Albany & Visiting Troops 1916

Letter published in the Albany Advertiser, May 6, 1916
Albany and Visiting Troops

(To the Editor)
When I arrived in Sydney just after the men at Liverpool broke camp and rioted the streets in Sydney, a big temperance meeting was held in the suburb where I was staying. One of the speakers said "We should take example from the women of Albany, who, when our troops passed through their town, threw open their Town Hall and gave our men tea and coffee, thus keeping many a lad out of the grog shops and made them feel all Australia was one."

I quote from memory. Another time I was at Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains. A subscription was got up at the boarding-house for comforts for the soldiers. When I put my name and address down, two ladies came to me and told me one had a son, the other a nephew, both from New Zealand and asked me to convey to the women of Albany their hearty thanks for the way their boys had been welcomed and treated at Albany.

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Gallipoli - Letters from the Troops - Wounded on a Boat 1915

Sydney Morning Herald, June 12, 1915

The following extracts are from a letter sent by Private Cowham, who was wounded at Gallipoli, to his father, Corporal Cowham, at the Veterans' Home, La Perouse -

Sunday has played a big part in the past   with us, as you will see by the following instances: We left Broadmeadows for embarkation on Sunday, arrived at Albany on Sunday, left the following Sunday, arrived at Colombo on Sunday, arrived at Alexandria on Sunday,  left Mena Camp for the front on Sunday and landed on Turkish soil on a Sunday.

On our troopship were two battalions, the 6th and 7th. The 7th were told to man the boats, B Company, my company, being given the post of honour, the first landing party.  

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Harrison Funeral 1915

Perth Daily News, Tuesday 19 January 1915

Albany Notes
Funeral of Private Harrison an impressive ceremony. Albany, Jan 18

The funeral of Private Harrison, a member of the Australian Expeditionary Forces, who died in the hospital yesterday afternoon, took place this afternoon, the deceased being accorded full military honours, and the ceremony was a most impressive one.

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Fitzpatrick letter from Aden 1915

Windsor and Richmond Gazette, January 8, 1915

The following extracts are made from a letter received last week by Mr J. C. L. Fitzpatrick from Lieut. A. L. Fitzpatrick, Quartermaster, 1st Division Australian Light Horse, now in training in Egypt.

We went straight to Albany from Sydney without a stop. The first day out the weather was a little rough, but after that and right up here, we have had it beautiful, with smooth seas. It was a wonderful sight in King George's Sound, Albany, with thirty troopships and five warships, all at anchor and a warship patrolling outside all the time. The ten ships of the New Zealanders arrived a few days after we did and made a fine show. All their boats are painted grey like warships. We left Albany on the Sunday morning, November 1 and put to sea three lines. Can you picture it 38 ships in three lines, all equal distances apart? We had nice weather right through the Indian Ocean to Colombo, which we reached a fortnight later, at noon.

We passed Galle in the early morning and sighted Adams Peak, the highest in Ceylon. The natives in their catamarans were in hundreds round the ships. Colombo is a beautiful place. I had the good luck to go ashore with the Colonel on the Monday, after going down on the flagship the Orvielo.

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Albany & Troopship Expenditure 1915

West Australian, February 16, 1915

To the Editor
Sir, The Premier in an interview published this week in your paper, stated that £70,030 had been spent by the troopships in Albany. As I consider this in exaggeration and inclined to do our town more harm than good, I beg leave to deny the statement and to say further that the amount did not exceed £20,000, which figure I consider well over the mark.

I am not talking wildly, as I know approximately the amounts of some of the big orders put through. I know the lines which were most in demand and I doubt if the whole of the stock of those lines throughout the State were put together, they would come to half the amount stated by the Premier.

R B. Merrifield
Albany, Feb. 13, 1915