Two page hand written letter written by Lieutenant Pat Harbale, to Margaret Malval, dated 24 December 1943. In this letter, Harbale thanks Margaret for a hamper he received from her. He talks about chasing the remnants of Japanese through the 'ranges', most likely in Papua New Guinea.
Margaret Malval emigrated to the United States of America from Melbourne, Australia in 1935. During World War II she volunteered for the American Women's Voluntary Services and sent packages to Australian soldiers through the Australian Comforts Fund, thereby entering into an exchange of correspondence with a number of Australian soldiers based in the Pacific and in Australia.
A two page letter, double sided, hand written with blue ink on unlined paper. The paper has several creases in it where it has been folded into quarters. There is a section missing from the top left hand corner; this section appears to have been cut out.
This collection of letters and cards are significant as they illustrate the continuing ties felt by an emigrant to their country of birth. Margaret Malval was born and grew up in Melbourne, Victoria and moved to the United States of America to be married in 1935, where she lived for the rest of her life. Though her husband served in the United States Armed Forces, Margaret chose to send care packages to Australian soldiers through the Australian Comforts Fund, suggesting she retained strong ties to Australia.
These letters and cards were sent from Australian servicemen to Margaret, initially after receiving a care package from her which she donated through the Australian Comforts Fund. These letters and cards highlight the support of people on the home front for Australian servicemen by sending care packages through organisations like the Australian Comforts Fund, and the response of Australian Servicemen on receipt of these packages. Additionally, this collection also helps tell the stories of the frontline experience of Australian servicemen during World War II.
Donation from Ms Jeanne Cook, 5/11/2009
24 Dec 1943
Letter appears to have been written by a Lieutenant Pat Harbale probably from New Guinea.
Extensive hand written text.
Type of item
180 mm (Width), 245 mm (Height)