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n of events the Defence Depa r tment had received
heir service and anxious to join the firs t forces'.
ust 27, 1914, the first list of local volunteers was
d T. Doughty, who have volunteered for war, left
October 1914 on page three the Corryong Cou rier
ouse" Towong, and Mr J. Mocatta of Tooma, who
t Albury, and went to Sydney last Friday evening.'
Victoria requires an average of
eighty recruits daily, to reinforce
Victorians at the front,
Age, 18 to 45 ye ars; minimum
height 5ft. 2in .; chest
me asu rement, 33in.
RATES OF PAY.
Lieutenant, 21/ per day;
sergeant, 10/6; corporal, 10/;
Mar ried members receiving
less than 8/per day---(a) for wife
living at home, 1/5 per day; (b)
for ea ch child under 10 years
of age, 41/2d per day. A similar
allowance a s in (a) is paid to
the mother of a member who
is wholly dependant on him for
Payable to widow on de ath of
member of the forces or to a
member on total in capacity:
Lieutenant. £91 per annum;
sergeant, £70 per an num;
corporal, £68 per an num:
private, £52 per annum. In
addition, on the death or total
incapacity of a member, for
e ach child under l6 years of age,
£13 per annum. In the case of
total incapacity, the wife in
addition receives half the
late specified above for the
CORRYONG NURSE FOR THE FRONT.
Nurse Ivy Ba r tlett, of Corryong, who
was one of the first Victorian nurses to
volunteer for war ser vice, will be leaving
shortly for the front. Nurse Bartlett is at
present at the St. Kilda base hospital.
sit of a recr uiting sergeant
eading for Tallangatta and
e. By mid 1915, with the
France, it was realized that
r would not be over in three
ecr uits going to Melbourne
eady s tream'.
ed in all branches of the
in World War I was Sister
1920, married Lieutenant
a. Tom Mitchell describes
diers in hospital train s in
Servicemen and their families never forget their farewells
and wondered if and when they would see their families and
sweethear ts again. Many were concerned about how their
loved ones would cope during the separation. They would have
thought about bir thdays and Chris tmases they once shared and
miles tones in their children's lives.
In 1914 many of the men who enlisted would have worried
about how their families would cope if the drought didn't break.
Perhaps more often than not, the pain of farewell was too
intense to put into words, leaving photographers, journalis ts
and diarists to document embarkation details.
Phillip Schuler suggested that 'those tender par tings were said
in the quiet of the hearth. It could only be taken as the cities'
greetings and tribute to the pioneers -- those men of the 1s t
Division -- who went quietly, silently, without farewells to the
waiting transpor ts in the bright mid-October sunlight -- train
after train load of them -- down to the wharves. And the people
who watched them go were a few hund red'.
(Philip Schuler, Aus tralia in Arms, p. 23).
In his diary Lauchie McGrath noted 'We were not allowed to say
"Good-bye" to any relatives on the pier, a thing that hur t many
of us very hard. However, in the work of loading horses and kit
our minds and hands were kept very busy.'
Men rode horses to the railway s tation and then caught the train to meet their
units in one or other of the major cities -- fathers, uncles, brothers or mates led
horses home. After the sinking of the Imperial German Navy light cruiser SMS
Emden, there was residual concern about the risk of German shipping to Allied
In his diary Lauchie McGrath described his journey to war, 'The troops soon got
their sea legs this time and spirits were much brighter. The daily routine of the
ship was well organised, each man having his allotted duties, some doing the
horse decks, some the Mess decks and others the hund red and one jobs necessary
to keep things in order.
"Various parades were carried out daily, and boat drill, physical and ri
exercises and instruction in signalling kept us all busy.
e were well catered. The ship's carpenter had rigged a stag
f r boxing tourneys or concer
Corryong Cou rier, September 3, 1914
FAREWELL SOCIAL. - Du ring the past week several of the local lads
in training at Broadmeadows visited home on le ave, and on Monday
evening the occasion wa s taken to tender them a farewell social in the
Corryong Hall. Although only shor t notice was given, there was a large
and respresentative attandance and the evning passed very enjoyably.
An excellent supper was provided by the ladies and, before resuming
dancing Messrs T. C. Davis, A. Ba r tlett, D. Dalgety, J. Cummin s and A.
Harris m ade reference to the occasion and wished the boys "Good luck
and safe return .
