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Leaflet - 'A Cheering Letter to the Australian Troops At The Front', Jeanie Jobson, Ballarat, 12 May 1915 Document Reg. No: ST 041210

Leaflet entitled 'A Cheering Letter to the Australia Troops at the Front' written by Jeanie Jobson, a teacher at Ballarat Agricultural High School, 12 May 1915. It was printed by Arbuchle, Waddell & Fawkner, Melbourne.

According to Rosalie Triolo (2012), the author was first named as Jeanie Dobson, who addressed her words to Australian soldiers recovering in Malta. Thirty years later, a history of Ballarat High School revealed that Jeanie had received a huge response from serving soldiers, including 60 in a single day. A reporter visited the school to ask for a copy of the original letter, which was eventually located in Malta. It was published in the Times and Australian newspapers - for example, in the Melbourne Leader on 28 August 1915, under the heading 'A Cheering Letter. Ballarat Lady's Tribute. "Thank God I Am Australian."' In late 1917 Jobson wrote again, in the form of a 'Christmas letter to the A.I.F.'. It was distributed as a leaflet to troops.

'A Cheering Letter to the Australia Troops at the Front' was donated to Museum Victoria with material associated with the World War I service of Sapper Alfred Galbraith, who was killed in the conflict.
Printed leaflet, single page folded to create four pages, all printed.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Mrs M. Jamieson, 1985
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 170 mm (Height), 110 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: australian army, australian military forces, letters, military memorabilia, patriotism, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Sapper Alfred Galbraith, AIF (1895-1916), Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: On first page: A CHEERING LETTER / TO THE AUSTRALIAN TROOPS / AT THE FRONT/ "Verona", 120 Lyons St.,/ Ballarat,/ May 12th, 1915./ DEAR AUSTRALIAN BOYS,/ I don't know which of you will read/ this letter; I don't care, for you are all alike,/ dear and precious to every Australian at home./ Every woman's heart this week is/ thrilling with pride, with exultation, and while/ her eyes fill with tears, she springs up as I/ did when the story was finished, and says:-/ "Thank God I am an Australian!"... (Extensive text follows.)
Author: Jeanie Jobson, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 12 May 1915
Other Association (See Comments): Alfred Galbraith, 12 May 1915

The leaflet was donated to Museum Victoria with material associated with the World War I service of Sapper Alfred Galbraith.
Organisation Named: 2nd Division, Australian Army, 12 May 1915
Organisation Named: 5th Division, Australian Army, 12 May 1915
References: Rosalie Triolo, 2013. Our Schools and the War, Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, North Melbourne.
Helen Cotton, 1947. The History of the Ballarat High School, 1907-1947, Ballarat.
A CHEERING LETTER. (1915, August 28). Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 50 Edition: WEEKLY. Retrieved October 29, 2013, from
WORK OF VETERANS. (1915, September 7). Kalgoorlie Miner (WA : 1895 - 1950), p. 6. Retrieved October 29, 2013, from

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