THE find at the tip in Queensland of Alec Little’s property was extraordinary.
The bag contained a number of personal items, many of them in superb condition.
The flying helmet was hand printed with the name R. A. Little on the inner lining, plus the Latin words ‘Deo patria litteria’ (the motto of Scotch College, Little’s old school in Melbourne) and Little’s family address, Windsor, Victoria, Australia.
The faded baby photograph is presumably Little’s son Alec (nicknamed Blymp), born March 1917; the inscription is from Little’s English wife Vera.
There was a silk shirt with faint writing, possibly “RNAS Service”.
A waistcoat with an Australian label contained in a crease in the inner fabric the printed name R. A. Little and the family address.
There was a paisley cravat made in the UK by Liberty of London.
A metal spectacles case contained flying goggles with red lenses and pressed wattle and pansy flowers. Little was known to grow flowers near his tent at French airfields.
There were two sets of long johns, one with the label Mark Foy, Sydney (a large department store) and the embroidered tag “AL”.
A 1898 British penny had a hole drilled in it, presumably for a cord. It bears an obvious impact mark, with small blobs which could be bullet fragments.
Two medallions, “Honour to the AIF” and “For King and Country”, were issued by the Victorian Education Board in his home State.
The leather Gladstone bag was inscribed on outside with the initials “W.E.H”.
A paper packet contained four glass photographic negative plates and a handwritten note which said “Please return to the Little family Punt Rd Windsor Victoria Australia”.
An embroidered silk “Happy Birthday” handkerchief was attached to a French postcard with the message: “To my dear wife wishing you many happy returns and good luck.”
There was a plain black cotton necktie and a brown woollen scarf.
Any information on this important discovery can be directed to Terry Hetherington, at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra. Email email@example.com or phone 4424 2192.