I have just received your letter dated 19/1/16 & am sorry you have not had a letter for such a long time as I am sure you should have some by now, of course we could not send any letters for some time & I hope you have them by now.
I would like to let you know just where we are but I suppose you can guess somewhere. Well we have got our billies at last and they were very nice we all had quite a birthday for that day. My billy was sent from a Mrs I.M. Turner of Alma Road, Camberwell. You may know her, she wrote a very nice letter & offered to send me socks or anything I would ask for, but I refused as I have plenty of socks & all these things make your pack heavier when you have to march a long way.
I see by your letter the Germans are having a bad time. Of course they make it a bit hot on them but they should not be allowed to carry on business at all & we are only getting a bit back on them. I am sorry to hear that you nearly melted away with the hot weather you are having lately. I could *imagine what it would be at 104 home. Still that is nothing to what we have here in Summer in the glaring hot sand. I had a letter from Harold & he was telling me what a good time he had at Mooroolbark & I felt quite jealous.
I am glad you have gone in for bookkeeping but hope you don’t get as tired of it as I used to get I can fancy you are going to class, mind you don’t get the strap. You say that Mother Goose is on again you should go & see it I only wish I was home & I would take you but never mind dearie. I hope to be able to do so some day & I only hope it is very soon. You tell me that you are longing for a good old talk well when I get back I will talk that much you will be glad when I run dry. I must close now dearest as I am run dry of news so with fond love,
I remain yours ever xxxxxx Ozzie
Letters shared here were written by Private Ozbert Edwards of the 21st Australian Infantry Battalion to Miss Myrtle McCoughtry his future wife. They were written before, during and then after WWI while establishing his settler block at Red Cliffs VIC. Myrtle remained in Melbourne until their house was built. Letters shared here are part of a larger private collection generously shared with permission by Pam Shugg (granddaughter of Oz and Myrtle) and her family.