Letters from James Joseph Makin to his family, 1915-1916, Part 3 of 12

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Zeitour THE-OUHTE MENS CHMISHIAN ASSOCIRTION Carro E9yp1 H.M. FORCEINEGYPT 1/3/000 Dearest Mother & Father This is my third day in Egypt and second in Cairo. I chanced this assemnoons to be in the city and on entering Gardens. I was struck the Y.M. C.A. by the notice. Mait closes for Hustralia at 430 P.M. so I thought I would write you a few words. I have only half an hour in which to do it I spent yesterday afternoon walking round the city sight seeing. It is a strange place at first to an Hushalian, Narrow street, and Hall white buildings wichms and thousands of native You at every and vendors worrying him to clean Your a cane, post cards 101
Egypt. I find it is good policy to have your book clean and to carry a cane; it saves you endless bother sayingwishe (blear out) went along all the man etreets 2 and saw the chief buctligs in the heart of the City, including the Shepheards and contmental famous Hopls they are magnificent building and it ro only prmitted of officers nurses to enter. I continued and their street in which they use along & came to a bridge over the till Nile C You have a P.C. of it, which pes Sent - a fall native Doliceman Handing in the street in the foreground. The Nite as a splendid boad stream at this place. On the other side there are fine gardons along the bank. Here one of the well educated byphans walking (some arm in arme a
VOUHIE MEHS CARISTIAN ASSOCIATION WITH H.M. FORCE INEGYPT 3 132 5 This writing place is in the open arr alongside a shating rink on which there are always dozens of Frawny san tanned Aushaliaus flying are playing hockey. There round also o good Hea rooms in the vicinity where one con enjoy good fea and coffee and good cake. they are singing out that the mait is about To close so I shall have to Hop now With love to all, 6E Your loving son, Iu P.S. I am trying to lotate See through the Base whereabouts I shall thortly know
Bertoun, Cairs, Jauno MrSCMSIMNASOCITN SGyp wifi 18/3/ 1916 H. M. FOnCESIN CONOT Dearest Mlother and Father, On coming in to the Y.M.C.A. Sonight heard that there is another drail for Australia closing Homorrow afternoon, so I am taking the chance of sending you another few limnes. sent you several cards and my diary last dnail, as well as fo two handkerchiefs for Ruby and Sertie, which I hope will reach you alright. I also sent two to Essie and a card to Darry I have not had any letters so far and I can assure you I am looking forward Ao some news. I bought some silk things last night in dliopoles and pooted them today in Cairo. I registered them, so they ought to reach You safely. The blue shawl, Hable centre and cushion cover are for mother, and the white seart The rittle Landkerchief was put on for Ruby when a was trying to get him to take off some discount. The things are brand new and you need not be afraid of any genns on them. She charl is a good one and cost £1 The searf 1/ Hable cnke 8/, and the cushion cover. Of. I am sure I have got good value, as good as one can get in the shops at any rak. are shiff you buy on the but one knows nothing of its streets may be cheaper. more risk of being taken in. history. There is also
2 I have not had much opportunity of seeing the He always sights of Egypt since I last wrote. seem to be on some duty or other. This afternoon Chterday) was the first chance. I have had to go any where this week, and as we do not know how soon we may be leaving here, I went out to the Tyramiels to see what everyone who has been mo Egypt is I was unfortunate in striking expected to see. a very disagreeable afternoon. It was very windy and the dust was lifting off the desirt in clouds. If rained slightly too wouldt we were about to sco our photos taken alongside the Sphinx. I am taken with three others - two brothers named Matthews from Murchison and a friend of theirs. I hope they sum out alright. If they do, I shall send them along next mail. As I flew along In the electric ham towards the Tyramido I could not help thinking of Li and Low often he must have made this sup doning his four months at Mena. The irrigation along the stile is wonderful. There are green crops as far as the eye can see on each side of the Mena Road. At the terminas the Tyramd of Cheops looks a wonderful size. It is not merely built on level desert but on a high emmence Compared with the stry flat wrigation coutry between Mena and Carro rom the high country around the Rramido you can get a fine view of Menca Camp, where hes put m some stremous weeks in traming for Eallipole and nto ougor.
HE VOUNC MEVSCIIvIVASSO WITH 191 t in tonces in caren E. d did not attempt to clumb the Papamid today. The sand was blinding and the wind strong. I contented myself with examining the Hhs and the neighbouring underground temples I would take too long to describe them or tell thenr history, just now. I mean to make another visit, of possible, and climb the Agramid From the summit you can get a fine view of the vougated lands on a fine day. I had my first ride on a connel this afternoon from the Shinse to the tram al 212 Meria I am enjoying camp life at Gitoun. Although we get very little pare time and plenty of guard duty; are nevertheless contented. We do not know how soon we may leave Dectoun for another camp o the Canal. We have had a few very warm days and many cold nights. I have got a caid acknowledging my enquiry for hes but Mr particulars Yet of his locationI met a lad who was with him at Gallipoli He sellr me that it 100 to t he will not come back to bgypt on account of its hot ounimer I am glad for him but evrry not to see him I must stop now as it is fetting near dosing time With fest love to all ffur loving don I

Zeitoun

Cairo, Egypt. 

