It's been a naval month with Australia celebrating the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy, so the Sepia Saturday theme this week is timely.
I've selected a couple of photos from the family's album to write about. In April 1919 Melbourne's Argus newspaper reported that a ship called Marathon had sailed from England with a large number of Australian soldiers on board. The war had been over for five months but there were a lot of diggers who still hadn't made it home, particularly those who were recovering from injuries received on the battlefields of France and Belgium. The newspaper report is quite detailed in that it lists the names of the injured soldiers, the nursing staff and some of the other passengers. The list includes my husband's grandfather, R J D (Roy) Phelan who was recovering from a bad shrapnel wound to his skull. There will be a sad story behind every single name on the 'injured' list.
|The Argus, 29 April 1919. Accessed at Trove, NLA.|
|Roy Phelan, recuperating in England, 1919|
|Marathon, Port Melbourne, June 1919|
|AIF soldiers disembarking from the Marathon, Melbourne, June 1919|
|Arrival of the Marathon, Port Melbourne. The Argus, 9 June 1919.|
I'm sure the naval historians would have much more to say about the life of the Marathon, but this is the extent of her impact on the Phelan's family history.
I suggest you sail on over to see what others write about this Sepia Saturday.