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Letter to her sister, Annie Bell, on her engagement


Canterbury Road


March 27th (1918)

My dearest old Annie-pan,

Congratulations! my dear, isn't it lovely. You must be feeling very happy. There was great excitement when the letter came. He must be a duck.

We broke up for our Easter holidays today, and go back on tomorrow week. We are getting an extra day as Aileen McCauce won a scholarship at the University this year. Bess was out at Essendon yesterday. Aunt Jean and Uncle Stewart were out at a wedding in the afternoon. Dads is coming out here on Saturday, for afternoon tea and tea.

Violet and I were up at Mrs. Howatson's on Saturday, Aunt Bess was there also. Mrs. Howatson showed us some nice photos of Nancy and the kids and one of the house, taken down at Earimil. Anna McKee was at church on Sunday. She was going out to Mrs. Howatson's on Saturday night, so I suppose she stayed there the night. The garden is looking pretty good just now. There are some nice dahlias out. There are some very pretty dark red ones. Uncle Geordie is to arrive on Good Friday. I spose he is coming over for Gran's birthday. Sandy, Nancy and the kids are up from Earimil.

Well, old sport, I must close now.

With tons of love and kisses

from Duckie.


Duckie is Helen Bell, Anne's sister, aged about 14 at the time

Anne is Anne Bell, serving in France, aged 30.

Violet is Violet Bell, another sister.

Aunt Jean is Jean Armstrong, her mother's sister

Uncle Geordie is Geordie Stewart, Jean Armstrong's husband

Gran is her mother's mother (Grannie Armstrong)