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Great Southern Line | Artist's Report

Tracy Luff

Great Southern Line Anzac Story  Artist Progress Report Tracy Luff Collected Item relating the Robert Curtis from the Collection of Kate Olsson. Introduction My approach for this project is to seek out and gather relevant stories and symbols to inform conceptual development and the production of artwork.  Concepts for artwork have begun to emerge based […]

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Great Southern Line | Research Report Part One : Working on the Great Southern Line

Dr Mary Hutchison

Great Southern Line Anzac Story Part One Southern Tablelands Arts Research Report Historical background and stories 1914 -1920 Dr Mary Hutchison Part One | Working on the great southern line 1914 -1930s                                               […]

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Great Southern Line | Research Report Part Two: NSWGR - Wartime and repatriation

Dr Mary Hutchison

Great Southern Line Anzac Story Part Two Southern Tablelands Arts Research Report Historical background and stories 1914 -1920 Dr Mary Hutchison Part Two: NSWGR – Wartime and Repatriation From the collection of Garry White NSWGR contribution to the war effort NSWGR’s contributions to the war effort included the provision of recruitment trains to support enlistment, […]

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Great Southern Line | Research Report Part Three: The experience of leaving and returning home

Dr Mary Hutchison

Great Southern Line Anzac Story Part Three Southern Tablelands Arts Research Report Historical background and stories 1914 -1920 Dr Mary Hutchison Part Three: The experience of leaving and returning home     From the Collection of Kate Olsson Welcome home, Family portrait.  Mowbray Park, known as Waley Home in the post war years, donated by […]

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Great Southern Line | Research Report Part Four: Themes and Elements of Experience

Dr Mary Hutchison

Themes and Elements of Experience Theme – darkness and light The research process including community workshops and discussions with the artist, as well as the collected material, point to the single overarching theme of darkness and light – the darkness of war and its aftermath and the survival of both. (note that this is different […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: Patrick James Phelan

Dr Mary Hutchison

Patrick James PHELAN Call boy, cleaner, fireman, driver Picton, Thirroul  War Service record: NAA B2455, PHELAN PATRICK JAMES (service No. 1816) NSWGR Employment: NSW Public Records (Staff no. 9900) No family contact Patrick James Phelan Biography Joined NSWGR at Picton Loco as a Call boy in 1913 when he was 16.  He enlisted in 1915 […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: Ernest George Coulter

Dr Mary Hutchison

Ernest George COULTER Engine Driver, Fitter’s Labourer, Assembler  Picton, Eveleigh, Clyde  War Service record: NAA B2455, COULTER E G (service No. 8611) NSWGR Employment: NSW Public Records (Staff no. 16984) No family contact Ernest George Coulter Biography Employed as a Cleaner at Eveleigh workshop in 1908 aged 17 (possibly earlier casual work. Promoted to fireman […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: Reginald Vandenbergh

Dr Mary Hutchison

Reginald VANDENBERGH Engine Driver  Picton Goulburn War Service record: NAA B2455, VANDENBERGH REGINALD (service No. 236) NSWGR Employment: NSW Public Records (Staff no. 14952) Family contact to be followed up. Reginald Vandenbergh Biography Joined NSWGR in 1908 aged 17 as a shop boy at Eveleigh. After six months became a permanent employee and was promoted […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: Alexander Davies Ingleton

Dr Mary Hutchison

Alexander Davie INGLETON Porter (shunter, guard, signalman) Goulburn Picton War Service record: NAA B2455, INGLETON ALEXANDER DAVIES (service No. 114) NSWGR Employment:  NSW Public Records (Staff no. 15559) No family contact Alexander Davies Ingleton Biography Joined NSWGR in 1908 as temporary porter at Goulburn. Once permanent passed test as shunter and moved to Picton where […]

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Great Southern Line | The Picton Hub

Dr Mary Hutchison

Picton Hub Character Picton hub’s identity is more metropolitan (80 ks from Sydney) than that of either Moss Vale or Goulburn but it shared characteristics with each of them.  It was a major employer with a Loco Department managed by the Sydney railway district through Enfield and functioned as an important changeover stop for railway […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: John Goldrick

Dr Mary Hutchison

John GOLDRICK Bridge Carpenter, Pickman, concretor Moss Vale (Picton, Mittagong, Port MacQuarrie) War Service record: NAA B2455, GOLDRICK, J(Service No. 1905) NSWGR Employment Card: NSW Public Records. (Staff no. 368) no family contact John Goldrick Biography Goldrick’s NSWGR employment card is for work in 1926 as a pickman and concreter at Cockle Creek near Lake Macquarrie.  […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: Roy Stanley Hatter

Dr Mary Hutchison

Roy Stanley HATTER Porter Goulburn district – Moss Vale (tbc) War Service record: NAA B2455, HATTER RS  (service No. 1547) NSWGR Employment Card: NSW Public Records (Staff no 22435) Roy Stanley Hatter Biography First employed by NSWGR as a Junior Porter in Feb 1911 when he was 16.  The station is given as Goulburn district.  […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: Robert Ellerslie Young

Dr Mary Hutchison

Robert Ellerslie YOUNG Porter Signalman (Sydney) Moss  Vale War Service record: NAA B2455 YOUNG RE, (service No. 3086) NSWGR employment card: State Records NSW (Staff no: 22933) No family contact Robert Ellerslie Young Biography First employed by NSWGR in 1910 as a third class porter at Sydney stations. Promoted to leading porter in 1915 in […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: Roy Howard

