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Document, speech - 24th Battalion (Gallipoli). Address by Frank Doolan (H27)

From the Collection of Melbourne Legacy 293 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria

Description
White foolscap paper with black type x 5 pages of a speech by L/ Frank Doolan.
Attached Files
Object Registration
01500
Keywords
history, battalion, speakers, speech, gallipoli, frank doolan
Historical information
A copy of an address given to a Legacy luncheon by Legatee Frank Doolan. He speaks of the 24th Battalion and their role at Gallipoli and France. The story of the withdrawal from Gallipoli is interesting.
He digresses to relate a story of an evening when he was with a 'VC mate' (assumed to be L/ Donovan Joynt) and they decided to speak to the editor of the Argus, Allan Spowers, about the newspaper's stance against the building of the Shrine of Remembrance. He related the paper published an article two days later in favour of the Shrine project and shortly after so did 'The Age'.
The address also relates the return to war in 1939 and the formation of the 2/24th and it fighting in Tobruk. It was absorbed into the 9th division and later a new 2/24th was formed to wear the 'Red and White Diamond'. 'This unit consisted of younger men who had served with the CNF between the wars and included several sons of Legatees and several Junior Legatees. Our President Don, was attached for a short time.' (referring to L/ Don Simonson who was president in 1970). It went on to fight in New Guinea.
Legatee Doolan's aim had been to link the 24th battalion with Legacy and suggests the book about the history of the 24th Battalion by Bob Serle was worth reading. He then introduced two other speakers, Squadron Leader Hicks, Conductor of the Royal Australian Air Force Band and Mr John Anderson of AWA. From the speakers record this event was in June 1970.
The notation H27 in red pen shows that it was part of the archive project that was trying to capture the history of Legacy. L/ Frank Doolan was part of the archive project around the 1970s.
When Made
1970
Significance
A significant account of the withdrawal from Gallipoli and other experiences of the 24th Battalion retold at a Legacy luncheon. Speakers at Legacy luncheons were from very different walks of life and the subjects spoken on were many and varied.
Inscriptions & Markings
Handwritten H27 in red pen.
Last updated
27 Jul 2020 at 1:41PM