Martin album eight

Date
[ca 1940-1979]
By
Thomson, Richard John James, 1890-1977
Ref
PA1-q-1194
Description

Photographic scrapbook relating to Robert Thomas Martin’s training for and service during World War II, as well as military reunions that took place in 1963, 1964, and 1979 . Contains photographs, inward correspondence, newspaper clippings, and ephemera. Some photographers are unidentified.

Contains studio portrait of Martin in uniform in 1942 taken by St John Biggs (Auckland). Also three formal panoramic images of large groups: 1st Field Ambulance New Zealand Medical Corps at Rotorua [Racecourse camp?] (11 March 1941); composite group of New Zealand Army Services Corp and 1st Field Ambulance New Zealand Medical Corps at Rotorua [Racecourse camp?] (11 March 1941); and No 51 Medical at Trentham Military Camp (September 1942) taken by R J Thomson of Hataitai. Smaller, informal, group portraits show men digging with spades at an annual camp at Waiouru (February 1940), 1st Field Ambulance group at a manoeuvres training north of Auckland (1940), and 1st Field Ambulance contingent at Trentham Military Camp (September 1942) with identified men in the latter image being Martin, [?] Montgomery, and Alf and Ray Revell. Also contains photograph of Jack King, Trevor Kenny, and Martin posing in St Mark’s Square, Venice. A newspaper clipping features territorials marching in the Mayor’s recruitment parade, Queen Street, Auckland (1940).

Contains material relating to Martin’s voyage on the ship HMT 'Mooltan', with certificate signed by CH Barker in which King Neptune gives Martin “Freedom of the seas” and a program for the on board inaugural meeting of the “Aparima Racing Club”.

Inward correspondence includes: three postcards written to Martin from Sam Bud (of the 5th Field Ambulance) in which Bud briefly describes his journey by boat to war, camp in Egypt (boredom, dysentery, flu, and food are topics covered), and a visit to a historical site; a memo from the Northern Military District Chief of Staff relates to Martin being awarded an “Efficiency Medal”; and a compliments slip from the Photographic Department of the New Zealand Herald (27 Oct 1944).

Collected material also includes ephemera and clippings such as a 1942 set of illustrated postcards “Come and get it: eight funny drawing by Ben” (with images featuring subjects such as food, smoking, and the delivery of mail), newspaper clippings of cartoons featuring to two military men in Europe, two “Did you know?” columns with facts about NZ service in WWII and signed by Jack Cummings, and an article reporting on the death of William Papillion (Bill) Kemp in a topdressing accident. Scrapbook contains a postal information pamphlet published by Croxley in 1947.

Reunion related material includes a program for the 3rd Division Association 2nd NZ Expeditionary Force First National Reunion on 24 Oct 1964 at Ponsonby Club Hotel, Auckland, and photograph (and newspaper clipping of this same image) showing men, including Martin (who is smoking a pipe), at the event. Also contains group photograph from 4th General Hospital & Associated medical units reunion, Palmerston North, 1963, and a photocopied newspaper article from the Evening Post 26 Sep 1979 about the reunion of the 1st Echelon.

Arrangement: Donor identified item as "ITEM K".

Quantity: 1 album(s) containing 11 b&w photoprints, nine newspaper clippings, eight piece cartoon postcard set with original envelope, three postcards (text side up), two typescript letters, two printed programmes, and one certificate.

Physical Description: Photograph scrapbook containing photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings, and correspondence , 30.2 x 45.6 cm

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Part of
Martin, Robert Thomas, 1921-2006: Photographs
Format
1 album(s) containing 11 b&w photoprints, nine newspaper clippings, eight piece cartoon postcard set with original envelope, three postcards (text side up), two typescript letters, two printed programmes, and one certificate, Gelatin silver prints, Photomechanical prints, Personal correspondence, Clippings, Postcards, Certificates, Cartoons (Commentary), Photograph scrapbook containing photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings, and correspondence , 30.2 x 45.6 cm
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