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Peace At Last


This beautiful photograph above comes from the Davis family collection. It shows long term Berowra resident, Neil Davis, aged fourteen who was taken into the city by his older sister, Elaine.

Neil and Elaine are wearing French tricolour ribbons as a mark of their patriotic support and happiness on this day of the Japanese surrender, 15th August, 1945. In 1922 a bronze palm leaf with a tricolour sash had been presented on behalf of the then French president to the Australian Prime Minister, Billy Hughes to honour those Australians who gave their lives in the First World War.

The young brother and sister who like so many knew the pain of the loss, or life changing injury, of close friends or family members, are standing with the excited crowds in Martin Place, Sydney. Elaine’s husband, Bill Foster was still serving with the navy in the Pacific at the time.

News of the Japanese surrender had spread around the world, finally the war in Asia and the Pacific was over, the horrific Second World War was over. Neil recalls that, in those days, it was exceptional to take a trip to the city from Berowra. This day everything was extraordinary, the spontaneous celebration, the relief, the euphoria, the war on Australia’s door step was over, the lucky ones were coming home, people danced in the streets, victory and peace at last.


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Commemorating Berowra’s Great War Servicemen

Honour roll

This week, with ANZAC Day and the Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign nearly upon us, Berowra Living History wants to take the opportunity to commemorate the men of Berowra and district who bravely fought in the Great War, as it was then known. Many Berowra boys went bravely to serve in foreign theatres of war, including at Gallipoli where Richard Joseph Kelly, Herbert Francis Kennedy, Ernest Howard Jefferys, Victor Hubert Springhall, and Leslie James Talbot served.

Berowra was lucky as most of our men returned from their war service. However, like so many small communities, lives were lost. Perhaps most tragic is the story of William Milner Anderson who is not listed on the Berowra War Memorial as killed in action. Anderson joined up in 1915 and only returned to Australia in 1918 after his father appealed for him to be exempted from munitions work in England. By then he had been blinded in his right eye and wounded in the back with shrapnel. He did not live to see the Armistace, dying of his wounds in Berowra in April 1918.

Berowra Living History encourages our readers to visit the Berowra At War exhibition in our virtual museum and the Berowra Living History honour roll to find out more about the story of Berowra At War.


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Saluting Berowra At War


This week, with the world wide commemorations of the anniversary of the start of the First World War, Berowra Living History wanted to remind our readers of the role played by our Berowra Boys who went to war, and the wider Berowra community. Sixteen boys with known connections to Berowra went to serve during World War One, alongside seven boys from Mount Kuringai. Although the local war memorial lists many more names, their identities and connection to Berowra remain something of a mystery, for now at least.

Our boys were not the only ones contributing to the war effort though, with troops stationed locally to protect the vital transport link represented by the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge and local residents working tirelessly in fundraising efforts and even providing a haven for returned servicemen. The children also played a role in our war efforts, as the article above by Valerie Jameson demonstrates.

If you would like to learn more about Berowra at War, visit our exhibition.



Acknowledgement: The article used in this post is: The Childrens Way: While The War Drags On. Valerie Jameson. The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser, September 13, 1918. This article from TROVE is used courtesy of the National Library of Australia. To access the original visit: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130750269

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