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Reference note addressed to Able Seaman Thomas Fleming Walker

Date: 13 May 1901
Overall: 130 × 195 mm
Medium: Paper, ink
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from John Walker
Object Name: Reference
Object No: 00054876

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    Character reference for ABS Thomas Walker written by Captain Gillespie of the New South Wales Naval Contingent sent to the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. The character reference is dated 13 May 1901, was written in China, signed by Captain Gillespie and sealed with the NSW Naval Contingent's official stamp.
    SignificanceThe Boxer Rebellion was the largest conflict in which the military forces of Australia played a role prior to Federation. The primary contributors to what became known as the 'Australian Contingent' were servicemen from the colonial naval forces of New South Wales and Victoria. Thomas Fleming Walker was a member of the New South Wales Naval Brigade and participated in garrison duties at Peking. Members of the brigade saw little combat, but performed critical police and guard duties, and helped restore civil order. Thomas Walker's reference letter is rare and unique, and lends a human description to Australians who participated in this relatively little-known but incredibly significant conflict.

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