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Conference held on 3 September 1945 - between Captain F.A. Jacobsen and Rear Admiral Nomeja, Imperial Japanese Navy

AR00225.004.003

Conference held on 3 September 1945 - between Captain F.A. Jacobsen and Rear Admiral Nomeja, Imperial Japanese Navy

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Physical description

An unmounted black and white photograph. The photograph depicts three Japanese men, plus one obscured, holding swords and seated on a bench, with other figures in the background. The scene is unposed. There is a white border surrounding the image. Handwritten in blue-black ink on the reverse is the text, 'Balik Papen / Here they are looking / very sick + sorry for / themselves love, They / won't get any mercy / here my angel. / Your own Jack / xxxxx'.

Statement of significance

The Parsons Collection consists of a wide range of material relating to John Parsons' Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) career during World War II, his 1941 marriage to Sylvia Johnson and their early postwar life. The collection includes his uniforms and kitbag; items thought to have been souvenired from the 1940 Canberra air crash; and photographs connected with his operational tours to New Guinea in 1942-3 and to Borneo in 1945. The Parsons' wartime wedding is represented by Sylvia's wedding dress, cake decorations and other accessories, a teapot and two framed wedding photographs. Their early postwar life is illustrated by photographs and documents relating to their building and purchase of a war service home in Canberra.

Through its rich range of objects, photographs and documents, this collection illustrates how two young Australians experienced the Second World War: one ground crew in the RAAF and the other a working war bride. Its significance rests in its range and complexity.

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