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Letter & Envelope - Ivan Bosel, to Margaret Malval, Thank You for the Christmas Hamper, 21 Dec 1943 Document Reg. No: HT 29732

Three page hand written letter and envelope written by Corporal Ivan James Bosel of the N.G.F Provost Coy to Margaret Malval, dated 21 December 1943. This letter was sent in response to a care package sent by Margaret. In this letter, Ivan thanks Margaret for a Christmas hamper he received through the Australian Comforts Fund of which she was the donor. He discusses his encounters with American soldiers and briefly mentions his home life in Queensland. He also mentions that he will enclose one penny as a souvenir for Margaret.

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 three page letter single sided, hand written with blue ink on lined paper. The paper has several creases in it where it has been folded into thirds and then in half. Red logo stamps at top left hand corner of each page for the Salvation Army, the Australian Comforts Fund and the YMCA. Envelope addressed in blue ink, handwritten. Stamped as passed by Australian Military Forces censor and red logo stamps at bottom left hand corner of each page for the Salvation Army, the Australian Comforts Fund and the YMCA. 1d and 6d postage stamps.
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: 175 mm (Height), 250 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, Ivan James Bosel, AIF (1915-?), 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: Printed on paper: 'Use Official Address Only' [ Extensive hand written text].
Author: Corporal Ivan Bosel, 21 Dec 1943
Addressed To: Mrs Margaret Malval, Georgetown, Connecticut, United States of America, 21 Dec 1943

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