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PRIVATE Adam Benjamin Hallyburton, born
in the 1890s, was in the 22nd Australian Infan-
try Battalion and went to France to fight in the
First World War.
His relative Ray Anderson recently came
across a series of photos Mr Anderson’s par-
ents had left, some of which were from the First
Most of the photos have no identifiable fea-
tures, but he found two photos of Private Hal-
lyburton and a postcard sent to his auntie Inza,
which he brought to the attention of the ‘Senti-
“They were photos left after my parents passed
on and they’ve just been sitting in the cupboard,”
Mr Anderson said.
Private Hallyburton’s father, William, was born
in Scotland. He moved to Australia in the 1800s
with two of his brothers. Mr Anderson’s great
grandparents gave birth to another child in Aus-
tralia, who would become Mr Anderson’s grand-
father. They settled in Hallora, near Drouin.
“They were pioneers of Hallora. My grandfa-
ther selected land at Hallora around 1876 when
he was only 18.
“That’s where they got the name from. They
took it from the first syllable of Hallyburton and
put –ora on the end of it.
“He (my grandfather) didn’t marry until later
in life. Mum was 42 when I was born and there
were six of us; that’s how the generations have
stretched right out.”
Private Adam Hallyburton was enlisted in
Cranbourne in the early war years and subse-
quently sent to France.
He sent a postcard to Ray Anderson’s mother,
Marion, in 1915.
“It was just to say ‘Hello, how are you?’,
that sort of thing. That was dated April, 1915,
so he’d been over there for a fair while,” Mr An-
The following year on July 14, 1916, Private
Hallyburton was shot in the shoulder and se-
verely wounded. He was sent to England to
recuperate but soon got back on his feet and
returned to France.
Less than a year later, he was sent back to
England. He had been wounded for the second
time, shot in the face on March 2, 1917.
In England, Private Hallyburton fell in love
with a Scottish nurse, whose name remains un-
known, and they must have hit it off, because
they were engaged within a few months of meet-
ing each other.
He sent a postcard to his cousin Inza (nick-
named Ina) on April 23, 1917, writing how he
was “alive and well”.
“I am now in England after being wounded the
second time, but I am expecting to be back in
France before this month is out,” he wrote.
“I was wounded just below the left eye this
time...the sight is slightly affected.
“Well Ina how are things with you, I have not
heard from you since I have been away from
France,” the letter reads.
“I am engaged to a very nice Scotch lassie, she
lives in Edinburgh, so don’t be surprised any
time to hear that I have jumped the broomstick.”
After recovering from the gunshot wound to
the face, Private Hallyburton returned to France.
On July 27, 1918, he was killed in action
and buried at the Crucifix Corner Cemetery in
Mr Anderson said there are many more stories
to uncover about his relatives and other war he-
roes, but because many photos don’t have iden-
tifiable features on them, they become lost.
“There are so many other photos but we don’t
know who they are,” Mr Anderson said.
A SPECIAL presentation of a work of art
was made to the National Vietnam Veteran’s
The painting/collage was made by mem-
bers of the local NDY (Not Dead Yet) group
under the direction of artist Ricardo Alves-
Ferreira and Rhonda Bateman who together
coordinate the group’s activities.
“The painting was made in memory of all
the soldiers that fell at war, using the pop-
pies left over from the funeral of a member
and founder of the museum, ” Ricardo said.
“These were turned into a memorial repre-
senting ‘Five minutes’ break in the war. The
five minutes that it takes to miss everyone
they missed at home.
“The red poppies represent all wars, and
the one single orange poppy represents the
Vietnam War. ”
The frame was donated by Esme Langhorn.
Ricardo said the project brought back
memories for group members of their rela-
tives, those husbands and brothers, sisters
and aunties that were lost in such events.
The painting/collage was accepted by mu-
seum general manager Phil Dressing and
recently retired general manager John Meth-
“They were moved by the group’s creative
flair and the use of the materials from such
an important and sad moment as the funeral
of one very well loved friend and member of
the museum to create such memorable gift. ”
The NDY group finished the day with a
sumptuous lunch at the Nui Dat Cafe at the
Vietnam Museum where John welcomed
them and made them feel like VIPs.
The food was homemade cooking style
dishes with rich flavours and delectable pal-
Tribute to a war hero
Artistic tribute a gift for museum
At the special presentation were, from left, Ricardo Alves-Ferreira, Breta Searby, Bill
Steegstra, John Methven, Phil Dressing (GM), Rhonda Bateman, Meralyn Murphy, Merle
Jopson, June Forest; front, Peter Jopson, Esme Langhorn and Margaret Scarborough.
Strong support for veterans
FORMER servicemen Sam Frood and Jason Gordon were on hand to sell Anzac Day
commemorative badges and pins, bag tags, wristbands, stubbie holders and bar mats
during the week, raising much-needed funds for veteran welfare.
The Wonthaggi RSL would like to thank the community for their continued support of
the cause. rg121717
Private Adam Benjamin Hallyburton died at
the age of 25, killed in action in France. He
was in the 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion.
Private Hallyburton sent a postcard to his cousin Inza, explaining how he had been
wounded again - this time in the eye - and had to return to England to recuperate.
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