Fremantle Voices of the Great War: Book Launch

Fremantle Voices of the Great War: History of Fremantle people who served in the Great War of 1914-1919, written by local historian Andrew Pittaway, will be launched on Saturday 18 April 2015 and all are invited to attend

Over 3000 men and women from the Fremantle region served in the Great War of 1914-1919. Fremantle Voices of the Great War tells the story of their war service through their own accounts taken from diaries, letters, oral histories and over two hundred photos, many never before published. 

Of the book, The Hon Melissa Parke, Federal Member for Fremantle has written:

"From the lively and raucous streets at the heart of young Fremantle to the trenches of Gallipoli and the Western Front, the army hospitals and prisoners of war camps, Andrew Pittaway's Fremantle's Voices of the Great War brings to life the incredible experiences of the Fremantle men and women who served our nation during World War I. Bracketed by Pittaway's clear and precise account of key events are the sometimes chilling and sometimes achingly mundane and good-humoured letters and diary entries of many Fremantle servicemen. This work succeeds in transporting us into turn-of-the-century Fremantle, and allows us to keep company with the likes of Private William Renton and Sergeant Ted Mofflin as they navigate the tasks and experiences of that terrible period in our history."

Similarly glowing is Hon Dr Brendan Nelson's review (Dr Nelson is now the Director of the Australian War Memorial):

"Within these pages are the stories of men and women, families and a community who gave so much to make Fremantle, Western Australia and our nation the people we are. Fremantle Voices speaks to us of love, loss, fear, pride and the immense price paid by this generation who gave so much to give our nation, Australia, its story."


Title:  Fremantle Voices of the Great War: History of Fremantle people who served in the Great War of 1914-1919

Author: Andrew Pittaway

Guest speaker: Fremantle Voices is to be launched by Hon Melissa Parke, Federal Member for Fremantle

Venue: Army Museum of Western Australia, Artillery Barracks, Burt Street, Fremantle 

When: 4.00pm - 5.00pm, Saturday 18 April

RSVP details: Contact Andrew Pittaway by 15 April 2015 ( or 0417 296 009)

Notes: Refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale during the book launch


For a copy of the launch invitation, please click here

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