See the photo in WWI uniform back home at Atherton
On the Official Documents Page
, see Harry’s Certificate of Discharge and Statement of Service.
See the story in the Trove Article ATHERTON NOTES.
Look for 8 May 1919.
James Snr not living in Atherton, only Eliza Maggie and James Jnr.
Harry’s journey back home from Townsville
The Tablelands Advertiser, on Wednesday, April 25, 1979, talks of his homecoming in 1919. See ANZAC Day Memory of Our Local V.C. on the Newspaper Articles Page.
In that a reference to family then farming the area now known as ‘High School Hill’.
Arrived at Townsville on way home about May 3rd 1919 to a large reception.
(Brisbane to Townsville by Steamer)
Sydney to Brisbane by train.
On arrival at Cairns, Harry was met by his mother and the Mayor of Cairns.
Various receptions were held in Cairns, including a welcome at Cairns Railway Yards, where Harry worked prior to enlisting in 1915 in Cairns.
From Cairns to Atherton in a flower bedecked train.
Mareeba, a hero’s welcome.
There was a welcome at Tolga where many school children were waiting.
A long account of welcome at Atherton, and many functions.
The Newspaper Article ANZAC Day Memory of Our Local V.C. describes this all in detail.
Australian diggers came home to Australia on the Hospital Ship, Kanowna.
LINK TO RELEVANT ARTICLE : 18th March 1919, Courier Mail
Queenslanders travelled by train from Sydney via Wallangarra, Harrisville, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Brisbane, then Steamer to Townsville, Steamer to Cairns, then train to Mareeba,Tolga then Atherton.