<![CDATA[JWT PUBLISHING - News Blog]]>Fri, 10 Jun 2022 16:09:08 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[October 30th, 2021]]>Sun, 31 Oct 2021 00:13:23 GMThttps://jwtpublishing.com.au/news-blog/october-30th-2021Picture
A new addition to Australia's media landscape. Australian Settlers soon to be released Nationally. We invite you to share your story of family history as we share with you an intimate connection through the words of relatives from the past.

We’re interested in interpreting what these events mean, and connecting the dots to discover the unique stories that explain our place in the world.

In a convergence of cultures, Australia has a unique and diverse past, with Heritage that includes places, values, traditions, events and experiences that capture where we've come from.
We document the First Australians and explore the history of Australia from an Indigenous perspective. We explore Australian history including Indigenous Australians, the First Fleet, early settlement and the expansion of the colony.

The first waves of migrants began with the British in 1788 and successive ones have followed continuously ever since.

That’s a mere couple of hundred years. Before the arrival of people who speak Italian, Greek, Arabic, Hindi, Mandarin, Serbian or English, Australia was already home to at least 250 distinct languages, each emblematic of a unique culture and set of traditions.
Australia is earmarked to acknowledge the arrival of the first free settlers, who arrived on the "Bellona" on 16th January 1793.

In 2023 the 230th Anniversary will be widely anticipated. We want to hear from you, as we bring together our coverage, and connect you with people, places and events of the past.
Warm Regards
John Tozeland

<![CDATA[October 24th, 2021]]>Mon, 25 Oct 2021 01:44:08 GMThttps://jwtpublishing.com.au/news-blog/october-24th-2021Picture
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<![CDATA[A WIN for "The Weapon" Clay Waterman]]>Sun, 24 Oct 2021 05:06:32 GMThttps://jwtpublishing.com.au/news-blog/a-win-for-the-weapon-clay-watermanPicture
Congratulations to the "The Weapon" Clay Waterman took out the win last night against his opponent on the Gold Coast at Tasman Fighters Boxing Bouts.

A massive “Thank You” for all your support! Shoutout to Tasman Fighters for putting me on your card very much appreciated!

That’s 4 from 4 want to keep it rolling, next fight scheduled in Bris early Dec!

So stay tuned will update closer to fight day! Time to relax & enjoy my day off before starting it all again tomorrow  


<![CDATA[October 16th, 2021]]>Sat, 16 Oct 2021 20:43:43 GMThttps://jwtpublishing.com.au/news-blog/october-16th-2021
MK MUSC & EVENTS/SUMMIT DJS present St Andrew’s Day Harbour Cruise. Join us to celebrate everything that’s great about Scotland.
If there’s one thing Scots know how to do well… it’s how to party! And do we need our FREEDOM back after enduring an extended lockdown. We have an exciting day planned to celebrate Scotland’s national day in style, with a 4-1/2 hour luxury cruise aboard the best boat on the harbour. Enjoy stunning views of the city from three floors including an outdoor sun deck up top with 360-degree views of Sydney’s iconic harbour.
The event is fully licensed with two bars, live entertainment, and a Scottish BBQ thrown in with traditional favourites:
Floor 1
‘Live Lounge’ Guitars / Drums / Pipes / Vocals ft Mary Kiani & friends, playing toe tapping Scottish tunes old & new.
Floor 2
DJs (Hodgie, Jimmy Ray, Jon Guetano, Summit DJs, and Mary Kiani - Live vocals) curating a summer harbour vibe.
If you need a break from music, the boat has several relaxing quiet areas to have a blether!
Ticket prices (includes BBQ)
1st release tix $602nd release tix $70Final release tix $80Discounts for group bookings of 10+ ($50 tix per person)
Embarking/Disembarking wharfs will be announced nearer the event date
**Important info**This is a COVID-safe event
This event is being held in alignment with NSW Government guidelines and policy. Social distancing must be maintained and the advice of COVID safety marshals onboard must be followed at all times. You must provide proof that you are double vaccinated by signing in via our QR code before boarding,
The event is fully refundable should it be cancelled. We ask that anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms on the morning of the cruise please refrains from attending and notifies the hosts no later than midday to obtain a refund. No refunds will be given for ‘no-shows’ without notice.

