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He Died at Gallipoli

Charles McCullough's original cross at Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli, 1921

Charles McCullough’s original cross at Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli, 1921

Charles Spurgeon McCullough cross at Gallipoli enlarged 600

page 9 of Charles McCullough's military dossier on NAA

page 9 of Charles McCullough’s military dossier on NAA

KIA record in WW1 record

page 13 of Charles McCullough's military dossier on NAA showing the family received photos of his military cross grave

page 13 of Charles McCullough’s military dossier on NAA showing the family received photos of his military cross grave

 

DESCRIPTION: a small photograph showing the original headstone cross at Gallipoli of
Charles McCullough
DATE:
 September 1921
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: 
Charles Spurgeon McCullough was one of eight children born to Robert McCullough and Eva Richardson. He signed up for military service January 1915, and was assigned to the 6th Battalion. And on 17 June 1915 he was one of the thousands of Australians and Allied forces who went to Gallipoli, and like so many others in that tragic battle, was killed in action. Charles was the brother of my great grandma Dorothy McCullough.

Buried at Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, the above picture shows his original cross (along with a number of others from the 6th Battalion AIF). However his new headstone can be found on The War Graves Photographic Project website.

Being someone who (thankfully) has never been exposed to war, I cannot comprehend what effect this would have had on the whole family. But I’m sure it would have had an profound effect.

I have found an article in The Advertiser from 1915, when it reported his death. You can find this entry here.

 

Portrait of a Minister

Robert McCullough

 

DESCRIPTION: portrait of Rev. Robert McCullough
DATE:
undated, but it was taken later in his life, so possibly around 1925-1930
(this photo appears in a newspaper article dated 6 December 1929)
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: Robert McCullough was born in Randalstown, Antrim, Ireland in 1853. After studying to be a minister at Charles Spurgeon’s “Pastor’s College” in London, Robert emigrated to Australia in 1879 and was a minister at the Baptist Church at Fitzroy, Victoria, before setting up a Baptist church in Longford, Tasmania. He the ministered at churches in Hobart, Tasmania and from mid-1890s he was the minister at Mount Barker, South Australia.
He died in 1931 age 78, after incurring a fractured skull after falling off his bike.

 

A Certificate Worth Keeping

 

the front

the front

the back

the back

the inside

the inside

entry taken from the 'General News' section in The Advertiser, Thursday 6 August 1909, p11

entry taken from the ‘General News’ section in The Advertiser, Thursday 6 August 1909, p11

 

DESCRIPTION: this is a certificate presented to Evangeline McCullough on completing her nurses training at the Adelaide Hospital in South Australia.
Presented in a leather bound, gold embossed, A4 folded in half album. One half of inside shows a photograph of the hospital , with the other side her certificate. 
DATE:
 28 July 1909
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: Evangeline is a sister to Dorothy McCullough who is my great grandma., and going by the “first class” comments on the certificate she was an exceptional nurse.
This  certificate is so much nicer than a simple paper certificate.

 

My Own Eva …

Eva Richardson's bible

Eva Richardson's bible

Eva Richardson's bible

Eva Richardson's bible

Eva Richardson's bible

DESCRIPTION: a small (smaller than A5) size bible with a black very-worn leather covered bible
DATE:
18 May 1881
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:
This is a real treasure. Without the inscription this little bible would be ‘just an old bible’. With it, I now know that my great great grandpa, the Reverend Robert McCullough who emigrated from Ireland, gave this bible to his wife Eva Richardson on their wedding day back in May 1881. Married in Victoria (Australia), Robert and Eva, and their family lived in Tasmania and South Australia  Tasmania and South Australia, where Robert pastored a number of Baptist churches.
Eva Richardson was the granddaughter of a convict, and was also said to be Robert’s first convert.

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