Parramatta and World War One
On ANZAC Day, April 25 2019, we welcome visitors to the Parramatta & Visitor Information Centre, to view the touch table displays and publications which pay tribute to the Australians who fought in military operations.
In 2018, we marked the end of the Centenary of World War One, also known as ‘The Great War,’ which endured from 4 August 1914 to 11 November 1918.
The City of Parramatta Research and Collection Services, along with a team of dedicated volunteers, compiled the biographies of 1,962 soldiers, seamen and nurses from the Parramatta District – the culmination of a four-year project.
These stories of dedication, courage and loss are featured here as well as the interactive touch table display in the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre.
We’re also publishing a range of eBooks from our ‘World War One’ series:
Corporal William Freeman was a 20 year old labourer from Aird Street, Parramatta. His sister was Mrs Perram, also of Aird Street, Parramatta. He enlisted on 10 November 1914, and embarked with his unit on 11 February 1915 from Sydney aboard the HMAT Seang Bee A48. On...read more
Lieutenant Francis Henry Haylen enlisted 15 September 1915. He was a 23 year old, single man, working as a clerk. His father was Thomas Haylen and his mother was Catherine Haylen of Benalong Road, Wentworthville. He was the brother of Mrs Frances Brown. He served as...read more
Private Edward James Harvey enlisted on 4 January 1916 at the age of 20. He was a single man, working as a wood machinist and was a Methodist. He lived in Macquarie Street Parramatta with his family. His father was Mr George Harvey, and his mother was Mrs Annie Brown,...read more
Gunner Thomas Reginald Hamilton enlisted 6 September 1916. He was the youngest son of Mr J. Hamilton, of Westmead. At the time of enlistment he was a 24 year old cleaner. He was born in Wentworthville, but at time of enlistment lived with his wife Olga Mary Hamilton...read more
Private Alexander Bransdon Gamack was an 18 year old shop assistant from Parramatta. He was the son of Mr James Gamack and Mrs Gamack of Sorrell Street Parramatta. He enlisted on 27 October 1915. He was sent to Freemantle via the Berrima on 27 December 1915 as he was...read more
Trooper Stuart Courtney Gaden was a 22 year old station hand from Wollstonecraft, North Sydney Line, New South Wales. He was an ex-student of King's School, Parramatta. His father was Thomas Burton Gaden and his mother was Ida Brereton Gaden. He had a brother called...read more
Private Frank Edgar Fuller was a 19 year old ironworker from Wentworth Street, Parramatta. He lived with his parents Mr Frederick Fuller and Mrs E Fuller in Parramatta. He enlisted on 3 November 1914 and embarked with his unit aboard the HMAT Ulysses A38 from...read more
Private Ernest Freeman was a 21 year old coach trimmer from Parramatta. He lived with his parents, Harry N. Freeman and Kate Ada Freeman, and his siblings in Albert Street, Parramatta. He was the brother of Private Herbert Freeman, Private Percy Freeman, Trooper...read more
Acting Sergeant Wilton Campbell Gamack was a 20 year old Clerk in the office of the Railway Department, Sydney. He was known to be a good athlete and a footballer. He was the third son of Mr and Mrs J. Gamack. His brothers were Bruce Gamack, Ranford Gamack and...read more
Private James Albert Haigh enlisted 23 August 1916. He was a single 21 year old engine cleaner from Parramatta. His Mother, Mrs Margaret Haigh lived in Church Street, Parramatta. He embarked aboard the HMAT Argyllshire A8 from Sydney on 31 October 1916. He served as...read more
Private Gilbert Harding enlisted on 3 February 1917. At enlistment he was 36 years old and employed as an orchardist. He previously worked as an attendant in a Hospital for the insane. He was married to Mrs Edith Harding of Kanwal. He was born in Parramatta, but lived...read more
11373 Gunner Joseph Bonaventure McDuff, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Joseph Bonaventure McDuff was born in 1878 in Deniliquin, New South Wales. At the age of 36 years and 1 month old he joined the Australian Imperial Force on 13 September 1915...read more
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