Leslie Oscar Evans "Letters to Home"

Letters written to the folks back home were saved by Evans' mother,
and excerpts can be read here, along with viewable photos (click the links)
- all pics are from Oscar's personal scrapbook.

June 20 / June 23
June 24 / June 25
June 28 / June 30
July 2 / July 5
July 7 / July 11
July 21 / July 23
July 26 / Aug 3
Aug 7 / Aug 9
Aug 15 / Aug 20
Aug 22 / Aug 29
Sept 2 / Sept 5
Sept 6 / Sept 8
Sept 10 / Sept 15
Sept 18 / Sept 20
Sept 20 / Sept 27
Sept 29 / Oct 3
Oct 9 / Oct 11
Oct 14 / Oct 16
Oct 18 / Oct 26
Nov 4 / Nov 19

June 25, 1945, Monday Nite
...Well I just finished a hard day. We had jungle school & it was really in the jungle. Its amazing what these Aussies know about the foods & such. We learned to make traps & also the diff. foods. They have one tree that they make ropes from and eat the fruit, a kind of stuff that looks some thing like corn. Also Papaya which grows on a small palm, looks some thing like mushmelon & taste better, also one palm that furnishes leaves to thatch the huts and a food that comes out of the top called millionaire salad. They serve it in expensive restaurants. Seen some banana trees, but the fruit wasn't big enough to eat.
Well I finally got that laundry dry. Has a strange odor, but its very clean. Raining again and we are refilling our water supply.
Also I made a lamp globe by taking both ends of a big bottle. Done it by burning a string around it. Use a candle in it & get a very steady light. I'm using it now & note the diff. in writing.
Well I hope you folks are O.K. & not working too hard. Its hard to believe that its almost time to lay the crops by. These crops around here all grow wild. We found wild tomatoes in a big grown-up native garden. The tomatoes are about the size of tommy toes if you get what I mean.
Well I'd better sign off, you have my days activities and the weather report. I'd better hush and write my gal. She's a nice kid...