Oz and Myrtle's granddaughter Pam has very kindly given us permission to share some of the transcripts of their letters on this project site. We suspect he sent her this card in 1915 when he was courting her. He met her when she was 16 on a haystack ride, he was 18 years old. The picture title reads 'The Eyes Say No, The Lips Say yes'!
"Dear Myrtle, you will think me a very queer sort not writing to you as promised. I intended asking you out to an evening but as bad luck would have it I caught a fresh cold and had to stay in bed for a couple of days, then our regimental half yearly pay was to be given out & and I did not know what night I would have to attend. I am expecting I will have to go up one night this week, so if you could spare an evening next week I would be delighted. You could write & let me know. I could meet you in town, hoping you are in good health. I am Yours Sincerely Ozzie."
Katy Mutton is a Canberra based, Australian Visual Artist whose practice is informed by an ongoing concern around trauma and warfare and how these relate to our cultural identity and history. For more information on her artwork visit www.katymutton.com