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Royal Australian Air Force Certificate of Service and Discharge


Royal Australian Air Force Certificate of Service and Discharge

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Physical description

A certificate printed on pale yellow paper with Royal Australian Air Force insignia at top. Printed text at top reads 'ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE / Certificate of Service and Discharge'. The number '14194' is typed next to printed text 'Number' and 'Acting Sergeant' is typed next to printed text 'Rank'. The name 'PARSONS, John William' is typed next to printed text 'Full Name'. The certificate is signed and dated at the bottom '5th January, 1946'. Printed text below border at bottom reads 'R.A.A.F. PRINTING UNIT FOR NOTES SEE OVER. R.A.A.F. FORM P/P.83A, REVISED SEPTEMBER, 1945'.

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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