I first became aware of the Three Young Men from Charters Towers, whilst doing research 
(2002-2015) on Samuel William HARRY whose life was detailed in 2015. You may read Samuel’s story here. Hugh Quinn the second (who had Quinns Post named after him) had his story told here…these two men were mates in Charters Towers, Queensland. They had many common interests too. But, there was also a third young man, whose name was John Francis Walsh.

One of the main reasons for doing John’s story last, was that I truly believed that it would be difficult to tell his story. But, I was so, so wrong.

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John Francis Walsh was the third son of John Walsh and Ellen Buckley born 1 February 1890 in Charters Towers. He had three brothers, Edward Peter, Robert Joseph, William John and an elder sister Mary Catherine Walsh. John was educated at the Boys’ Central State School, Charters Towers and went on to the Townsville Grammar School, Townsville. 

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Boys’ Central State School, Charters Towers

He became a Forwarding & Customs Agent (A person that organises shipments for individuals or corportations to get goods from the customer to a market or final point of distribution, used widely in the area of shipping consignments). As such he travelled between Cairns and Townsville in this position. He had a great life and was involved in the St. Monica’s Amateur Dramatic Society along with his fiance Angela Theresa Hogan (known as Tess Hogan) they had become engaged on Saturday the 13th December 1913.  

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Engagement Notice “Town & Country” Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) 13 December 1913: 6. Web. 25 Apr 2017


Tess was a music teacher, who worked for one of the local schools. She was also a fine singer, appearing in musical productions for many years.

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MUSICAL ANNOUNCEMENT. (1913, January 21).
Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), p. 4.
Retrieved April 25, 2017


Edmonton Concert. (1919, July 24).
Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), p. 4.
Retrieved April 25, 2017

Tess was a well loved part of the Walsh family in Charter’s Towers as evidenced in the social news of the time:

The Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Qld. : 1874 – 1954), 5 December, p. 7. ,
viewed 25 Apr 2017


John’s first commission was dated 22nd February 1909, as 2nd. Lieutenant, and as Lieutenant on, the 8th May, 1911. He became Captain on 22nd. April 1912, at the creditably early age of twenty-two, he embarked for duty on the 8th August 1914 in Cairns, traveling to Thursday Island (War Station) Garrison Duty. He enlisted for duty ‘outside Australia’ on the 14th August 1914 in the Kennedy Regiment, and when the regiment was mobilised and sent to Thursday Island, he accompanied them aboard the Kanowna on the 16th August 1914, to take part in the capture of German New Guinea. He did not take part in this ‘capture’ due to a mutiny of the crew occuring, (but that’s another story).

The unit was disbanded on the 18th September 1914, when volunteers were called for service in the Pacific, he was amongst the first of them, as had been Hugh Quinn and Samuel William Harry, and on the return of  the Kanowna to Townsville, he, also with the others of North Queensland’s best, offered their services abroad and they were eagerly accepted. 

From the Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), Thursday 6 May 1915, page 4


Killed in Action.

A painful sensation was caused in Cairns on Wednesday when it was known that the late Area Ofiicer of this district had been killed in action at the Dardanelles. The keenest regret was everywhere expressed, and many tributes to the deceased officers worth were heard on all sides. Speaking on the subject, Lieutenant N. P. Draper said, “Walsh was undoubtedly the smartest’ officer in the Kennedy Regiment. He was always enthusiastic, and a power of strength to any of the officers who had the pleasure of serving with him. On the late expedition to New Guinea he proved his theoretical knowledge in actual practice. His ever cheerful nature and constant anxiety. for the comfort of his men gained him the respect of all ranks.”

John Francis Walsh was just over twenty-five years of age, having been born on the 1st. February, 1890. His first commission was dated 22nd February 1909, as 2nd. Lieutenant, and as Lieutenant on, the 8th May, 1911. He became Captain on 22nd. April 1912, at the creditably early age of twenty-two. He sailed for Egypt among, the Second Contingent, with the rank of Lieutenant, under which he is referred to in the official cas-ualty list. His inclustion in this Fifth Division at the Dardenalles proves that that Division is not exclusively composed of First Contingent men.
In private life the late Captain Walsh enjoyed the esteem of all who knew. him. He won his way by merit, not by bluster. In addition to his military duties he was an active participant in the social amenities of. Cairns, and his Work in connection with St. Monica’s Amateur Dramatic Society will long be remembered. He was a member of a well-known Charters Towers family, and was engaged to a highly-respected Cairns young lady. To all the bereaved, relatives the most earnest sympathy is extended.

