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A Brief Outline of the Campaign in Mesopotamia 1914-18

A Kut Prisoner

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A Prisoner in Turkey

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Adventures in the Near East (Dunsterforce) – by LtCol Rawlinson

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Anzac Memorial – RSL Imperial league of Australia – Published 1919

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Anzac Memorial – RSL Imperial league of Australia – Published 1919

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Australasia Triumphant! by A. St John Adcock – Published 1916.

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Australia’s Fighting Sons of The Empire – Western Australian edition – PORTRAITS & BIOGRAPHIES OF AUSTRALIANS IN THE GREAT WAR

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Australia’s Fighting Sons of The Empire – Western Australian edition – PORTRAITS & BIOGRAPHIES OF AUSTRALIANS IN THE GREAT WAR

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Australian Campaigns in the Great War being a concise history of the Australian Naval and Military forces 1914 to 1918

Australian Campaigns in the Great War
Australian Campaigns in the Great War being a concise history of the Australian Naval and Military Forces 1914 to 1918 by Lt the Hon. Staniforth Smith - with a preface by Ernest Scott. (160MB download). Includes 5 maps of Gallipoli, Western Front and Palestine campaigns and 16 illustrations. 206pp.
Price: $5.00

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Biography of author

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Miles Staniforth Cater Smith (1869-1934), politician and administrator, was born on 25 February 1869 at Kingston, Victoria, son of William John Smith, farmer, and his wife Margaret Gomersall, née Charlesworth, both English born. For much of his life he was known publicly as Staniforth Smith. Educated at St Arnaud Grammar School, he was employed in the Melbourne office of Goldsbrough Mort & Co. Ltd and went to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, in 1896 to open an office for Reuter’s Telegram Co. Elected as a municipal councillor in 1898, he was mayor of Kalgoorlie in 1900-01. Large, handsome, sociable and confident, he was active in the Federation movement. He nominated for the first Federal Senate election in 1901 and was elected at the top of the State poll. In the Senate he sat in opposition to the Barton and Deakin governments in a bloc with his fellow Western Australians, a strong free trader and ardent advocate of the prohibition of ‘coloured’ immigrants. He supported J. C. Watson’s Labor government in 1904.

Seeking a special niche Staniforth Smith took up the study of tropical agriculture and, after visiting New Guinea, the Federated Malay States and Java, made such a good impression in debates on the Papua Act (1906) that he was favoured by Atlee Hunt, (Sir) Joseph Cook and Watson for the position of lieutenant-governor of Papua (formerly British New Guinea), for which he advocated a ‘strenuous developmental policy’. Prime Minister Deakin, who had initially hoped for the return of Sir William MacGregor, gave some encouragement to Smith’s aspirations but eventually gave acting administrator (Sir) Hubert Murray the office instead. Smith, appointed in January 1907 commissioner for lands and director of mines, agriculture and works, became his deputy with a dormant commission as administrator during Murray’s absence. He intrigued constantly against Murray for the next seven years and, when deputizing during his absence in 1910-11, led a grandiose expedition into the interior. Lost for some weeks and believed dead, his party was rescued at great expense and with wide publicity. He was censured for bumbling management and the loss of eleven carriers but on a visit to Britain in 1912 was fêted as an explorer. In 1923 he was awarded the patron’s medal of the Royal Geographical Society.

Staniforth Smith enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in January 1916, failed to pass a short course for a commission at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and sailed in June as warrant officer with the 44th Battalion. He was commissioned in September and served as battalion intelligence officer. Wounded in June 1917, he spent the rest of the war on staff duties in Britain. In 1919 he was appointed M.B.E. and after demobilization in September was invited to act temporarily as administrator to pacify the Northern Territory after the ‘Darwin Rebellion’ against J. A. Gilruth. He succeeded in his mission, acting as conciliator and as defender of the powerful North Australian Industrial Union. He also implemented recommendations made by Sir Baldwin Spencer seven years earlier as a solution to Aboriginal problems, gazetting extensive reserves and increasing expenditure. He resigned in 1921 when his proposals for Northern Territory representation in the Federal parliament were rejected.

Returning to Papua in 1921 as commissioner for crown lands, mines and agriculture, Smith devoted himself entirely to his duties and was as successful as the circumstances of the Territory allowed. He retired in 1930 and settled to farming at Kulikup in the south-west of Western Australia. On 4 April 1928 at St George’s Cathedral, Perth, he had married Marjorie Mary Bremer Mitchell, a niece of Sir James Mitchell; they had four children. He published several ephemeral books, declined an invitation to stand for the State parliament as a Nationalist candidate and died in Perth on 14 January 1934 of chronic nephritis, uraemia and myocarditis. He was buried with Anglican rites in the cemetery at Boyup Brook, near his home.

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Australian Chivalry

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Australian Chivalry

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Eastern Nights and Flights

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Randwick to Hargicourt : History of the 3rd Battalion, A.I.F.

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Secrets of a Kuttite

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom

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THE FIFTH BATTALION HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY IN THE WAR 1914-1918

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THE FIFTH BATTALION HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY IN THE WAR 1914-1918

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The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad by Edward John Thompson – Published 1919

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The Long Road to Baghdad – Volume 1 by Edmund Candler

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The Long Road to Baghdad – Volume 2 by Edmund Candler

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The Story of Dunsterforce – Stalky’s Forlorn Hope by Captain Savige MC

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The Times History of the War – Volume 1

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Where the Australians Rest

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With Horse and Morse in Mesopotamia – The Story of ANZACs in Asia

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With Our Army in Palestine

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World War – 1914-18 : A Picture History – Vol 1

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World War – 1914-18 : A Picture History – Vol 2

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World War – 1914-18 A Pictured History – All 5 Volumes (incl Index)

World War – 1914-18 A Pictured History was published in weekly parts in the early 1930s by Hammerton. Each issue is lavishly illustrated with photos from various fronts of the war. This volume includes all ssues 1-55 in 5 collected volumes. 1450 pages of text and illustrations in PDF format. Also includes an index for the full series. Buy now and download links will be emailed to you straight away.

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