Australian Comforts Fund postcard sent from H. Boxall in Darwin, Northern Territory, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Malval, circa 1943 - 1945. The card would have accompanied a care package sent by Margaret Malval though the Australian Comforts Fund. On the card Boxall thanks Margaret for her contribution and wishes her the compliments of the season.
Margaret Malval emigrated to the United States of America from Melbourne, Australia in 1935. During World War II she volunteered for the American Women's Voluntary Services and sent packages to Australian soldiers through the Australian Comforts Fund, thereby entering into an exchange of correspondence with a number of Australian soldiers based in the Pacific and in Australia.
Rectangular card with address on the front. There is no postmark or stamp located on the card. The back of the card has the Australian Comforts Funds logo, printed green text on the left hand side and a handwritten message in blue ink on the right hand side.
This collection of letters and cards are significant as they illustrate the continuing ties felt by an emigrant to their country of birth. Margaret Malval was born and grew up in Melbourne, Victoria and moved to the United States of America to be married in 1935, where she lived for the rest of her life. Though her husband served in the United States Armed Forces, Margaret chose to send care packages to Australian soldiers through the Australian Comforts Fund, suggesting she retained strong ties to Australia.
These letters and cards were sent from Australian servicemen to Margaret, initially after receiving a care package from her which she donated through the Australian Comforts Fund. These letters and cards highlight the support of people on the home front for Australian servicemen by sending care packages through organisations like the Australian Comforts Fund, and the response of Australian Servicemen on receipt of these packages. Additionally, this collection also helps tell the stories of the frontline experience of Australian servicemen during World War II.
Donation from Ms Jeanne Cook, 5/11/2009
On front of card, right hand side [handwritten in black ink]: 'Mr. & Mrs. Henry J. Malval / Peacable St / Georgetown / Con. / [crossed out] VICTORIA AUSTRALIA / U.S. America' On back of card, left hand side [printed in green ink]: 'AUSTRALIAN A.C.F COMFORTS FUND / Victorian Division / "Our Thoughts are with You" / Please accept this gift from one who / is grateful for your service to our / country. With it goes the sincerest / wishes that, wherever you are, your / Christmas may be a happy one.' On back of card, right hand side [handwritten in blue ink]: 'H. BOXALL. CD. TEL. / COONAWARRA / DARWIN N.T / AUST. / Your contribution to / our comfort is much / appreciated. May I / reciprocate in wishing / you and yours the / compliments of the season / and a very happy New Year'
Type of item
140 mm (Width), 85 mm (Height)