World War One and Letters to Home

World War One and Letters to Home

During the First World War, letter writing was the main form of communication between soldiers and their loved ones, this helped ease the pain of long term separation. Soldiers from Parramatta would write letters (more…)

World War One & Horse Soldiers

World War One & Horse Soldiers

Animals played a vital role during World War One, especially horses. Australia sent more than 136,000 Australian horses overseas to support and serve. The type of war horse that was favoured by the light horsemen in the campaign were originally from New South Wales, hence the sturdy, hardy breed became known as ‘Walers’. (more…)

World War One & Survival Stories

World War One & Survival Stories

Australia’s involvement in World War One began on 4 August 1914. Sadly, many of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, medical support staff and nurses didn’t make it home. Their courage, sacrifice, hardship and losses brought a new maturity to our nation. In the face of atrocity and adversary, (more…)

World War One & Served in Palestine

World War One & Served in Palestine

In Palestine and Syria during World War One, total battle casualties for the Australian Imperial Force in this campaign were 416 officers and 4435 other ranks, with 96 officers and 1278 enlisted men dying from wounds and disease. (more…)

World War One & Prisoners of War

World War One & Prisoners of War

Over 4000 Australians were captured by the Germans on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918. Nine per cent of these prisoners died in captivity. A total of 395 Australians died during captivity in the First World War. (more…)

World War One & Courage Under Fire

World War One & Courage Under Fire

Australia’s involvement in World War One began on the 4 August 1914. Many who joined up believed that the war would be a great adventure, but none could have imagined the scale of the endeavor on which they were about to embark. (more…)

Vietnamese New Year

Vietnamese New Year

Lunar New Year in Parramatta. Photo by Jay La Photography

(Source: City of Parramatta)

The celebration of the Lunar New Year has long been part of the Parramatta region and community. It is one of Parramatta’s most popular annual events. (more…)

World War One and Indian Soldiers

World War One and Indian Soldiers

India played a significant part in World War One. The normal annual recruitment for the Indian army was 15,000 men, during the course of the war over 800,000 men volunteered for the army and more than 400,000 volunteered for non-combatant roles. In total almost 1.3 million men had volunteered for service by 1918. (more…)

World War One and Parramatta Nurses

World War One and Parramatta Nurses

Australia’s involvement in World War One began on 4 August 1914. Many who joined up believed that the war would be a great adventure, but none could have imagined the scale of the endeavour on which they were about to embark. Sadly, many of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, medical support staff and nurses didn’t make it home. (more…)

Cremation – Hindu Death Rites

Cremation – Hindu Death Rites

In Hindu religion, fire is considered a sacred gateway to the spiritual world. Cremation is the disposal of a corpse by fire. It is an ancient and widespread practice. Cremation of the body has to occur within six hours of the person’s death in the simplest ceremonial way. (more…)

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