Whittaker Street, Mortlake

Whittaker Street, Mortlake

Peter Whittaker was born in 1868 in Altrincham, Wilmslow, England.  He arrived in Brisbane in March 1891, where he joined the Royal Australian Artillery the following year.  In 1904 he resigned with the rank of Corporal. He married Blanche Bushell in 1898.  They had four children – two sons, Eugene and Norman,  and two daughters,…

What Are We Looking At

What Are We Looking At

The boat shed at the bottom of Hilly Street, looking towards Green Point, taken from the top of Montgomery’s Palace Hotel c1920s. The Mortlake-Putney Punt now crosses the Parramatta River from this spot. Nearby is a small beach, known as Fairmile Cove, where naval boats were assembled during World War II. In the middle distance…

The Casualties of War:  Beyond the Battlefield

The Casualties of War: Beyond the Battlefield

At the time of the First World War there was little understanding of what today is termed post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD). Returned soldiers often suffered lingering psychological damage which, although largely unrecognised, was at least as debilitating as physical injuries. Doctors were generally reluctant to diagnose a patient with shell shock, attributing their condition to…