Postcard from a World War I album from Egypt containing 33 postcards, most featuring Egyptian themes. Of particular interest amongst these postcards is one containing a letter written to 'Father' (presumably John Peile Snr) signed by 'VS' that mentions Albert Peile. The inclusion of this postcard suggests that the album either belonged to or was compiled by John Peile Snr or another member of the Peile family.
Sepia-toned postcard showing street scene, inscribed 'Rue a Heliopolis' (street in Helipolis). Helipolis is a suburb of Cairo. The modern suburb of Heliopolis was developed in 1905 by the Heliopolis Oasis Company as an upscale district in north-eastern Cairo. According to the written inscription on the back, the postcard shows the 'electric cars' that ran between Cairo and Heliopolis.
The ancient city of Heliopolis (Greek: 'City of the Sun'; Egyptian: Iunu; Biblical: On) is the oldest city in Egypt, located to the north of the ancient capital of Memphis and believed to have been the religious capital in the Old Kingdom. The only remaining remnant of the city is the obelisk of Senwasret I (12th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom) that was originally erected outside the temple of Re-Atum.
Part of a collection of material relating to the World War I service of brothers John and Albert Victor Peile, who both died in the conflict. Younger brother Albert enlisted first. He was a 22-year-old unmarried clerk when he enlisted on 27 August 1914, service number 769, 3rd Battalion. He served in Gallipoli and later France, and was eventually promoted to the rank of corporal. He died in Bullecourt, France on 4 May 1917 and his body was never found. He is commemorated at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. His brother John Peile was a 38-year-old unmarried miner when he enlisted on 25 June 1915, service number 2662, 2nd Battalion. He also served in in Gallipoli and France, and was similarly promoted to corporal. He died in France on 18 September 1918 and is buried at Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Their mother died only a few years later in 1926, aged 73.
The donor was their niece, Mrs M. J. Hitchens. Margaret Joan Hitchens (1916-?) was the daughter of Albert and John's sister Alice and her husband John Henry Dinwoodie.
Description of Content
Streetscape with tram.
Printed postcard in sepia tones, landscape orientation. Features sepia-toned image of streetscape with tram. Pointed (lancet) arches and overhung balconies line the street. Inscription at top right. Back of postcard is printed with manufacturing and location information, and a space is outlined for a stamp and address. The postcard is serrated on its left side as if torn from a booklet of postcards.
Donation from Victorian Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), Mrs Margaret J. Hitchens, 1986
Place & Date Depicted
Printed on front: 'rue a Helipolis'. On back, hand-written: 'Electric / Trams / runs between / Cairo and / Helipolis'. Printed on back: 'Carte Postale / Union Postale Universelle / SERIE 209 / THE CAIRO POSTCARD TRUST CAIRO 44796'.
Type of item
135 mm (Width), 87 mm (Height)
'Heliopolis (Cairo Suburb),' Wikipedia, at: [Link 2]">[Link 1](Cairo_suburb); accessed: August 6, 2012 'Heliopolis (Ancient),' Wikipedia, at: [Link 2]">[Link 1](ancient), accessed: August 6, 2012 Ian Shaw (ed.), The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, Oxford University Press (Oxford, 2000); p. 86 For John Peile's war record see the National Archive of Australia website at: [Link 3] For Albert Peile's war record see the National Archives of Australia website at: [Link 4]