The letters – 1917-1919

Index to letters

Most of the letters written by Spencer Kentish to his family in Adelaide, South Australia, throughout his World War 1 service, have survived, dating from his embarkation on the HMAT Bulla in January 1916 to his return to Australia after the war in June 1919.

One hundred & eighteen (118) letters are transcribed here – see index below. They are written to his father and mother and to his four sisters – Marjorie (Mack), Dorothy (Dorc, Dork or Dorry), Ruth and Salome (Lic or Sally).

In the letters Spencer refers to his sisters’ activities and occupations.

Marjorie was a primary school teacher in Woodville and Hindmarsh before going to East Bengal (now Bangladesh) in 1918 to work at the Orakandi Widows’ Home, a Baptist Mission
Dorothy was studying for a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide
Ruth was a kindergarten teacher. She also worked as a governess on outback stations
Sally was at high school