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War Diary - Assistant Director of Medical Services, 4th Division, Feb 1919 Document Reg. No: ST 40580 14

Thirteen boxes of lantern slides in cardboard boxes marked ?Austral Lantern Plates Kodak (A/Asia) Pty Limited Australia?. The slides were produced in Melbourne after World War I using images from books and other sources. They mainly depict naval vessels and maps of naval engagements (Guam, Mediterranean, etc). Most are 20th century subjects, but some are classical (for example, map of 'Route of Xerxes' fleet to Battle of Salamis, and a series on Nelson). Many slides are unidentified, but appear to be British and American in origin.

The slides are believed to have been used to illustrate lectures to children at the St John's Home for Boys during the 1920s and later, possibly as entertainment on Empire Day and on other occasions. Several of the slides are marked with the name 'Boreham'. This may indicate a link to Reverend Frank William Boreham (1871-1959), a noted Baptist writer and preacher who used lantern slides to illustrate talks in Melbourne and Tasmania. (However, St John's was an Anglican institution).

Established as St John's Home for Boys in 1923, the home was located in Balwyn Road, Canterbury at 'Shrublands', a mansion formerly the property of investor & businessman John Hindson (1839-1919). His widow Alice Hindson (nee Henty) donated 'Shrublands' to the Anglican Church as a memorial to her husband and William, her late son, to be used as a home for ?needy and destitute' boys on the condition it was named 'St John's'. It was officially opened on 22 November 1924 after extensive renovations to accommodate 30-40 boys, also paid for by Alice Hindson. There was a physical link with British naval history as Dame Nellie Melba donated a chapel lantern to St John's Home supposed to be one of those used by Admiral Lord Nelson in the cabin of his flagship HMS Victory. She also donated a cabin bell and wooden spars from HMS Victory. The latter were turned into candle holders.
Six unbound, typed pages.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from J. Lord, 1986
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, lantern slides, world war i 1914-1918, medical corps
Themes this item is part of: St John's Home for Boys & Girls, Canterbury, Victoria, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: official records
Inscriptions: Typed on the first page: '13th Field Ambulance: WAR DIARY ; Army Form C. 2118. / Instructions regarding War Diaries and Intelligence / Summaries are contained in F.S. Regs., Par. II. / and the Staff Manual respectively. Title pages / will be prepared in manuscript. ; INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY / (Erase heading not required)... [Extensive text]'
Stamped in top corner in black ink: 'A.D.M.S., / 4TH / AUSTRALIAN DIV'
Date Written: France, Feb 1918
Organisation Named: Assistant Director of Medical Services 4th Australian Division, France, Feb 1919
Compiled By: Sergeant John Lord
Place & Date Used: St John's Home for Boys and Girls, Canterbury, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920

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