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Letter and envelope from Len Uren to William and Mary Anna Uren, 25 November 1917

AR00286.043

Letter and envelope from Len Uren to William and Mary Anna Uren, 25 November 1917

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Physical description

A beige envelope and a two page handwritten letter on buff paper and in black ink written on both sides with 'Y.M.C.A' letterhead. The letter is dated '25 Nov 1917' and partially reads 'Dear Mum & Dad / You can see that my shift has been / settled alright; because I'm / writing this in the Glasgow / Y M C A. / I received my movement / order last Wednesday at / 6.30.A.M. & it took till 10.00 AM / the next day to land at / Southampton...' The envelope is addressed to 'Mrs. W Uren.' and is torn down one side.

Statement of significance

This collection comprises a number of objects belonging to Leonard Sydney Uren (1894-1984), a member of the First Australian Imperial Force during World War 1, and later a well-respected dentist based in Penrith, NSW between the 1920s and 1970s. The collection includes personal correspondence, photographs, ephemera and memorabilia relating to the professional and personal aspects of Uren's wartime service, and lends insight into the acquisition of skills which would support his later career. All objects in this collection survive in a good state of conservation.

The 'Len Uren collection' allows for an exploration of the experiences of Australian servicemen during the 1915 Gallipoli landings and on the Western Front during World War 1. This collection illustrates the personal tragedies of war, as well as the professional opportunities offered by the AIF which shaped the lives of ex-servicemen. This collection offers access into the social and labour history of World War 1, and the transformation of professional dentistry in Australia during the early to mid twentieth-century.

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