On 25 October 1916, Sapper T O’Halloran 2711 sent this card from France to his wife in Castlemaine in Victoria, no doubt hoping that two months was sufficient time for military and ordinary postal systems to ensure it arrived before Christmas Day. The item is out of copyright and was a gift to the State Library of Victoria from Misses Josie and Molly O’Halloran in 1976.
Here are two stories of correspondence between soldiers and home. One of a father reporting receipt of a letter and “two of the most beautiful postcards [one with] silk embroidered pansies and other flowers hand embroidered on muslin”. The other is a postcard sent as a thank you note for tobacco sent from a comforts fund in South Australia.
The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney has a collection of the French cards that you can view here.
Nearly 100 years ago, this postcard was embroidered and then purchased by a soldier to send home to loved ones. Stretcher bearer George Elliott mailed it to his parents. He was killed at Messines Ridge in France in 1917.