Postcard

Maker & role
Unknown, Manufacturer
Production date
20th Century
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Object detail

Title
A message from the camp
Production place
Collection
Measurements
0 - Whole, H: 14.7 x W: 9cm (H: 147 x W: 90mm)
Production notes
Compiled by Ada Gallagher and her daughter Girlie Andersen (nee Gallagher) throughout World War I and into the 1930s.
Credit line
Gift, Terri Williams, 2011
Susannah Place Collection, Museums of History New South Wales
Caption
Postcard featuring poem: To the truest of gals my mother, depicting a mother farewelling her soldier son on his departure for war
Description
Originally owned by Adelaide 'Ada' Gallagher (nee Delarue) this postcard from a 50-page album housed a total 134 postcards, the majority dating from World War I. In 1914, at the outbreak of war, Ada was living with her husband, John, daughter, Mary, usually known as Girlie, and her two younger sons, Fred and Frank, at 52 Gloucester Street in The Rocks.
All three of Ada and John’s sons enlisted in the First Australian Imperial Force. The eldest, Vinton, aged 21 and married with a young son of his own, was the first, joining up in August 1914. Frank signed up on 10 April 1915, aged 20, and his younger brother, Fred, joined up the next day. Fred, who was only 18, needed the written consent of his parents to join, and in his supporting letter John Gallagher wrote simply that his son was 'anxious to go to the front on service'.
Over the course of the war the brothers kept in touch with home via postcards. These were short and sometimes hastily penned messages from battlefields, training camps and hospitals, some written on the back of photographs printed as postcards, others written on special World War I souvenir postcards.
Ada kept the cards in this album, a practice known to her sons. In one undated card Frank asked his mother whether she had ‘been getting them other cards’ and added: 'I have sent you a good few. I suppose you will have to get another album to put them in'.
The album also contains many un-used postcards suggesting they were collected for their designs or as a souvenir.
Ada’s cherished album, along with another album filled with family photographs, was passed down through three generations of the Gallagher family, and in 2010 was donated to Susannah Place Museum by Ada’s great-granddaughter Terri Williams.
Accession number
SP2011/2-2

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