Alternative Name(s): Letter of Recommendation, Document

Letter of reference for former MacRobertson Pty Ltd employee J. H. Baker, dated 31 January 1946, on yellow letterhead paper, with additional copy and covering letter.

John Henry Baker had worked in the Accounts Branch from 1937 to 1941 as an office clerk, and left at the age of 21 to serve in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II. After the war he completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne under the Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme (CRTS), married and became a French teacher in Victorian high schools.

Physical Description

Typed letter of reference printed on yellow letterhead paper with drawn image of MacRobertson factory buildings at top, with second copy on plain white paper (.1) and a covering letter also on plain white paper (.2). Each has been folded several times horizontally; the yellow letter has losses from insect damage on right edge, top left and bottom centre, and a diagonal crease.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Public Life & Institutions, Working Life & Trades

  • Date Inscribed

    Mr John H. Baker, Argyle Street, Fitzroy, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 31 Jan 1946

  • Organisation Named

    MacRobertson's Pty Ltd

  • Inscriptions

    [Letterhead address]; typed: '31st January, 1946. / TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN / The bearer, Mr J.H. Baker, joined out Accounts / Branch early in 1937, and continued in our employment until / his enlistment with the Royal Australian Air Force in / November, 1941. / Whilst in the services of our company he carried / out his duties in a very efficient manner, and proved him- / self at all times to be thoroughly reliable and trustworthy. / We know him to be a young man of excellent character and / high ideals, and one who has served his country with / distinction. / We have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone / requiring his services. / [Stamp] MacRobertson Pty. Ltd. / [Signature] F.J. Fowler / ACCOUNTANT'. 1. repeats same typed text as main letter of reference. .2 is addressed to 'Mr J.H. Baker, / 259 High Street, / NORTHCOTE. N16. / Dear Jack, / I regret delay in forwarding reference which / I now enclose herewith, and trust it will prove of service / to you. / With best wishes, / Yours sincerely, / [signature] F.J. Fowler / Enc.'.

  • Classification

    Manufacturing & industry, Confectionary

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Overall Dimensions

    200 mm (Width), 255 mm (Height)

  • References

    National Archives of Australia 'Beaufort A9 [Accidents Part 10]', serial no. A9-267, barcode 7127576; also BAKER JOHN HENRY : Service Number - 409982, barcode 1010873.

  • Keywords

    World War II, 1939-1945, Confectionary, Business Management, Air Forces, Military History, Letterhead