Victor Dalziel

Victor Dalziel was born at the Gold Rush town of Steiglitz, Victoria on October 7, 1898 and was one of eleven children. His early years were spent in Queensland working as a farmer until he enlisted in June 1918. His brother, Henry Dalziel had been on service in Gallipoli after enlisting in 1915.

He and his brother are credited with discovering tin samples which led to the opening of Boulder Mine near Emuford. This mine was one of the largest mines in the area and remained in production until the 1960s.

Victor Dalziel

Victor Dalziel

He served in the 9th Battalion while on service.

When he returned from the war (1919), he received the nickname ‘Plugger’ as he was regarded as a ‘crack’ rifleman. He married Maud and they had four children, only two of which survived.

They moved to Fairy Meadow with the family and eventually moved to Corrimal where Victor resided until his death from cancer in 1972.

"The Shack." Single handedly built by Victor - one huge room with a fireplace.

“The Shack.”
One huge room with a fireplace; single-handedly built by Victor himself.

He worked as an engineer on the ‘Main Roads Board’ but there were times where he worked in Papua New Guinea as a plantation overseer.

Victor had a saying which he always repeated to his children:

‘An old soldier never dies, he only fades away.’

Victor Dalziel, second from left.

Victor Dalziel, second from left.

These stories and photos have been generously shared with Wollongong City Libraries by Victor’s family.

Francis Henry Pugh

Francis Henry (Frank) Pugh was born in North Sydney, 1893, to George Horatio Nelson Pugh and Annie Sparkes (nee). Prior to the war he was a farm labourer.

Frank Pugh, seated.

Frank Pugh, seated.

He enlisted on 19 May, 1915 at Bogan Gate at the age of 22 years and 11 months. He embarked on 25 June, 1915 from Sydney on HMAT Berrima, ship A35.  Frank was in the 20th Infantry Battalion.

Frank Pugh, back left. Fred Pugh, front right.

Frank Pugh, back left.
Fred Pugh, front right.

Frank suffered from a medical condition and was admitted to hospital multiple times while on active service. He was deemed medically unfit and was officially discharged from the A.I.F at Sydney on 23 August, 1916.

Hospital in Heliopolis. Frank sitting in front, hands crossed.

Hospital in Heliopolis.
Frank sitting in front, hands crossed.

He settled in Bellambi after the war and then moved to 29 Daisy St, Fairy Meadow. He married Lucy Harriett Birch (nee) and they had two children, George and Joyce Annie. Frank subsequently worked as a miner.

He died in Wollongong, 1983.

Frank’s family have preserved not only photos and postcards from his service but personal possessions, letters and trinkets which were sent to his parents and wife-to-be.

Frank's identity tag.  Engraved with name, battalion, religion and servive number.

Frank’s identity tag.
Engraved with name, battalion, religion and servive number.

Made in 1916 by Egytian ladies; Frank sent it home to his mother.

Made in 1916 by Egytian ladies; Frank sent it home to his mother.

NAA: B2455, PUGH FRANCIS HENRY