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  • Title
    Hogue family papers relating to Oliver Hogue, 1912-1920
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    MLMSS 8814/Boxes 1-4
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  • Physical Description
    0.47 metres of textual material, 713 photographs and 22 objects (4 boxes)

    Oliver Hogue (1880-1919), journalist of Glebe Point, Sydney enlisted aged 34 in the Australian Imperial Force as a trooper with the 6th Light Horse Regiment, Sept. 1914. Commissioned second lieutenant in November, he embarked for Egypt with the 2nd L.H. Brigade on the Suevic, 20 Dec. 1914. Hogue served on Gallipoli with the Light Horse (dismounted) for five months, was promoted lieutenant May 1915 and had a temporary appointment as orderly officer to Colonel (Sir) Granville Ryrie, the brigade commander. He was invalided to England with enteric fever, Oct. 1915. In Nov. 1916 he was seconded to Double Squadron at Abbassia. Oliver Hogue went through the whole campaign of the Desert Mounted Corps, but was admitted to 3rd London General Hospital with influenza, Feb. 1919 and died on 3 March 1919. He was buried in the Australian military section of Brookwood cemetery. He was unmarried. His twin sister Amy had died the previous year.

    As 'Trooper Bluegum' he wrote articles for the Herald subsequently collected in the books Love Letters of an Anzac (London, 1916) and Trooper Bluegum at the Dardanelles (London, 1916). Sometimes representing war as almost a sport, he took pride in seeing 'the way our young Australians played the game of war'. As well as the articles sent to Australia, and some in English magazines, Hogue wrote a third book, The Cameliers (London, 1919), also some verse. His contributions to Australia in Palestine (Sydney, 1919), edited by H. S. Gullett and C. Barrett, were two poems and an essay on the Camel Brigade.

    National Archives of Australia
    Australian Dictionary of Biography. (accessed 12 December, 2012)
  • Scope and Content
    SERIES 01
    Oliver Hogue letters, November 1914-26 February 1919

    SERIES 02
    Oliver Hogue pictorial material, 1915-1919

    SERIES 03
    Hogue family realia, ca. 1912-1920

    SERIES 04
    Unidentified World War I soldiers, possibly Lieutenant Oliver Hogue, ca. 1914-1919
  • Source
    Presented by Anne Lane, August 2012
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and can take up to four days to retrieve.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Created before 1955 (Photographs)
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
    Copyright status:: In copyright (Manuscripts)
    Research & study copies allowed: Author has been deceased for more than 50 years
  • General note

    Letters in Folder 4 are incomplete

    State Library of New South Wales collection of World War I letters
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