Black and white postcard of an Egyptian woman carrying a large pot upon her shoulders. The postcard was written by Sapper Galbraith whilst training in Egypt, 1915-1916.

Born in Maryborough, Sapper Alfred George Finlay Galbraith was the son of Alfred and Amy C. Galbraith, of W.R. Institute, Flinders Street, Station Buildings, Melbourne. He trained as an electrical engineer and enlisted in the Australian Army at the age of 20, in July 1915. His father gave written permission for him to join 'the Military Forces to serve the Empire abroad' (his mother had already died). Galbraith served in the 5th Division Signalling Company, Australian Engineers, AIF, embarking from Melbourne on 23 November 1915 on the 'Ceramic'. He went to Egypt for further training, then was shipped to France, disembarking 27 June 1916 at Marseilles. Less than three weeks later, on 15 July, he received a wound in the thigh and a 'penetrating wound in the neck'. He died the same day at the 8th Australian Field Ambulance.

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Black and white postcard of an Arabian woman carrying a large pot upon her shoulders. Her face is covered. On the back is a note "We see thousands of these women every day. They are so Interesting and will not look on the same side of the street as a soldier or even civilian. We all respect them very much." Alfred Galbraith Collection, First World War.

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Black and white postcard. Photographic image on obverse of an Egyptian image holding a large pot on her shoulders. Her face is covered.. A note, handwritten in ink, is written on the reverse.

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