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Good morning everyone! This is my first post.

 

One of my great uncles Harry Maxwell Clark served as a private soldier (no 1002) in the 2nd Infantry Battalion A.I.F and was killed on 2/5/15 at Anzac Cove.

On his attestation form he states that his job was that of 'Imperial Organiser'. Does anyone know anything about this job? Sounds as if it was some kind of government post promoting all things imperial, arranging meetings, lectures, empire days etc. 

I would be most grateful for any information or suggestions as to where I might look next.  

 

 

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Comment by Elizabeth Allen on August 14, 2014 at 18:14

John,   I wonder if the War Memorial could help you with that query? www.awm.gov.au

Harry is mentioned on this site

https://branchesofourfamily.wordpress.com/tag/1914-1918/

 

Have you tried a google search for that occupation?

 

Elizabeth

Comment by John Edmund Cooper on August 14, 2014 at 22:33

Thanks, Elizabeth, I'll try the AWM. Google did not produce anything immediately useful, but it may be the answer lies somewhere amongst civil service and govt records. I found Harry Maxwell (he used Max for preference, known in the family as Uncle Max) on the site you suggested, many thanks again.

Comment by Kirsty Harris on August 17, 2014 at 15:26

Hi there, I looked up TROVE and found an Imperial Organiser as being someone in the YMCA.

1918 'The Y. M. C. A.', The Newsletter: an Australian Paper for Australian People (Sydney, NSW : 1900 - 1918), 21 September, p. 1, viewed 17 August, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article115782726

Another article mentioned Lord Kitchener as imperial organiser of the armies, but presumably this is not what you're looking for!

cheers Kirsty

Comment by Elizabeth Allen on August 17, 2014 at 15:43

Kirsty, That is great - I didnt have any luck with a good search for this occupation

Elizabeth

Comment by John Edmund Cooper on August 17, 2014 at 23:29
Thanks, looks like you have found the answer for me, Kirsty. I'm most grateful. TROVE is a brilliant resource, new to me as I am a beginner with the Australian archives.
Comment by John Edmund Cooper on May 5, 2015 at 2:49

Result! He was the Organiser for the Good Roads Association, and spent his time promoting and lobbying for a network of inter-city and interstate roads; we have found several articles in papers from Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland reporting on meetings he organised or carrying interviews with him. He was a passionate cyclist and pioneer motorist. A key element of his message was that roads were good for farmers and immigration. He had previously undertaken similar activities in Canada. He seems to have been based in Sydney, where he joined the army in 1914 and was killed above Anzac Cove on 2./5.1915.  

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