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James Bayly Watchorn Collection

  • Collection
  • 1918-1943

Collection consists of copies of letters of James Bayley Watchorn (1921-1943) written to his parents in Hobart while he was on active service with the R.A.A.F. The letters are exceptionally well written and reflect his feelings about his life as a fighter pilot and the people he met and include descriptions of the countries where he was stationed - Rhodesia where he trained, U.K. and West Africa - although he discreetly avoided reference to the war or his flying duties. He had been educated at Hutchins School and did the first year of his law course at Tasmania University before enlisting.
War souveniers, Somme 'message maps' 1918
Small sections of maps of the Somme district, France, showing trenches, etc, with message forms on the back and a note (ms.) on one: 'the sector attacked by 27th U.S.A Division and 3rd Australian Divisionn on 29 Sept. 18', and photographic copy of the Accroche Wood sector.

James Bayly Watchorn

Roland Rodda Collection

  • Collection
  • 1945-1946

Collection consists of diaries, letters, maps, photographs and slides compiled during a tour of duty as a medical officer at RNZAF Station Torokina, Bougainville from June- November 1945.

Roland Arnold Rodda