This, so far as is known, is the first Cairns casualty in actual warfare. We must face the fact that it will not be.the last.

A Requiem Mass will be held at St.. Monica’s on Saturday morning.

An excellent likeness of the late Captaln Walsh will be published in next week’s “Northern Herald.”

Studio portrait of Captain John Francis Walsh

Studio portrait of Captain John Francis Walsh

15th Battalion from Charters Towers, Queensland. Recruited in May 1907 into the 2nd Infantry, he was promoted to Sergeant in June 1908 and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in February 1909. Later promotions saw him a Lieutenant on 8 May 1911 and a Captain on 22 April 1912. He embarked for Garrison Duty on Thursday Island on 8 August 1914, was transferred to the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) as a Captain on 14 August 1914 and embarked for New Guinea two days later. He joined the AIF as a 24 year old on 28 September 1914 and embarked for overseas with A Company, 15th Battalion from Melbourne on 22 December 1914 aboard HMAT Ceramic. After being promoted to Major on 1 February 1915, he was killed in action at Gallipoli on 28 April 1915 and is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey with others who have no known grave.

Source: (Accessed 25 April 2017)

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The effects of Major John Francis were despatched via the Kanowna on the 20th October 2015.  The very ship that had transported him to Gallipoli was now taking his belongings back to Australia.  The contents are listed here:

As if losing her son wasn’t bad enough…the army then requested this information, even after Ellen Walsh was named ‘next of kin’ on all his paperwork.  Ellen than had to contest the bureaucracy of the army…

They wanted to give the medals to his deceased father…John Walsh. They wanted a ‘nearer blood relations’.  The sadest part of this story is that by the time the medals were ‘awarded’ Ellen Walsh had died.


Major John Francis

A Company, 15th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force

Born 1st February,1890 at Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia

[Birth certificate: 90/006950 Qld]

Educated: Boys’ Central State School, Charters Towers; Townsville Grammar School, Townsvile, Queensland

Single; Forwarding agent and [Military] Area Officer, of Cairns and Townsville, Queensland

Next of Kin listed as: Father; John Walsh. Mother; Ellen Walsh (nee Buckley), of Corner of Jane & Stubley Streets, Charters Towers Qld.

Photos of Major Walsh are known to exist in the following locations: 

Townsville Grammar School Magazine Mar 1916 p179. Group photo Chataway facing p18 & facing p27. Brisbane Daily Mail 6 May 1915 p4. Sydney Mail 19 May 1915 p8

Source: (Accessed 25 April 2017)


Fiona Telleson, CONTRIBUTOR


How much time do you spend playing?

How much time do you spend playing?

Really playing, not just going through the motions.  Not in a passive mode, such as watching television or going to the movies, but active, participatory play.  Probably not as much as you should.

Do you feel guilty when you do manage to find some time for play?  Unless you are rather unusual I suspect you do have some guilt feelings, even if they are hidden below the surface.  There are so many things you know you should be doing, so why are you wasting time playing instead of getting them done?  Is that a familiar question?  Even if you don’t ask that question of yourself, probably someone close to you does – your partner, a parent, etc.
Most children play a lot, of course.  Why do they play?  You could answer “because they enjoy playing”, which is true.  But why do they enjoy playing?  Because evolution has set them up to enjoy it.  Play has an important purpose.  It is a key element in their learning curve.  Learning:
  • not only about things in the outside world, not only about relationships and ways to nurture them, both of which are very important, but also about their own capabilities and how to stretch and grow those capabilities.  
  • how to improve their problem-solving abilities.
  • to expand their imagination and creativity.
Think about this for a moment.  Why should you decide there is nothing more for you to learn?  Why decide that you are so perfect at creating and nurturing relationships that you don’t need to learn how to do so even more powerfully and effectively?  Can you really say that you have fully explored all your own latent skills and abilities and have developed them to the point where there is nothing you can do to improve them?  Are you as creative and imaginative as you could ever be?  Unless you can really say all this, you still have the need to play!
Even if you ignore all those practical benefits of play, it has other important functions too – one of which is to give us laughter and happiness.  Do you laugh as much as you could and should?  Are you as happy as you could be?  Assuming you laugh a lot and are happy most of the time, is there a good reason you should not laugh even more and be even happier?  I cannot think of one good reason not to laugh and be happy, but know of plenty of reasons to laugh more and be happier.  One reason is that being happy and laughing is a state I enjoy far more than any alternative state.  If I have a choice between an enjoyable state and on that is less enjoyable, why would I choose the less enjoyable one?  Another reason is that people who laugh and are happy have far less stress in their lives.  As a result, they typically live longer.  A double benefit – you can have a longer life, less stress, and be happier in all that additional time the happiness and laughter has bought you.
Now that (if I have done my job properly) you recognize the value of play, you can use this to squash that little voice inside that tries to tell you that you are wasting time, being silly, reverting to childhood, or anything else it can say to make you feel guilty and stop playing or stop enjoying the play.
Decide now that you are going to spend more time playing.  Where will you find the time to do this?  Take a look at all the things you do each day that are not essential but also are not play.  I am sure you will find plenty.  Simply use some of that time to play instead, and start creating a more fulfilled, happier life more filled with laughter and enjoyment.
Graham Dragon, CONTRIBUTOR
5 Ways to Create and Maintain an Abundance Mindset

