Military mewses Down Under

The St John’s Wood Library inbox is usually full of spam, cash reports, and late fees enquiries, so it was a delight to receive a gem of a request from Marianne and Kevin who live in Brisbane, Australia but have a rather familiar address…

Guns at the Wood by Joan WanklynMarianne stated that she would really like to get hold of a copy of Guns at the Wood by Joan Wanklyn. This is a rare book with only 500 copies printed in the 1970s. Westminster Archives does have a copy, but it is a long way from Brisbane. Captured by the challenge we put out enquiries but without much luck so far.

The particular reason for the enquiry is that Kevin’s father was born in St John’s Wood in 1910. Kevin’s father and grandparents lived at 10 Ordnance Mews, just round the corner from the old Royal Artillery barracks on Ordnance Hill. Kevin’s family migrated to Australia in 1920 after WW1. His grandfather was in the Royal Artillery during the war.

Marianne and Kevin currently live in London Street, St Johns Wood which is a locality within the Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove.  They bought the land in 2010 which was exactly 100 years after Kevin’s father was born. They have even named their house Ordnance Mews and the Gallipoli Army Barracks are next door too.

If anyone can locate a copy of ‘Guns at the Wood’ they would like to sell, get in touch with St John’s Wood Library ( – we would be more than happy to put you in touch and share a bit more of St John’s Wood Down Under.

Remember you can always find out about your family history using Westminster’s online resources findmypast and in any of our libraries. St John’s Wood Library are having a special introductory event about these resources at 10.30am on Monday 24 February.



2 responses to “Military mewses Down Under

  1. Wendy Ross-Smith

    1 have no 141 of 500


  2. Hi Wendy, thanks for letting us know. Kevin and Marianne managed to purchase a copy last year. They are very rare and precious!


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