One of my great uncles served in World War One as a member of the 1st AIF 10th Battalion. This Battalion was made up of largely South Australian soldiers. My Uncle (James Marquis Cairns) was an Eaglehawk boy who was working in Broken Hill as a miner at the time WW1broke out. He joined a train load of volunteers from Broken Hill who travelled to Adelaide to enlist. Some years ago I conducted some research at the National War Memorial in Canberra and managed to find a few pages from a history of the 10th Battalion which detailed some of the escapades of this group of soldiers, including the stories of their landing at Gallipoli on April 25th 1915. There were two books written about this Battalion in the years immediately following WW1 and they reman the only definitive works which describe the exploits of these men.
A couple of months ago a friend had done some work gathering together some of the military history of his grandfather and I was reminded at the time that I should try and track down these publications if they were available.
As we wandered along North Terrace in search of some of the historic buildings of Adelaide we came across an Antiquarian book shop.
I mused with Vic about whether or not, being a South Australian book shop, they might have a copy of one or other of these two publications.
There had been an auction of books the previous day so the place was a bit disorganised. It turns out they had an original copy of one of the publications but it had sold for hundreds of dollars the previous day. However, if I was interested they did have a facsimile copy of both publications in a single compendium which was published in 2013. Needless to say I was more than happy to make the purchase.
What a remarkable find.