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Digital Photograph - 'Playing Wounded Soldiers', Two Boys & Two Girls with Stretcher, Balwyn, circa 1917 Image Reg. No: MM 110269

Description Of Content:
Boy & girl carrying stretcher, with another boy sitting in it and another girl standing beside, in backyard.

This photograph shows children playing 'Wounded soldiers' in the back yard of the Eyers home in Salford Avenue in Balwyn, about 1917. They were very familiar with the events of the World War 1. Fred (aged 4) is playing with his sister Dorothy (possibly aged 8) a young visitor (most likely Joan Hyland) and brother Ernest (aged 7). In those days the road facing the house (Salford Avenue) was unmade. Access was gained by Pembroke Road which led to it being more commonly referred to by the family as their street, rather than Salford Avenue. Father Laurence 'Fred' Eyers is the only surviving person shown in this image and says that the family home is no longer standing. He also says that he and Ernest both served in World War II. Ernest became a Lieutenant Colonel with an OBE, while he served as an Army Chaplain.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Father Laurence Eyers, 2006
Contributed by Father Laurence Eyers
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Play & Childlore
Tertiary Classification: games
Original Caption: Playing 'Wounded Soldiers'
Inscriptions: Mummy Uncle Ernie Uncle Fred & Joan
People Depicted: Eyers, Dorothy; Eyers, Laurence (Fred); Hyland, Joan; Hyland, Ernest
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Balwyn, Victoria, Australia, circa 1917

Place Depicted Notes: No street number.
Photographer: Unknown

Relationship of Photographer to Contributor: Family friend.


Garry Webb Posted on 08 Apr 2013 12:31 PM
Lovely picture of some relatives of mine!
Note that in the 'People depicted', it should read 'Eyers, Ernest', rather than 'Hyland, Ernest'.

Fred is still alive, turning 100 this year (2013).

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