Collection B12 - Diary of Trooper Blackburn

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Diary of Trooper Blackburn


  • 1901-1902 (Creation)

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Xerox copy of small pocket notebook

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Harvey Stanley Hyde Blackburn (1876–1967) was an infamous member of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) who during World War I managed to fool medical staff at the time of his voluntary enlistment so that they did not observe his artificial left foot, which he had lost only a short time earlier.

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Photocopied from original, lent by owner

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Trooper Blackburn's diary kept between 27 March 1901 and June 1902 while a member of the 2nd Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen's Contingent at the Boer War. He noted the voyage, weather, work with the horses, marches, casualties, camps and the return voyage.

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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PP September 2018




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