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The Memoirs of Oliver Woodward

Reference Code: GBR/0014/WOWD

Scope and Contents

"My Story of the Great War 1916-18" is an early collection of memoirs about Woodward's experiences in the Australian army during the First World War.


  • Creation: 1932

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Oliver Woodward was born 8 October 1885, the son of Sydney Arthur Woodward and Jemima Johnstone Reid. In 1920 he married Marjorie Moffat Waddell, they had two sons and one daughter. Woodward died 24 August 1966. He joined the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, Australia Imperial Force, in 1915, and was made Captain in 1916 (he was mentioned in despatches, received the Military Cross in 1916 and two bars in 1918). He was Plant Superintendent at Broken Hill Associated Smelters Ltd, 1920-1926 and General Superintendent 1926-1934. He was then General Manager of North Broken Hill Ltd, 1934-1947, and on the Board of Directors from 1944 until his retirement. Woodward was President of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 1940 and President of the Australian Mines and Metals Association 1952-1954– Woodward contributed to various metallurgy and mining journals. He wrote his memoirs "My Story of the Great War 1916-18".


1 volume(s) (1 volume (176 folios))

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Mrs J Williamson (the widow of Woodward's nephew) passed the volume to Mr R Bartlett who then deposited it at Churchill Archives Centre in October 1980.

Related Materials

15 boxes (1884-1964) of Woodward's papers can be found in the National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection including diaries, correspondence, photographs, wartime memorabilia and publications:


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue of the papers was compiled by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in January 2003. Information was obtained from Oliver Woodward's entry in "Who Was Who 1897-1996" (A&C Black) and from the papers.


Woodward, Oliver Holmes, 1885-1966, mining engineer and metallurgist

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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