walter Vicery Wright
    Wynne letters to Claude Leplastrier, 29 October, 15 November 1923 / R. H. Wynne

    Young diaries, 9 November 1917-6 August 1919 / J. McC Young
    Young war diaries, 1916-1919 / Sydney Bond Young

    This collection includes pictorial material aggregated under the title:
    World War I, 1914-1919 : pictorial material
  • Variant title

    Also known as the Soldiers' Diaries Collection or War Diaries Collection
  • General note

    The Library holds other manuscript and pictorial collections relating to the First World War that have been acquired separately from the European War Collecting Project. This additional material may be located within collections of personal and family papers.

    You can find all the war diaries and letters by compiling the following ADVANCED SEARCH:
    Anywhere = world war 1914-1918 (phrase) and Type of material = Textual Records

    For drawings and photographs, search for:
    Anywhere = world war 1914-1918 (phrase) and Type of material = Graphic Materials

    For objects (realia) relating to World War 1 search for:
    Anywhere = world war 1914-1918 (phrase) and Type of material = Objects
    State Library of New South Wales collection of World War I diaries

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