 

THE YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

WITH

H. M. FORCE IN EGYPT

11/ 3/ 1916

 

Dearest Mother & Father,

This is my third day in Egypt

and second in Cairo. I chanced 

to be in the city this afternoon and on entering

the Y.M.C.A. Gardens I was struck

by the notice "Mail closes for Australia

at 4 30 p.m.," so I thought I would

write you a few words. I have only 

half an hour in which to do it.

I spent yesterday afternoon walking

round the city sight seeing. It is a

strange place at first to an Australian,

narrow streets, and tall white buildings

and thousands of native urchins

and vendors worrying you at every

turn to clean your boots, sell you 

a cane, post cards or souvenirs of

 

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Egypt.  I find it is good policy to

have your boots clean and to carry 

a cane; it saves you endless bother

saying ishmi "imshi" ("clear out")

I went along all the main streets

and saw the chief buildings in the 

heart of the city, including the 

famous Shepheard's and Continental

Hotels. They are magnificent buildings

and it is only permitted of officers 

and nurses to enter. I continued

along the street in which they are

till I came to a bridge over the 

Nile ( You have a P.C. of it, which Les 

sent - a tall native policeman standing

in the street in the foreground) The

Nile is a splendid broad stream at

this place. On the other side there are

fine gardens along the bank. Here one 

sees many of the well educated Egyptians

reading and walking (some arm in arm)

 

THE YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION 

WITH

H. M. FORCE IN EGYPT

.................................................. 1916

 

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This writing place is in the open

air alongside a skating rink on

which there are always dozens of

brawny sun-tanned Australians flying

round playing hockey. There are

also a good tea rooms in the vicinity

where one can enjoy good tea and

coffee and good cake.

They are singing out that the 

mail is about to close so I shall 

have to stop now.

With love to all,

Your loving son, 

Jim.

P.S. I am trying to locate Les

through the Base Records' Office.

I shall shortly know his whereabouts.

 

Zeitoun, Cairo,

Egypt,

 

THE YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION                                                  

WITH

H. M. FORCES IN EGYPT                                                                                     

 

18/3/1916

 

Dearest Mother and Father,

On coming in to the Y.M.C.A. tonight I

heard that there is another mail for Australia

closing tomorrow afternoon, so I am taking

the chance of sending you another few lines.

I sent you several cards and my diary last

mail as well as fo two handkerchiefs for Ruby 

and Gertie, which I hope will reach you

alright. I also sent two to Essie and a card 

to Harry. I have not had any letters so far,

and I can assure you I am looking forward

to some news. I bought some silk things last

night in Heliopolis and posted them today in

Cairo. I registered them, so they ought to reach

you safely. The blue shawl, table centre, and 

cushion cover are for mother, and the white scarf 

for Ruby. The little handkerchief was put in

when I was trying to get him to take off some

discount. The things are brand new and you need

not be afraid of any germs on them.  The shawl is

a good one and cost £1, the scarf 11/-, table

centre 8/-, and the cushion cover 6/-. I am sure

I have got good value, - as good as one can get in

the shops at any rate. The stuff you buy in the

streets may be cheaper but one knows nothing of its

history. There is also more risk of being taken in.

 

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I have not had much opportunity of seeing the

sights of Egypt since I last wrote. We always 

seem to be on some duty or other. This afternoon 

(Saturday) was the first chance I have had to go any

where this week, and as we do not know how soon 

we may be leaving here, I went out to the Pyramids

to see what everyone who has been in Egypt is

expected to see. I was unfortunate in striking

a very disagreeable afternoon. It was very windy

and the dust was lifting off the desert in clouds.

It rained slightly too whilst we were about to get 

our photos taken alongside the Sphinx. I am 

taken with three others, - two brothers named 

Matthews from Murchison and a friend of theirs.

I hope they turn out alright. If they do, I shall

send them along next mail. As I flew along 

in the electric tram towards the Pyramids I

could not help thinking of Les and how often he

must have made this trip during his four months

at Mena. The irrigation along the Nile is

wonderful. There are green crops as far as the eye

can see on each side of the Mena Road.

At the Terminus the Pyramid of Cheops looks a 

wonderful size. It is not merely built on level

desert but on a high eminence compared with

the very flat irrigation country between Mena and 

Cairo. From the high country around the Pyramids

you can get a fine view of Mena Camp, where 

Les put in some strenuous weeks in training for

Gallipoli and its rigors.

 

 

THE YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

WITH

H. M. FORCES IN EGYPT                                                                   

..................191

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I did not attempt to climb the Pyramid

today. The sand was blinding and the wind 

strong. I contented myself with examining

the Sphinx and the neighbouring underground

temples. It would take too long to describe 

them or tell their history just now. I mean

to make another visit, if possible, and climb the

Pyramid. From the summit you can get a 

fine view of the irrigated lands on a fine

day. I had my first ride on a camel

this afternoon,-from the Sphinx to the tram at

Mena.

I am enjoying camp life at Zeitoun.

Although we get very little spare time and plenty 

of guard duty, we are nevertheless contented.

We do not know how soon we may leave Zeitoun

for another camp or to the Canal. We have

had a few very warm days and many cold 

nights. I have got a card acknowledging my

enquiry for Les but no particulars yet of his

location. I met a lad who was with him at

Gallipoli. He tells me that it is 100 to 1 he will 

not come back to Egypt on account of its hot summer.

I am glad for him but sorry not to see him. 

I must stop now as it is getting near

closing time.

With best love to all

Your loving son

Jim

 

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