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Letter - Lieut. Pat Harbale, to Margaret Malval, Thank You, 24 Dec 1943 Document Reg. No: HT 29719

Two page hand written letter written by Lieutenant Pat Harbale, to Margaret Malval, dated 24 December 1943. In this letter, Harbale thanks Margaret for a hamper he received from her. He talks about chasing the remnants of Japanese through the 'ranges', most likely in Papua New Guinea.

Margaret Malval emigrated to the United States of America from Melbourne, Australia in 1935. During World War II she volunteered for the American Women's Voluntary Services and sent packages to Australian soldiers through the Australian Comforts Fund, thereby entering into an exchange of correspondence with a number of Australian soldiers based in the Pacific and in Australia.
A two page letter, double sided, hand written with blue ink on unlined paper. The paper has several creases in it where it has been folded into quarters. There is a section missing from the top left hand corner; this section appears to have been cut out.
Statement Of Significance:
This collection of letters and cards are significant as they illustrate the continuing ties felt by an emigrant to their country of birth. Margaret Malval was born and grew up in Melbourne, Victoria and moved to the United States of America to be married in 1935, where she lived for the rest of her life. Though her husband served in the United States Armed Forces, Margaret chose to send care packages to Australian soldiers through the Australian Comforts Fund, suggesting she retained strong ties to Australia.

These letters and cards were sent from Australian servicemen to Margaret, initially after receiving a care package from her which she donated through the Australian Comforts Fund. These letters and cards highlight the support of people on the home front for Australian servicemen by sending care packages through organisations like the Australian Comforts Fund, and the response of Australian Servicemen on receipt of these packages. Additionally, this collection also helps tell the stories of the frontline experience of Australian servicemen during World War II.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Jeanne Cook, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 245 mm (Height), 180 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, military history, australians at war, correspondence, war effort, military communication, war service, soldiers comforts
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Margaret Malval World War II Soldier Correspondence Collection, Australian Comforts Fund, World War II, 1939-1946, Margaret Malval, Australian Emigrant, World War II Volunteer & Artist (1912-2008)
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Extensive hand written text.
Author: 24 Dec 1943

Letter appears to have been written by a Lieutenant Pat Harbale probably from New Guinea.
Addressed To: Mrs Margaret Malval, Ridgefield, Connecticut, United States of America, 24 Dec 1943

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