These postcards are drawn from a number of the WW1 theatres of war, however they mainly originate in Egypt where the men of the A.I.F had time to convalese and communicate with family. The soldiers endured great periods of separation from their wives, girlfriends and sweethearts. During the long periods of convalescence in places like Egypt, they would have had a lot of idle time to think about their lives back in Australia, and if they made it home, would they still be waiting for them back home. These Australian men, many who had never been given the opportunity to travel before, came face to face with a very different culture and the postcards they sent home to Australia bear witness to that.
These postcards from the main theatres of WW1 took many weeks to get to Australia via ship. Writing from the front was heavily censored. Soldiers could not mention where they were, dates or anything substantial at all. Many of the postcards in our archive were pasted so securely into albums that they could not be detached therefore any messages on them are unable to be read.
Postcards amongst the soldiers memorabilia varied in their content. Some were scenic cards while others were patriotic. Postcards for special occasions were highly decorative. Many were sentimental especially the cards containing artistic works beautifully embroidered in silk.