Stanley George Richards

Stanley George Richards

Stanley enlisted in January 1918 at the age of 18, having been working as a clerk. He had his vaccinations, attended basic training at Claremont Camp and, as a Sapper, was sent to the Wireless Training School in Sydney. His progress in the recruitment process was overtaken by the end of hostilities and he was […]

Frederick (Fred) Eley

Frederick (Fred) Eley

When Fred enlisted in September 1915, he was 44 years old, married, and working as a saddler. He arrived in France late in 1916, part of the 40th Battalion. He took part in fighting in the Battles of Messines and Broodseinde Ridge. After a bout of influenza, he re-joined his unit just before the action […]

Herbert John Richards

Herbert John Richards

Herbert was 20 years old when he joined up in January 1916. He was married to Corinda Evelyn (nee Adams) and working as a Railway clerk. His father-in-law also worked for the Railways. Herbert arrived in France in April 1917 and served as a Sapper with several different units. He returned to Tasmania in 1919. […]

James Gerald Albert Fitch

James Gerald Albert Fitch

James was a police constable when he enlisted in October 1916 at the age of 23. After training in England, he reached France early in 1918. He served in the 3rd Machine Gun Battalion and managed to reach the end of the war without suffering major illness or wounding. After returning to Australia, James worked […]

Bryan Mary Fitch

Bryan Mary Fitch

Bryan joined the 12th Battalion in August 1916, at the age of 26. Bryan was working as a labourer and his father, Thomas, was a shearer on Syndal. The family had strong ties with Tunbridge and owned property there. Bryan arrived in France in April 1917. In September that year, he was shot in the […]

Harry John (Stump) Richards

Harry John (Stump) Richards

Harry enlisted in July 1915 at the age of 27. He was, like many of the Richards clan, a monumental mason. Harry arrived in France in November 1916, assigned to the 28th Battalion. In June 1917, during operations near Babaume, Harry was transferred to hospital in England with Trench Fever. He was discharged in January […]

Charles McGee

Charles McGee

Charles was 41 when he signed up with the 12th Battalion in September 1915. He sailed from Fremantle in January 1916 and arrived in France (via Egypt) in June. In July he was appointed to the rank of Gunner with the 10th Field Artillery Brigade and posted to the 39th Battery. In October 1918 he […]

Henry (Harry) Gillam

Henry (Harry) Gillam

Harry had been working as a miner when he enlisted in March 916, joining the 40th Battalion. He was 26, and married to Ellie, the sister of Tom Garwood. From August 1917, he was deployed fighting in France and Belgium. He was awarded the Belgium Croix de Guerre for his role in action at Passchendaele […]

George Stanley Roberts

George Stanley Roberts

George Roberts was working as a telegraphist in June 1915, when he enlisted in the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade at the age of 18. His father, Elijah, was a blacksmith and wheelwright, and lived in Church Street, Ross. George arrived at Gallipoli in November 1915 then, after the forces were evacuated, became dangerously ill in […]

I’m looking for a n’ewe home!

I’m looking for a n’ewe home!

Woolly baa greetings to ewe. It’s Rosscoe here to let ewe know that I’m looking for a n’ewe home. My current live-in gig as the woolly coat-wearing doorman/meeter/greeter/selfie-pal at the Tasmanian Wool Centre is over. Kindly but firmly, I was told “Rosscoe, our relationsheep must come to an end, ewe’re pasture prime”. The shear nerve […]

Jim’s on the job as our new doorman

Jim’s on the job as our new doorman

A month ago “Jim” arrived to take up his post as our new doorman to welcome you to the Tasmanian Wool Centre. He’s been doing a great job, is the cause of many smiles and is always available for selfies. Jim is a two-year-old Superfine Merino ram who has joined us from Trefusis stud, just […]

Leslie Charles Bean

Leslie Charles Bean

Leslie worked with his father and brother as a shepherd on Williamwood before enlisting in April 1916. He served in the 15th Field Company of Engineers in France, and was gassed in fighting in April 1918, in the second battle of Villers-Bretonneux. His mother died in 1917 with tow of her sons, Leslie and Arnold, […]