World War One – Parramatta Soldier – Allan Colquhoun

World War One – Parramatta Soldier – Allan Colquhoun

Allan was the son of George Colquhoun of Guildford and nephew of Mr and Mrs Andrew Colquhoun of Belmont Street, Loftus Park, New South Wales. He was a saddler, born in Glebe, New South Wales and was 18 years and 4 months when he joined the forces on 11 November 1915.

He served with the 13 Infantry Battalion, 15 Reinforcements in France and Belgium between 24 September 1916 and 11 April 1917 when he was declared missing in action. It was later found that he had been captured in Reincourt on 11 April 1917 and interned as a prisoner of war in Germany. On 2 June 1917 the Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate reported,

Private Allan Colquhoun aged 20 years, son of Mr Geo. Colquhoun of Guildford and nephew of Mr and Mrs Andrew Colquhoun of Belmont-street, Loftus Park. He is reported missing in France. He was in the cadets and was afterwards transferred to the citizen forces, shortly after which about two years ago he joined the Coo-ees as they passed through Parramatta. He was in camp at Liverpool and went thence to Egypt and England and has been in the firing-line about six months. He enjoyed the best of health in France.

On 1 December 1918 he was repatriated to England before returning to Australia on 5 March 1919.

 

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Researched by Chrissie Crispin, Volunteer, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2015

World War One – Parramatta Soldier – Walter Williams

World War One – Parramatta Soldier – Walter Williams

Walter was the son of Sidney Williams of Smithfield (Poland Street), New South Wales. He was born in Smithfield and was working as a Storeman, aged 23, when he joined the forces on 12 December 1915.

He trained in England with the 36 Infantry Battalion before travelling to France on 22 November 1916. He was wounded in action on 16 January 1917 and re-joined his Battalion five days later. He was wounded for a second time on 12 October 1917 with a mild gunshot wound to the right knee and returned to England three days later where he remained in hospital, initially recovering and then with illness until returning to Australia on 19 February 1919 and being discharged due to medical unfitness on 25 May 1919.

 

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Researched by Chrissie Crispin, Volunteer, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2015

Macquarie Street Asylum and the Chinese Community

Macquarie Street Asylum and the Chinese Community

Macquarie Street Asylum in Parramatta, circa 1880. Local Studies Photograph Collection LSOP 114

“Parramatta has another feature of interest, and it is this that brings us here to-day. It is a veritable city of asylums – asylums for infirmity, asylums for orphanhood, asylums for papaurism, asylums for insanity, and asylums for crime”[I]

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Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

Centenary Square, Parramatta will be transformed by a dragon and lion procession, fireworks and more for Lunar New Year on the 3rd of February 2017. (more…)

Chinese Settlement in New South Wales

Chinese Settlement in New South Wales

Life for Chinese labourers in Australia before the 1850s was often one of physical hardship in harsh conditions. On the right, Chinese labourers in search of work walk along a winding country road past bullock teams. On the left, Chinese workers are clearing bushland. (more…)

Mak Sai Ying Aka John Shying

Mak Sai Ying Aka John Shying

Private John Joseph Shying, Grandson of John Shying, Source: Sydney Living Museum Photo – Charles Picking Courtesy Winsome Doyle

Chinese migration and settlement in New South Wales has a long history. Records show that about 18 Chinese settlers had immigrated to Australia before 1848. The earliest known Chinese immigrant to arrive in Sydney in 1818 is reported to have been Mak Sai Ying (more…)

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