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  The Courtneys: A Victorian Military Family
The Courtneys: A Victorian Military Family

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 200 pages
Author: R. Austin
Year: 2009
Other Data: b&w & colour photos, bibliog, index
ISBN: 9780980637304

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Product Code: SLO041

Most Australian visitors to Gallipoli pass by the war cemetery bearing the titles 'Courtney's and Steele's Post' but few realise the significance of the name. In April/May 1915 this are was held by the 14th Battalion AIF, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Richard Courtney, and known throughout the campaign as Courtney's Post.

The saga of the Courtney's commences in Ireland, and moves to Australia during the gold rush where the family soon became heavily involved in the local volunteer movement at Castlemaine. Military service became a tradition carried through four generations, embracing not only the Great War and Gallipoli where two brothers served as officers, but also the 1939-45 War with one family member serving as a doctor in the RAN and the other as a doctor in the British Army, landing with the paras in Arnhem, where he was captured by the Germans.

'The Courtneys' is amply illustrated with photos from the Courtney collections, and provides the readers with valuable insight into the developmet of the Australian Army over a 120 year span from Colonial times, through two world wars and beyond.

1. From Cavan to Castlemaine: The Courtney Brothers - Thomas Wilson (1833-1906) and James Jon (1838-1907)
2. Thomas John Courtney (1858-1922)
3. James Henry Courtney (1864-1947)
- Appendix 1. The District Selection Committee
- Appendix 2. State Parliamentary Recruiting Committee Documents
4. Charles Arthur Courtney (1869-1966)
- Appendix 1. War Pensions Administration
5. Richard Edmond Courtney (1870-1919)
6. Charles Wilson Courtney (1896-1978)
7. Geoffrey Charles Palliser Courtney (1900-11975)
8. Thomas Richard Brian Courtney (1911-2001)
9. Alasdair Wilson Courtney (1936- )
Appendix 1. Abbreviations
Appendix 2. Medals Awarded to the Courtneys

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