Letter - Authorisation from Great Western Railway, UK.

Production date
25 Apr 1919
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A note written on Great Western Railway letterhead. The handwritten section of the letter has been written in black ink. The letter is dated 25/4/1919. The letter authorises Sapper Gallwey, an Australian Engineer, to gather information from the Great Western Railway about their signalling work.
CH classification DOCUMENTS
Production date
25 Apr 1919
Production place
H205 x W125mm
Media/Materials description
Telephone 1281, READING. \ Great Western Railway \ Signal Egineer's Office, \ 80 Caversham Road, \ Reading, 25. (Handwritten) 4. (Handwritten) 191 9 (9 Handwritten)
This is to authorise Sapper Gallwey, \ of the Australian Engineers to \ obtain such information he \ requires in connection with \ Signalling work on the G.W.R. \ It is requested that every \ facility be given to him. \ A. Blackall \ To Messers. Reeves, Brooker, \ Ralph, + Lustow.
History and use
This letter is part of a small collection of documents related to Queensland Railways employee Francis Vivian Gallwey, who enlisted in the 4th Pioneers Battalion in April 1916. Sapper Gallwey travelled to Britain on HMAT Ayrshire. After arriving in Britain in early 1917, he went on to serve in France, being awarded a Military Medal in September 1918.

Vivian Gallwey returned to Queensland Railways after serving in Europe. Prior to his return home he undertook post-war signalling training with the Great Western Railways in Britain. This was part of an initiative by the AIF known as the Education Scheme. This scheme provided vocational training in a range of jobs, from bakers to boilermakers. This letter of introduction outlines his interest in signalling.
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