The volunteers present were Messr s Fred and Harold Ha rris, Joseph
Hamilton and Alfred Venner, of Cor ryong, and Messrs Wm . Sharp and
Percy Briggs, of Cudgewa . Mr Hamilton responded on behalf of him self
and his mates, thanking all for their good wishes. At the conclusion of
the social "Auld Lang Syne" was sung by the company, and he a r ty cheers
were given as the pa rty left in the car on their long trip to Melbou rne.
Alber t Mildren describes how three Mildren brothers left Melbourne on the
troopship 'Ascanius' (above) for England via Capetown, with the convoy being
escor ted by Japanese warships in the Indian Ocean.
Alber t explains 'Japan was an ally of Britain in that war and was later
presented with a group of Pacific Islands, formerly German possessions Yap
Truk and two others.
The convoy was put into Sierra Leone for a while because of German U Boat
activity, land fall in England was at Devon Por t.
Three sergeants played the par ts of Neptune. his wife and daughter
in the Crossing of the Equator ceremony on the troopship Aeneas
(A60) which was carrying Aus tralian troops from Aus tralia for
The Great War:-
An Upper Murray Perspective
Farewells and Journeys
The Great War:-
An Upper Murray Perspective Remounts
In 'Corryong and the Man from Snowy River Dis trict' Tom Mitchell describes the
mus tering of Walers from Bringenbrong when 'twenty or so s tockmen' combed
'the dense bush between the Swampy Plains River and the Indi River, and many
were the un recorded acts of brilliant horsemanship that took place out there
before a tempestuous herd of long-maned, long-hooved horses, most of whom,
although fully mature, had never before seen a human being, was mustered onto
the Indi Station flats before being driven down through scrub and lagoon to the
'The fun star ted when the yard gates were opened to begin the long drive to the
rail-head at Tallangatta'.
"The classic waler was 15 to
16 hands (although many were
14 to 15 hands ), sired by an
English thoroughbred from
breeding ma res that were par t
The Welsh Pony, Timor Pony and
br umby, with their hardiness
and stamina , often contributed
to the waler 's con formation.
(Aus tralians at War, The
Aus tralian Light Horse.)
Conditions were severe for horses at the front - hundreds of
thousands were killed by ar tillery fire, s uffered from skin
disorder s, and were inju red by poison gas.
Several memorials have been erected in honour of the horses
The inscription on a memori l
Lt Col RMP Pres ton DSO, summed up the Aus tralian Light Horses'
performance in his book, 'The Deser t Mounted Corps': "... (November 16th,
1917): "The operations had now continued for 17 days practically without
cess ation, and a res t was absolutely necessa ry especially for the horses.
Cavalry Division had covered nearly 170 miles...and their horses had been
watered on an average of once in every 36 hours.... The heat, too, had been
intense and the shor t rations, 9lb of grain per day without bulk food, had
weakened them greatly. Indeed, the hardship endu red by some horses wa s
"One of the batteries of the Australian Mounted Division had only been able
to water its horses three times in the las t nine days - the a ctual inter vals
being 68, 72 and 76 hou rs respectively. Yet this battery on its ar rival had
lost only eight horses from exhaustion, not counting those killed in action
or evacuated wounded.
The majority of horses in
the Corps were walers and
there is no doubt that these
hardy Australian horses
make the finest cavalry
mounts in the world.
DALGETY AND CO. have been instr ucted to secu re -
700 RIDING HORSES
Height - 14.3 to 16 hands
All horses are to be broken to saddle, in goood condition and
cap[able of car rying 14 stone
Buyers will inspect at Tooma on SATURDAY, 5TH INST. at
9a.m ., and at Corryong later the same day.
DALGETY & CO., Albu ry.
Dalgety & Co., acting as
agents for the Defence
Depa rtment, pu rchased 50
horses - half ar tillery and
half transport horses - in
Corryong on Thursday.
Prices were not disclosed,
but vendors appea red to
be satisfied with their
retu rns. Mr J. Pierce, of
Greg Greg, donated two
horses to the Depa r tment.
Many horses were not broken
in properly and it was the
job of the rough riders of the
Army Remount Ser vice to
complete the task (pictu re d
Every thing the Light Horse trooper needed for living and fighting had to be
carried by him and his horse. When fully loaded, walers often carried between
130 and 150kgs.
were involved in the 1917 Battle of Messines where Alber t wa s
Birmingham Military Hospital and later returned to Aus tralia .
ass chendaele and was unhu r t when he retu rned to home in 1919.'
ches, of mates who 'bought it' like Joe Hamilton who was killed
of Joe Hamilton, 'you can cla ss him amongs t heroes as he went
y wounded. I can't s ay which wound caused his de ath, ...' It wa s
heir stories in their letters home.
