Escapes and Incursions
Another book about Australian
soldiers in Word War II Borneo By' KEVIN SMITH,
ESCAPES and INCURSIONS
tells in authentic and close detail the stories of the perilous
adventures and dreadful ordeals of ninety attempted escapes, some
successful, by desperate Australian prisoners of war in Borneo 1942 to
1945. For more detail on this excellent book please use our
download PDF file.
This is a companion volume for
the author's self-published BORNEO: AUSTRALIA'S PROUD BUT TRAGIC
HERITAGE(1999), which sold out at just under 3,000 copies and of
which the Australian War Memorial's senior historian declared, it "
shines with integrity" Bruce Ruxton found 'BORNEO' one of the
most comprehensively researched accounts of the Borneo captivity. It was
used by Bryce Courtenay as a source for his novel "Four Fires".
The newspaper of the National RSL reported that the author reveals
command and control with a thorough knowledge of his subject as he
writes in a competent and authoritative manner. For further details of
this earlier 1999 book see: http://users.northnet.com.au/~helkev.
ESCAPES and INCURSIONS (2006) reflects similar qualities. Tom
Pledger (former POW on Ambon), an early purchaser, describes it as one
of the best stories he has read about WWII and similar comments are
flowing in from other personal mail order readers around Australia.
Contact: Dr Kevin Smith, P.O. Box 440, Armidale NSW 2350 Phone: (02)
A family history researched and
written by Robyn Crosslé, (née Turnbull) Self-published, Strathmerton,
Victoria, 1994 Printed by Waterwheel Press, Kyabram, Victoria, Australia
Cost: $50, includes postage and packaging within Australia A biography
of James Douglas Turnbull, his wife, Esther Rathie, and their ten
children, Scottish selectors and pioneers of Guy Fawkes and Ebor, near
Armidale, N.S.W. in 1884. James was born at East Middle Farm, near
Hawick in Roxburghshire in 1833, whilst Esther was born at
Hassendeanburn, also near Hawick, in 1844 As well as the Turnbull and
Rathie families, other surnames of interest include Andison, Anderson,
Beattie, Campbell, Clyne, Cooper, Cunningham, Gilder, Gore, Kerr,
McIntosh, Oliver, Riddel, Sclater, Siddins, Stephenson, Taylor, Waldie
and Winn. Features of this 352 page book include: Scottish genealogy and
background of family members from the parishes of Burnfoot, Minto,
Cavers, Kirkton, Southdean and Castleton in the County of Roxburghshire
Local histories of Guy Fawkes and Ebor, as well as of the districts in
Victoria, Australia, where James and Esther farmed from 1852 - 1883:
Mount Prospect (near Creswick), Leichhardt (near Bendigo) and Kotupna
(near Nathalia). Maps, photographs (incl. four pages in colour),
documents, sketches and family charts 160 family letters written from
India and Scotland between 1856 and 1921 The book is fully referenced
and indexed and has an extensive bibliography Turnbull Lives and Letters
was awarded Equal Second Prize in the Alexander Henderson Award in 1995.
This Award is given annually by the Australian Institute of Genealogical
Studies Inc. in Melbourne, for the best family history published in
Australia during the previous year.
Pounding Along to
This book by Caroline Gaden is a
military history of the Australian 2/20 Battalion AIF during
World War II. In the book Caroline describes their initial
training, their battles with the invading Japanese, the Battles
for Malaya and Singapore as well as their life in the Prisoner
of War camps including Changi during the construction of the
Thai-Burma railway. Extracts from the Battalion’s Routine Orders
and War Diary, newspaper reports together with letters and the
diary of Captain E.W. (Bill) Gaden have been used to bring this
compelling history to life. The book has more than 700
references and lists the fate of 500 men mentioned in the book.
Publication details can be obtained from Caroline at:
or by phoning her on +61 (0)7