Gympie RSL President Ivan Friske with old photos handed to the club. He is hoping to find the relatives of the original owners. A selection of photos and letters dating back to 1928 in India have been handed in to the Gympie RSL.
Gympie RSL President Ivan Friske with old photos handed to the club. He is hoping to find the relatives of the original owners. A selection of photos and letters dating back to 1928 in India have been handed in to the Gympie RSL. Craig Warhurst

Old photos surface

A GROUP of photos, letters and books dating back to India in 1928 have been handed in to the Gympie RSL Club.

RSL Sub-Branch President Ivan Friske would like to give the memorabilia back to relatives of the man who once owned them.

Among the material is a letter sent by George Munk to a Jack Hutchings in Granville, near Maryborough.

The letter tells how Mr Munk was due to return to England, but due to lack of enlistments was commandeered to stay for another 12 months.

Upset by the move, he wrote “the last bit of India I want to see is Bombay from the back of a boat”.

Mr Friske is currently sending details of the collection to the Maryborough RSL, but if members of the public know anyone connected with the photos they should contact him at the Gympie RSL.

“We would like to give these treasures back to the family,” he said.

Mr Friske also urged people to remember the fallen on Remembrance Day today.

He said people who can’t attend ceremonies could stop for a minute at work or at home as a mark of respect.

This year marks a significant anniversary in Australia’s wartime history, the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War – which is a focus of this year’s Remembrance Day.

Mr Friske said Gympie commemorations on would begin at 10.30 at the Reef Street end of Memorial Lane, and continue to about 11.02am. He said the suffering of war extended to loved ones left behind and urged people to lay a wreath in remembrance.

Gympie Times


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