Conditions were freezing in the trenches of Flanders.
Studio por trait of 3135 Driver Thoma s (also
known as Thomas William) Taylor, 5th Fiel
Company, Aus tralian Engineers, of Corryong
Vic. He enlisted on 10 August 1915 and wa
killed in action at Flanders on 30 Septemb
1917. He is bu ried at The Huts Cemete
Dickebus ch, Belgium.
He is standing beside a box on which is chalk
with a number and the words 'Somewhere
The Great War:-
An Upper Murray PerspectiveThe Home Front
At Gallipoli letters from home were so impor tant that the despatch
rider galloped, head down on the horse's neck to avoid sniper fire
to collect the mail from Lala Baba, on the coast of the Gallipoli
Peninsula jus t south of Suvla Bay.
Families that had not hither to written letters to each other, found
there were no other means of communications. Sons, husbands
and brothers were often reticent about describing the operations
in which they had taken part because they didn't want to worry
their families. Similarly, parents tried not to burden their sons, so
letters between families at home and the front were sometimes
And what did lovers tell their sweethearts who were on active
service? Letters had to pass the censor, fur ther inhibiting
communication between those who hitherto had seldom
corresponded. Often there was neither time nor writing material.
Letters were read over and over again by servicemen and their
Sometimes if a soldier hadn't received mail from home, his mates
would share their letters with him.
A hundred years ago, they called the Great War, the
war to end all wars ....
It has been said that the impact of a major war will
last for a hundred years.
September 3, 1914
FUND STARTED IN CORRYONG.
A public meeting was held in the
Athanaeum Hall, Corryong, on
Saturday afternoon, convened by
Cr Cronin, to consider the ques tion
of starting a Patriotic Fund in
Corryong. There was a representative
attendance, comprising both ladies
Cr Cronin, who occupied the chair,
explained the object of the meeting.
Men were gathering together from
all quar ters for the defence of the
Empire - a number had gone from this
dis trict - and funds were required
to provide for disabled soldiers and
those dependent on them. The ladies
were providing clothing and hospital
This district should not be behind in
doing its share.
A Shire of Towong Fund had been
started in Tallangatta, but he
thought each centre should have its
own fund. The first duty would be to
appoint a committee and officials to
manage the fund.
Mr McDonough endorsed the
chairman's remarks, and sugges ted
that a sports meeting be held in
aid of the fund. He was prepared to
under take the secretaryship if the
sugges tion were approved of.
Rev. F. H. Peako suggested that
a ladies' committee be appointed
to make ar ticles required by the
soldiers. The chairman moved that
the ladies present form a committee,
with power to add to their number,
to make requisites for the soldiers.
Mr T. Crown seconded the motion,
and it was carried.
Mr Entwisle moved that a Corryong
Patriotic Fund bo star ted, and that
officials be appointed to under take
its management. Mr Dalgety
seconded the motion. Mr Entwisle's
motion was then carried.
Corryong Courier April 1, 1915
RED CROSS WORK.
CORRYONG, THE "MODEL
Some ide a of the gre at amount of work involved
in the Red Cross movement was given in a recent
a r ticle in the Leader, in which it was s tated that
an average of slightly over six teen cases of goods
is handled daily. It is due to the a ctivity of nea rly
200 tributaries that, the parent s tream has grown
to such dimensions.
The following ex tract which we take from the
ar ticle is very gratifying to the wholehear ted
workers in the local branch "A country pla ce,
situated in one of the most discouraging parts of
Victoria when a drought pays us a visit, has the
honor of being known at the depot as the model
'Corryong branch,' said Mr W. C. Towns, the official
in charge at the central depot, 's tretches from
Corryong to London. One pa ckage left Corryong
yesterday, and one a r rived at the depot from
Cor ryong. One left for England yesterday. One
is jus t leaving Albany, another is ar riving at
Colombo, another is near England, and another is
due at the front.
'If all ou r branches would imitate Cor ryong they
would be surprised how much it would simplify
nels which were unveiled at the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival.
o commemorate the experiences of the mountain men who went to war, the local women
ining in a remote, rural area.
d to the Corryong RSL for permanent exhibition.
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