Dr Mary Hutchison

Roy James HOWARD   Roy James Howard from the Collections of Colleen Prest and Peter Howard   Fettler (Uadry) Goulburn, Exeter, Bowral War Service record: NAA B2455, HOWARD R J(service No. 2421)  NSWGR Employment Card: NSW Public Records (Staff no: 82363) Grandson: Peter Howard Daughter: Colleen Prest   Roy James Howard Biography Working as a […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: Albert Voller

Dr Mary Hutchison

Albert Alfred George VOLLER Railway cross and efficiency medals and ribbons, from the collection of Rod McClean Fettler Bundanoon War Service record: NAA B2455, VOLLER Albert Alfred George (service No. 5410) NSWGR Employment Card: NSW Public Records (Staff no:37380) Grandson: Rod McLean Albert Voller Biography First work for NSWGR was as a ballast packer, then […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: Leslie William Smith

Dr Mary Hutchison

  Leslie William SMITH     Berrima District Historical and Family History Society Image Library http://www.berrimadistricthistoricalsociety.org.au/ porter Mittagong War Service record: NAA B2455, SMITH L W (no service no. allocated) No family contact Started work as a porter at Mittagong in c. 1915, at c. 15 years of age (based on photo information). Enlisted in […]

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Great Southern Line | The Moss Vale Hub

Dr Mary Hutchison

The Moss Vale Hub Moss Vale Refreshment Rooms 1890 (left) and 1935 (right). Berrima Image Library, Berrima and District Family Historical Society. Character Moss Vale Hub was a central location in the southern highlands farming district.  Its identity centred on goods and passengers but most particularly passengers.  It was an important refueling stop between Goulburn […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: William James

Dr Mary Hutchison

William James Fitter, Steam Shed Inspector, Divisional Loco Superintendent Goulburn (Junee, head office, Eveleigh)  War Service record: NAA B2455, JAMES William (service No. Major)  NSWGR Employment Card: NSW Public Records (Staff no 1959) William James Biography Started work for NSWGR on the Southern Line as a boy fitter in the Permanent Way Department in 1889. By […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: William Charles Wilson

Dr Mary Hutchison

William Charles Wilson Cleaner, Fireman, Cleaner  Goulburn (Eveleigh)  War Service record: NAA B2455, WILSON WC (Service no.9104) NSWGR Employment card: Employment No. 17319, 74205 Grandson: John Wilson Bill Wilson Biography Engine cleaner promoted to Fireman 1909 – 1914. Resigned and applied unsuccessfully for re-employment in 1915.  At this time he enlisted in Divisional Ammunition Column […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: John Wade

Mary Hutchison

John Wade John WADE Cleaner, Fireman, Driver Goulburn (Dungog)    John Wade cropped from the photo of the five railway men, from the collection of Kate Olsson.  War Service record: NAA B2455, WADE, John (Service no. 27202) NSWGR Employment Card: NSW Public Records (Staff no 31597) No family contact. John Wade Biography Started work at […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: Joseph Wade

Dr Mary Hutchison

Joseph Wade Joseph WADE Cleaner, Fireman, Driver Goulburn    Joseph Wade cropped from photo of the 5 railway servicemen, from the collection of Kate Olsson War Service record: NAA B2455, WADE, Joseph (Service no. 27203) NSWGR Employment Card: NSW Public Records (Staff no 52791) No family contact:  Garry White, Goulburn and District Historical Society is […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: Robert Lewis Muir

Dr Mary Hutchison

Robert Lewis MUIR Cleaner, Fitter’s  Assistant Goulburn   Robert Lewis Muir from the Collection of Dorothy Edgar  War Service record: NAA B2455,  (service no. 25677) NSWGR Employment Card: NSW Public Records staff no. 53639 Granddaughters: Robyn and Jeanette Cummins Robert Lewis Muir Started work for NSWGR in Goulburn as a casual engine cleaner in 1915 […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: William Guthrie

Dr Mary Hutchison

Willam Guthrie Porter, Cleaner, Fireman, Driver Yass, Mittagong, Goulburn (Narromine)     War Service record: NAA B2455, GUTHRIE, WJ (Service no. 25661) NSWGR Employment Card: NSW Public RecordsStaff no (2nd). 38838 Great niece: Kate Olsson Granddaughter: Judith Guthrie William Guthrie Biography Joined NSWGR in 1912 when he was 19. Started as a junior porter at […]

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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: Robert Curtis

Dr Mary Hutchison

Robert CURTIS Cleaner, Fireman, Driver Goulburn  Robert Curtis and Daisy Guthrie from the Collection of Kate Olsson War Service record: NAA B2455, CURTIS R (Service no. 25576) NSWGR Employment Card: NSW Public Records Staff no. 37742   Robert Guthrie Biography Casual Cleaner Goulburn 1913. Permanent 1914. Enlisted 1916 with four others from Goulburn railway. Served […]

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Great Southern Line |  The Goulburn Hub.

Dr Mary Hutchison

The stories of returning soldiers on the great southern line: Goulburn, Moss Vale and Picton The stories The stories of railway workers who enlisted in the First World War are based on information gathered from families and official war records.  References to information collected are included. Summary information about each railway hub station and the […]

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