Photos

Paratroopers jumping from Douglas DC3
over Markham Valley in New Guinea 1943

Keith James Coburn

Keith Coburn from Swan Hill joined the 2/8 Armoured Division in July 1941 and
served in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands until he was discharged from service in February 1946.
Images below contains scenes from his time on the islands.

Keith and fellow members of the 42 Australian Landing Craft Company.

The group photograph below was taken on the day company member John Robert Burke from Ararat was killed.  Keith always said he wasn’t sure why any of them were smiling as they’d just lost their mate, but kept a picture of John’s headstone with this picture in honour of his mate.
Image of John Robert Burke has been added for the purpose of this exhibition.

42 Australian Landing Craft Company

42 Australian Landing Craft Company. Keith Coburn is pictured far right.

Headstone of John Robert Burke.

Headstone of John Robert Burke.

John Robert Burke.

John Robert Burke.

Edmond John Seager

Edmond Seager, from Murrawee, joined the army in July 1943 and was discharged as a Craftsman in the 127 Brigade Workshop in September 1946.
These photographs are from Edmonds personal collection and were taken while he was posted in New Guinea.

Wrecked Japanese Nitsubishi Bomber on Boram Airstrip New Guinea

Wrecked Japanese Mitsubishi Bomber on Boram Airstrip New Guinea.

Edmond John Seager

Edmond John Seager.

A Sing-Sing on Christmas Day 1945 at Wewak Cape Moem

A Sing-Sing on Christmas Day 1945 at Wewak, Cape Moem.

Leaving Wewak January 4 1946

Leaving Wewak January 4 1946.

Papuan Infantry Battalion Band

Papuan Infantry Battalion Band.

Papuan Infantry Battalion Band

Papuan Infantry Battalion Band.

Marguerite Ellen Holmes (Daisy Roberts)

Daisy, a local centenarian from Nyah, joined the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) in 1943.
These photos were taken when Daisy was posted as a typist at Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

"The N.T. Force Regimental Band practiced each afternoon at the back of the 'Castle' where I worked and played at the Hospital each Sunday, and for all special occasions."

"Florence, Janet, Daisy + Mickie.  'Supply' got together a show called
'Hells and Yells' which ran for 3 nights and was a great success."

Hells and Yells

"Kit, Dot, Jimmie and I in our ballet costumes of pale blue organdie and tule, with diamonties on the bodice."

"The 'Castle' was the Army HQ for the area.  They flew the flag from the pole in front of the building, in the centre of a lovely garden."

"On Sunday mornings the band played for the Church Service at the hospital over the way from the Bks."

"A service was held at the Monument on Anzac Hill"

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