Collection relating to the Haskew and Spencer families, 1914–1918 and 1939–1945

Collection relating to the Haskew and Spencer families, 1914–1918 and 1939–1945
Historical note: 

Few collections in the Anzac Memorial include as many members of the one family, spanning several generations, as the Haskew and Spencer Family collection.

These extraordinary artefacts tell an important story about the service of men from country New South Wales, the units that they served in and the battles in which they fought.

The collection includes the medals, postcards and personal effects of 1758 Sgt George Haskew, 56th Battalion AIF as well as the engraved wristwatch presented to him by his employer and fellow workers in Narrandera upon his enlistment in 1916.

An album of almost 150 postcards between George Haskew and his sister, Emily written between 1916 and 1919 emphasise the importance of family during these conflicts.

The memorial plaques and medals of George Haskew’s older brother, Gunner 28966 Herbert Selwyn Haskew, 2nd Division Medium Trench Mortar Battalion and their friend and uncle 1730 Private Harold William Spencer, 56th Battalion are a poignant reminder of the sacrifices many families also suffered.

Badges belonging to NX161889 Cpl. Henry Charles Haskew, 2/9th Commando Squadron, 2nd AIF underline the continued service that was a feature of this extraordinary family.

Photo of Sgt George Haskew, 56th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force, serving in the First World War.

Photo of Sgt George Haskew, 56th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force, serving in the First World War.
Photo of  Sgt George Haskew, 56th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force, serving in the First World War.

Presentation wristwatch, showing inscription on reverse, 1758 Sgt Haskew, 56th Battalion, AIF, 1916-1919.

Engraved wristwatch belonging to Sgt George Haskew, presented to him by his employer and fellow workers in Narrandera upon his enlistment in 1916.
Engraved wristwatch belonging to Sgt George Haskew, presented to him by his employer and fellow workers in Narrandera upon his enlistment in 1916.

Photo of Herbert Selwyn Haskew, George's older brother. He served in the 2nd Division Medium Trench Mortar Battalion.

Photo of Herbert Selwyn Haskew, George's older brother. He served in the 2nd Division Medium Trench Mortar Battalion.
Photo of Herbert Selwyn Haskew, George's older brother. He served in the 2nd Division Medium Trench Mortar Battalion.

Photo of Henry Charles Haskew (bottom left), 2nd/9th Commando Squadron, 2nd Australian Imperial Force.

Photo of Henry Charles Haskew (bottom left), 2nd/9th Commando Squadron, 2nd Australian Imperial Force.
Photo of Henry Charles Haskew (bottom left), 2nd/9th Commando Squadron, 2nd Australian Imperial Force.

 

Materials: 
medals, memorial plaques, badges, photographs and memorabilia
Conflict: 
First World War; Second World War

On this day

On this day
30 January

1942 — Japanese troops attacked AMBON, Netherlands East Indies, (Indonesia). Australian troops of “Gull Force” and about 2,600 NEI soldiers tried to defend the island but were defeated

1951 — Women’s Royal Australian Air Force formed

1968 — The TET OFFENSIVE began in Vietnam. A series of co-ordinated attacks by communist forces were defeated but the Offensive proved to be a propaganda  victory for the communists, accelerating the American public’s growing opposition to the war. Australian troops of 2nd, 3rd, and 7th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment were involved in the Offensive