History: Looking Back

Looking Back history feature: Australian Nationality and Mrs Hunter

Looking Back

Sergeant Norman H. Hunter Sergeant Norman H. Hunter

Lieutenant Reginald  Hunter Lieutenant Reginald Hunter

WHILE staying for a holiday at Thirroul in 1917, Ena Hunter, of Sydney, attended a local political meeting to rally support for Labor candidate Billy Davies, for the coming state election.

The mother of two, who had lost a 19-year-old son, Sergeant Norman H. Hunter fighting in France during 1915, was furious when a supporter of Davies commented that Australians had no nationality.

HUNTER.- Killed in action, August 24 to 25 at the Dardanelles. Sergeant Norman H. Hunter, 18th Battalion, aged 19 years. Inserted by his devoted and sorrowing mother, 71 Union Street, Paddington.

– Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday 6 October 1915.

Mrs Hunter, who was staying at the Bulli Pass Hotel, wrote the following letter to the editor of the South Coast Times on Friday 30 March 1917 complaining about T. H. Marshall’s comments that Australians had no nationality.

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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