Letters have long been recognised as a key historical source, giving wonderful insights into a particular time, place or persons life.
Personal letters in particular can provide details that would scarcely be found in any other document or record. For instance due to the conversational manner by which letters are usually written, one can catch a glimpse at a person’s sense of humour, personality, world view and even family culture.
The letter shown here is one in a series of letters written by a young man named Reginald Sharpless to his family back home in England during the 1920’s. Reg came to Australia as a chronic asthmatic, looking to find a more suitable environment for his condition. He found work as a jackeroo on Mossgiel Station in the NSW outback; his letters home detail his time living and working on Mossgiel station.
Letter from Reg Sharpless to his family in England. Dated 30th August, 1924.
(CSURA Collection RW 283/4/31)