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- A Place & Date Made Glanville, Australia
Letter - Auntie Lil to Aircraftman Royce Phillips, Personal, 28 Dec 1941 Reg. No: SH 960271
- Two-page letter in ink hand-written on blue-lined paper to a RAAF serviceman Royce from 'Lil', who works in aircraft production. She requests a photo of Royce in Airforce uniform and mentions that she is doing shift-work in aircraft production.
The letter was found under the floorboards of the balcony level of the Gallery, Great Hall, Royal Exhibition Building, when replaced in 1989 as part of a restoration program. Many other items dating back to the 1940s were also found, providing an insight into the lifestyle and interests of RAAF personnel stationed in the building.
The letter probably relates to Royce Phillips, who served as a Leading Aircraftman (AC1, or Aircraftman) in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II, service number 47290. He enlisted on 9 December 1941 at Kilkenny, SA, and was discharged 5 Mar 1946. Other letters to Royce Phillips in this collection date to late 1941-early 1942, so this letter was probably written in late 1941, just after he enlisted (only states '28 December').
The formal wartime occupation of the Exhibition Building began in October 1940, when it was requisitioned for the RAAF under the National Security (General) Regulations. Partitioning work began in January 1941, and on 15 March the RAAF no.1 School of Technical Training was moved to the Exhibition Building from West Melbourne Technical School. Before long the Great Hall and surrounding areas were crowded with Air Force personnel. About 500 to 700 men lived there for varying periods of time; numbers peaked in 1942, when about 2000 personnel were accommodated. The central part of the building was a mess hall. The arena was occupied by a kitchen, laundry blocks, a storeroom and a playing field. The southern and eastern sides of the building were used for parades and drilling. The RAAF remained in control of the Exhibition Building until October 1946. (David Dunstan,1996, Victorian Icon)
- Two page letter hand-written in ink written on blue-lined paper. Paper is yellowed and stained.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
|Dimensions:||24.50 cm (Height), 19.70 cm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||military aircraft, royal exhibition building, wars conflicts, women s work, world war ii 1939-1945, -1, making history - war diaries and correspondence|
|Themes this item is part of:||Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|Primary Classification:||MILITARY HISTORY|
|Secondary Classification:||Personal Effects|
|Inscriptions:||Text is handwritten in black ink. Extensive text.|
|Place & Date Made:||Glanville, South Australia, Australia, 28 Dec 1941
Other letters to Royce Phillips in this collection date to late 1941-early 1942, so this letter was probably written in late 1941, just after he enlised (only states '28 Dec ').
|Addressed To:||Royce Phillips, Australia|
|References:||Information relating to the service record of Royce Phillips is held in The World War Two Nominal Roll - http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/script/veteran.asp?ServiceID=R&VeteranID=895551 (accessed 12/1/2009). His service records are held in the National Archives of Australia Series number A9301, Barcode 4572657.|