During World War I, the troopships were in constant use delivering new recruits and reinforcements to the battlefields and bringing the sick and wounded veterans back to Australia. Life on board these troopships has been immortalised in the many newsletters full of stories, poems and drawings produced on these voyages.
Sometimes poignant, sometimes cynical, revealing the feelings and thoughts of the men as they either faced an unknown future on their way to war or fought to overcome the horrors that they had faced on the front line.
ANZAC Cottage will open from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Sunday, July 1, 2018, for visitors to browse at leisure and find out more about this memorial's fascinating history. Additionally, the Friends of ANZAC Cottage will present talks exploring some of these 'troopship' stories as recorded by the sometimes-reluctant sailors at 1:45pm and repeated at 2:45pm.
The good humour and creativity of the men aboard these vessels, shone through, despite not always being comfortable with complaints about the quantity and quality of food a common factor.
Life on the troopships during the World War I voyages was not all bad - some fun was to be had. Here we see some fellows indulging in a greasy pole pillow fight contest as they wend their way home on the troopship Aeneas (A60) in November 1919 through to January 1920 (Photo courtesy AWM H15559).
Entry is free, bookings are not necessary and afternoon tea is available for a gold coin donation.
All are welcome to attend this thought-provoking event, and access more information about ANZAC Cottage, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling Anne on 0411 44 55 82. Check for regular updates on their Facebook page, and learn a little more about the Cottage and its importance to our history.
Photos are courtesy of the Friends of ANZAC Cottage from ANZAC Cottage Souvenir of the Monument Erected at Mount Hawthorn 1916 unless noted in the article. Artwork by John F.