During November of 1915 in Liverpool, New South Wales, Eugene Norris enlisted to join the army. It wasn’t until a year later that he left his family, including his father William Norris, to join his comrades in the 13th infantry battalion. At the age of 23 he embarked on the HMAT Ballarat A70 from Sydney on the 16th of December 1916. He fought gallantly until a year later when he was wounded during a battle. On the 22nd of February 1919 he was discharged from the army due to his injuries. On the 26th September 1934 he was mentioned in the paper as he met with a tragic accident, he fell off a 14-foot ladder in Parramatta while working on a telegraph pole. He suffered from facial abrasions and internal injuries and was rushed to the Parramatta district hospital. At the age of 62 Eugene Norris passed away on the 6th of February 1950.


Anurati Krishnamurthy, Volunteer, Parramatta City Council Heritage Centre, 2015