Donations to QVMAG Provide a Valuable Record
For many years Major Stephen Cassidy, a Tasmanian based in Queensland, has been contributing an archive of objects, images and diaries relating to his service in the Sinai, Iraq and Afghanistan to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. The material will provide a valuable record for interpretation long into the future.
Major Cassidy was given special permission this year to travel to Tasmania to take part in the ANZAC service and parade. His family has had a long association with service in defence, with himself a soldier for 30 years and a Major in the Australian Army. His twin brother, Andrew, is also serving in the Australian Army.
Major Cassidy’s family’s involvement in defence goes back to William Cassidy, who lived in Evandale and was a volunteer reinforcement with the Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen in the Boer War (1899-1902).
At the beginning of the Great War William’s sons, Harold (Stephen’s grandfather) and Edwin joined up and both fought and survived at Gallipoli. They continued on the fight on the Western Front and both returned home to Tasmania at war’s end. Harold also enlisted in WW2.
Another Cassidy cousin, Jim Cassidy, served with the 2/40th Btn fighting in New Guinea until he was captured by the Japanese. He spent a large portion of WW2 as a Prisoner Of War on the Thai Burma Railway. He still takes part in the ANZAC Parade in Launceston each year .
–Louise James, History Registrar.