Book Launch – Two Good Soldiers, One Great War – Hugh JonesThe National Trust of Tasmania

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Book Launch – Two Good Soldiers, One Great War – Hugh Jones

Book Launch of the true story of two Tasmanian soldiers caught up in the horrors of World War I

Unveiling “Two Good Soldiers, One Great War” – A Book Launch Celebration

Join us for an unforgettable evening as we celebrate the launch of “Two Good Soldiers, One Great War”

Date: 15 May 2024 Time: 5:30 pm Location: Hobart Penitentiary – Courtroom 1


  1. Purchases: Copies of “Two Good Soldiers, One Great War” will be available for purchase on the night.
  2. Refreshments: Enjoy light refreshments and beverages as you mingle and celebrate the love of literature.
  3. Networking: Connect with fellow book lovers, writers, and industry professionals in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
  4. Convict Memorial: The opportunity to view the Convict Memorial – a new installation just launched in November 2023.

RSVP: Please phone the Hobart Penitentiary on (03) 6231 0911 for details.

About the Book:

Using long-lost letters sent home from Australian soldiers at Gallipoli and on the Western Front, author Hugh Jones has pieced together a tale of remarkable friendship between two men separated by half a world during the First World War.

The book tells the story of young Tasmanian teacher Ivor Margetts, a popular and talented footballer good enough to represent Tasmania at the 1914 Australian National Football Carnival in Sydney, and his military mentor and landlord Major Charles Simmons.

As a lieutenant with the 12th Battalion, Margetts was one of the first Australians ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Too old to enlist, militia stalwart Simmons was hastily appointed to run the dilapidated Hobart gaol, with fateful consequences.

Margetts became one of Tasmania’s best-known and loved soldiers. Simmons was lost to history.

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