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A collection of letters from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley.
  • CRS/2/2/1

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    1994
    Letter dated 1st of October 1994 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley thanking him for his painting of Studley Pike, before talking about the lon cold winter they are experiencing in Australia and the grand final of the Aussie Rules Football tournament, between the West Coast Eagles and the Cats. Hughes expresses his sadness to hear about the deaths of Billy Rogers and David Farrars and mentions the loss of two other personal friends. Hughes closes the letter informing Crossley that he and his family are well and asking to be remembered to Collin. There is a postscript which describes an enclosed picture of 'Red Hill' - which is not with the letter.
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  • CRS/2/2/2

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    2001
    Letter dated 4th of April 2001 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley thanking him for the 'splendid snaps' of spots around Banksfields, which Ted would have loved. Hughes goes on to write about Ted's death and the impact it had on him, before expressing his shock at Collin's death and thanking Crossley for assisting Hilda and asking him to keep an eye on her. Hughes then confesses he does not know the location of 'That Bilberried Bank' - suggesting it could be up Crimsworth Dene, which was a favourite spot of Tom and Walter's in the pre-war days. He writes that about three months before his death, Ted sent him around a dozen old photo's of their family - with Hughes mentioning he has seen the original one at Ted's home, so it could now possibly be in the posession of Freida or Nick with Hughes offering to ask them. He then writes about having his watercolours photocopied at the local library, which distorted the colours, so he has retained them for record purposes only. Hughes offers to send some to Crossley for his evaluation, before scoring himself and explaining that he feels his time in Africa has affected his vision, making him alergic to sunlight which inhibits his ability to translate in his painting. He ends the letter stating that he will write to Crossley again as they investigate the missing photo.
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  • CRS/2/2/3

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    2002
    Letter dated 15th of April 2002 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley apologizing for his delayed reply and thanking him for the pictures he had sent of Red Acre and the hills above Bankfields. Hughes talks about being in good health, before talking about the weather as they had just experienced the first real downpour in 6 months - mentioning that Perth is running out of drinking water and they are now tapping into the large artesian wells underground. He writes that the 17 year drought is making everyone aware of the value of good drinking water, noting that the time of watering gardens from the tap is passing - leading to the loss of rose gardens. Hughes mentions that the Aboriginals did not waste water but that they are making up for 50,000 years of conservation, recognising that the population is not accpeting the fragility of the country's ecosystem seriously. Hughes then writes about the settings of two poems - 'The Weasels We Smoked Out of The Bank' and 'The Ancient Briton Lay Under His Rock', before mentioning the poem 'Heptonstall' and explaining the reference to a relation who had been a circus strong man, relating it to a story of Ted and Sylvia visiting the relative.
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  • CRS/2/2/4

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    2002
    Letter dated 1st December 2002 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley complimenting him for his work as Ted's representative. Hughes goes on to write about the poem: 'the Mantel Clock ticks in the Lonely Parlour' and identifying its inspirational location as the 'Bessie house'. He goes on to reminisce about shooting with Ted - both as children and into later life, complimenting Ted's shooting prowess but also describing him as a 'true conservationist'. Hughes also comments on the 'Britton's Grave' - mentioning that the rock was embedded and giving Crossley further directions to assist in finding it. He ends the letter by writing about the 'Ashes' and asking Crossley to call in on Hilda as she has been unwell and it is her birthday soon. On the outside of the letter, there is a note wishing Crossley a 'happy Christmas' and thanking Crossley for the Foundry pictures, accompanied by a small note about Ted firing arrows, made of nails, into the roof.
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  • CRS/2/2/5

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    2003
    Letter dated 24th of March 2003 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley thanking him for the pictures he had sent in his last letter to Hughes, before commenting how much he misses Ted. He goes on to talk about Stanley Boocock's henpen and the damage a fire has done to the surrounding area - before mentioning a drum they had hidden which they would beat. Hughes mentions the poem 'Two', confirming Crossley's idea that it was located around 'Sugar-Loaf Hill' and reminiscing about their childhood and a shooting mishap. Hughes offers to copy some targets of his and Ted's from a shoot-out they shared in Devon - before ending the letter with a short story about launching gliders off 'Sugar-Loaf Hill'.
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  • CRS/2/2/6

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    2003
    Letter dated 13th of May 2003 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley congratulating him on his location of the 'Tree with the Bilberried Bank and the T stream' and mentioning the idea of Ted's poem being accompanied with the photo in future reprints. Hughes writes about his experiences of finding memories in Ted's poems - before talking about his and Ted's childhood, shooting pigeons and going fishing. He talked about Ted's mentality that killing animals was only for food and to only take exactly what was required - an idea shared by his wife Joan.
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  • CRS/2/2/7

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    2003
    Letter dated 29th of November 2003 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley wishing him a happy and safe Christmas. Hughes writes that he has informed Olwyn of the pictures Crossley has sent him and thanks him again - before going on to write about an on-going health problem he is experiencing with his eye which is coming to an end following surgery. He writes about a collection of Ted's which has been recently published with a copy being shipped to him, by sea. Hughes then mentions he has written to a mutual acquaintance and writes about other mutual acquaintances and where they are now - before mentioning his friends from his time in North Africa. Hughes writes about the tourist arriving at the Mornington Peninsula, family visits and the summer heat they are experiencing - commenting on the bushfires. On the envelope, Hughes thanks Crossley for some pictures which arrived just as he was posting.
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  • CRS/2/2/8

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    2004
    Letter dated 3rd of February 2004 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley thanking Crossley for the photographs he had sent and writing about the poverty of his childhood and about the absence of cars. Hughes goes on to write about post-war sentiments that are shared between him and his father - and the fear of invasion. He then writes about the 1 Aspinal St. being up for sale, commenting on the price and the photo which accompanied the article, correcting a caption of a photo supposedly of Ted and their father but actually of Gerald - before offering to send some early photos of Ted. Hughes comments on the white mice they kept in a rabbit/mouse house in the front garden of the property, then mentions his appreciation of Crossley's anecdote in the paper, from when Ted put a frog down Miss Lumb's dress and asks if Herbert Lumb is still alive. He goes on to comment on the destruction of Stanley's hut - and writes an anecdote about a hut his father had.
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  • CRS/2/2/9

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    2004
    Letter dated 26th of August 2004 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley congratulating him on becoming a grandfather, before relating information from a letter from his mother - Olwyn and Ted's birthdays and the location of their births. Hughes then explains the birth place of his father and the circumstances which led to him recieving the Dem in 1914. He then writes about the location of their childhood camping sites.
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  • CRS/2/2/10

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    2004
    Postcard in envelope dated 26th of August 2004 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley with a painting on one side of 'Arthur's Seat' dated 1994 and an inscription on the back explaining the importance of the location painted.
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