Posts for April 2016

ANZAC Her StoryMaud Butler’s Anzac Day

The first official Anzac Day Commemoration held on Tuesday, 25 April 1916, attracted enormous crowds in Sydney, as returned soldiers paraded through the city streets, and an open-air memorial service was attended by a vast throng. St Andrew’s and St Mary’s Cathedrals hosted impressive memorial […]

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  1. Clint

    Lovely article! I thought you might enjoy my post about Maud Butler, recounting how she was mentioned in several messages in bottles sent by troops on the first ship she stowed away on. Cheers!

    • Victoria Haskins

      Hi Clint - I really enjoyed your article. Yes the messages in bottles are fascinating aren't they? Jenny Fawcett did a blog on them too that you might like: see

  2. Victoria Haskins

    That's very interesting Rowena. I recall that there was another stowaway who was allowed to continue on. It wasn't uncommon for young boys to stowaway (if their parents wouldn't let them sign on) but nobody that I know of has done much research on that history. I'll let Julie know... Read more...

  3. Rowena Curtin

    Hi Julie, You must be very proud of your grandmother, although as a parent of a teenage daughter who recently snuck out with a friend simply to go to the beach with a group of friends, I could imagine how her parents felt about her stowing away and did come... Read more...

  4. Victoria Haskins

    Hello Julie! How exciting you read my blog! I will be certainly emailing you soon to get in touch :) I would like to write a follow-up blog on Maud's later life and will talk about it with you. Regards VKH


ANZAC Her StoryMaud Butler: the girl who wanted to go to war

Maud Butler’s daring but unsuccessful attempt to get to the front on the Suevic in December 1915 appears only to have strengthened her resolve to serve overseas. Three months later, on March 8, 1916, Maud was once again found aboard […]

ANZAC Her StoryMaud Butler: teenage stowaway

Maud Butler was only 16 years old when she first tried to get to the front – and if it hadn’t been for her boots she might have made it too. The girl from Kurri Kurri, in rural New South […]

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  1. Rowena Curtin

    Hi Professor Haskins, After my initial optimism, it turned out that Maud Butler wasn't onboard the same ship as my Great Great Uncle, Jack Quealy, who actually left two days. However, I thought you might be interested in a few posts I wrote about Maud Butler and also the onboard... Read more...

    • Victoria Haskins

      Hi again Rowena, your blogs are really interesting and I am sure that other readers will enjoy them too. Yes Maitland was not at the front at that time and there is a longer story about him (of course), as he had enlisted but then his mother insisted he be... Read more...

  2. Victoria Haskins

    Hello Colleen. Yes your Maud is the same intrepid Maud Butler who tried to get to the front. I am sure Julie you would be delighted to hear from you. If you'd like to contact me via my university email address we can keep in touch. I am planning a... Read more...

  3. Colleen Fenn

    I was not aware of the the actions of Maud Butler until reading an article in a far northern Qld. newspaper earlier this week. Became quite excited when reading further information on line. I believe Maud to be the cousin of my maternal grandmother. Both were born at Coen, far... Read more...

Herding The Green ChickenLess Doom and Gloom

Ever since I could remember I knew my dream job would involve ‘saving the planet’. In my work I feel a sense of hope, purpose and inspiration about what I do and the reason I do it. Not everyone is […]

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