Helensburgh and District Historical Society extends an invitation to visit the Old Mine Surgery, 78 Parkes Street, Helensburgh on Saturday 12 April 2014. This Open Day is being held as part of Australian Heritage Week which is an annual national celebration of Australia’s unique heritage. The Old Mine Surgery is the building that Dr. Cox consulted from during his time as Mine doctor and GP in Helensburgh from 1910 to 1942. It was originally located in front of his house in Robertson Street.
Currently, the Surgery contains a static exhibit of the surgery and dispensary, as well as a changing display of historical images and stories. As 1914 marks 100 years since the start of World War I, this display for the April Open Day will include images and stories of local residents who served in the war. We will also have our usual family history resources available, including our Pioneer Register and a burial list for Helensburgh Cemetery.
Come along between 10 am and 3 pm. For further information, please contact Jenny on 4294 2877 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the Stories Researched:
William Barrie was a miner when he joined the Waratah Recruitment March when it went through Helensburgh on 15 December 1915. He officially enlisted on 20 December at Liverpool and embarked for battle in Europe on 1 April 1916. Pte Barrie was killed in action in Belgium on 4 October 1917. He was 40 years of age, and left a wife and six children. Apparently the first Mrs Barrie knew about her husband’s death was later in October when she received a letter, and his private effects, from a Sgt Campbell from France. At that time Pte Barrie was officially listed as ‘missing’.
On 4 March 1918, a letter was written to the Australian Imperial Force, Base Records Office, in Melbourne from the Australian Coal and Shale Employees’ Federation requesting the official information and a copy of his death certificate. Mrs Barrie was in dire straits both mentally and financially, and this letter also requested that advice be given “if there is any way for her to get a little more assistance to help her to rear her Family”. She was finally able to apply for the War Pension which was granted from 14 March 1918.
(Photo: The Barrie Family, from left: Lorna Margaret, Robert, Vera May, Nancy Waratah, Mrs Eliza Bertha Barrie, Jean William, Pte William Barrie)