5 Ways to Create and Maintain an Abundance Mindset


5 Ways to Create and Maintain an Abundance Mindset

Entrepreneurship requires a lot of resources, and it isn’t always about the money. Some feel strapped for time, while others feel they don’t have the connections necessary to start a business. But in a time of constant need, a positive mindset can put you at ease. Put these five methods to the test, and see if you can build – and maintain – an abundance mindset. You’ll feel like you have all the world’s resources at your fingertips.

1. Focus on what you do have.

“Count your blessings, not your problems.” –Unknown

This one’s all about switching up your train of thought. Instead of focusing on what you lack, focus on what you do have. You’ll feel more abundant, and you’ll appreciate the good – and even the bad — just a little bit more.

Sure, you may not be able to afford a membership at that hip new co-working space, but at least you’re lucky enough to have a home office. Maybe your days aren’t as long as you’d like, but you do have time to play with your kids, and cook a healthy dinner. By paying extra attention to the things you have and love, you’ll train your brain to jump to available resources – instead of unattainable ones — when a new idea comes to mind.

2. Give yourself a confidence boost.

“We gain a sense of self-efficacy when we see ourselves mastering skills and achieving goals . . . . This is the confidence that, if we learn and work hard in a particular area, we’ll succeed; and it’s this type of confidence that leads people to accept difficult challenges, and persist in the face of setbacks.” –MindTools

You may look around and think the people next to you are more abundant than most. Odds are, that’s not the case. They just have the confidence to tackle tricky tasks.

Those with increased self-esteem are more willing to seek solutions to common problems because they’re confident it they’ll turn out a positive result.

By finding ways to boost your own confidence, you’ll begin to do the same. Start celebrating the small wins at work and at home. Revamp your LinkedIn profile. It’ll require you to take a look at your qualifications and skills. Begin speaking up at meetings so others can hear your thoughts and ideas. The best complement to an abundance mindset is newfound confidence.

3. Think positive.

“Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.” –Harvey Mackay

Positive people are capable of finding the good in every situation. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the bad, but by identifying silver linings when they appear, you’ll gradually cultivate a positive and abundant mindset. Imagine what you could accomplish with that kind of attitude.

Those with abundant mindsets also spread positivity for others. Instead of carrying a win-or-lose attitude into every situation, they create win-win scenarios that benefit everyone involved. They don’t compete – they collaborate. This makes it that much easier to maintain a positive mentality and help others build their own feelings of abundance.

4. Get organized.

“Organization isn’t about perfection. It’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life.” –Christina Scalise

Maybe you do have the resources you need, but you just can’t find them. A little organization may help you uncover extra assets that are hiding just under the surface.

Worried that you don’t have enough money to start an online business or hire a part-time assistant? Re-budget your normal income and expenses to see if any extra cash is slipping through the cracks.

Feeling like your days are a little too short? Pull out a planner or calendar, write out your responsibilities, and find gaps in which to do the things you enjoy.

Thinking you lack the connections to make something happen? Scroll through your contacts list, and think about the people they may know. Who knows – you may stumble upon something you weren’t even looking for.

5. Surround yourself with similar people.

“Invest your most valuable possession—your time—around the right people.” –Andrew Horton

When all else fails, surround yourself with people, who already carry abundance mindsets. Their positivity, can-do attitudes, creativity and organizational skills will rub off on you, making that feeling of abundance almost contagious. Spending time with other abundant minds will also help you maintain the right attitude when times get tough.

You don’t have to have all the resources under the sun to feel abundant. Instead, building and maintaining the right mindset will help you achieve what was previously impossible.

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