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Medal ribbons in an envelope


Medal ribbons in an envelope

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Physical description

A brown paper envelope containing sections of medal ribbons. On the front of the envelope is handwritten text in pencil 'Parsons'. The envelope contains two lengths of medal ribbon, each folded in half widthwise. One of the ribbons has vertical stripes of, from left to right, red, light blue, green, yellow, green, dark blue and red. The second ribbon has vertical stripes of, from left to right, light blue, red and dark blue. A short section of the second ribbon is also in the envelope.

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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