<![CDATA[Scottish Australian Pioneers]]>Sat, 09 Oct 2021 07:00:00 GMThttps://jwtpublishing.com.au/news-blog/scottish-australian-pioneers
Corner West and Worrigee streets, Nowra, NSW 2541
A few blocks from the town centre of Nowra on NSW’s south coast, Meroogal is a rare and precious gem. Barely changed since it was built in the 1880s, the distinctive ‘Carpenter Gothic’ house has been loved and maintained by four generations of THORBURN and Macgregor women through the pleasures and labours of daily life.

​The house still overflows with their belongings – favourite books and ornaments, furniture, photographs, diaries and journals, newspaper clippings, receipts and recipes, appliances and clothes – and the garden, although reduced from its original size, still provides fruits and fresh produce that hint at their self-sufficiency and hospitality. Meroogal invites us into their lives, and through their private histories draws us into a shared and living past.
Thorburn family at Meroogal, 13 January 1891. (Left Robert Thorburn - Far Right Jessie McKenzie
Meroogal is a late Victorian, two-storey weatherboard cottage with verandahs and balconies on two similar street frontages and includes a servants' wing. The walls are weatherboard on stone foundations and the roof of corrugated iron. Internally the floors are original hardwood and the joinery cedar. The building features elaborate bargeboards, cast-iron balustrades on timber verandahs and balconies, arched window sashes and french doors and dormer windows in two sides. The internal walls are wallpapered, the ceilings panelled, doors four panelled and the staircase is cedar. The joinery throughout is painted and the fireplaces and mantels are cast iron
Meroogal is a heritage-listed former residence and now house museum at 35 West Street, NowraCity of ShoalhavenNew South Wales, Australia. It was designed by Kenneth Mackenzie and built in 1886 by Kenneth Mackenzie. The property is owned by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.
HistoryMeroogal was constructed in 1886 for occupation by Mrs Jessie Catherine Thorburn, a widow, and her four unmarried daughters. It was a modest building in comparison to the grand late 19th century houses in Sydney, but quite grand compared to other residences in Nowra. The only properties of significantly greater value were banks and hotels. Finance for the project was provided by her eldest son, Robert Taylor Thorburn. He appears to have had the available funds due to his partnership in a goldmine at Yalwal, 26 kilometres south west of Nowra. Her brother Kenneth Mackenzie designed the house. Kenneth Mackenzie probably built or at least supervised Meroogal's construction as well, as he had designed and built several buildings at Cambewarra, eight kilometres north west of Nowra. The house stood on an original allotment of just over one hectare.
The impetus for building Meroogal appears to have been the marriage of Robert Taylor Thorburn and the family's desire to move to town for business and social reasons.
Thorburn married Jessie Billis in 1885 and bought the land for Meroogal in September that year. When Meroogal was completed in May 1886 the family moved from their property, Barr Hill, to Nowra. Jessie Catherine and her daughters went to Meroogal and Thorburn and his wife went to another house in Nowra. Barr Hill was let to a share farmer.
Between 1886 and 1900 the occupants of the house temporarily changed. However, by 1900 the occupants were the same as those who had moved in originally, Jessie Catherine and her four daughters - Annabella Jane (Miss Belle), Georgina Isabella (Miss Georgie), Jessie Catherine (Miss Kate) and Fanny Kennina (Miss Tottie). (Pictured Above)

In 1914 a substantial portion of what was then Lot 5 was resumed to provide an additional water reservoir for Nowra. This was the first of several lots to be sold, transforming the original 5 acre property to what is now far less than half the size. The majority of original Meroogal land has now been developed for urban use.
In 1916 Jessie Catherine died. In the same year her second daughter Mary Susan Macgregor and her husband came to live in Kintore, the cottage built for their retirement on Meroogal land. The two families associated daily and ate together regularly.
The site of the cottage built in 1916 is vacant following a fire which destroyed it in the mid 1970s.
Between 1916 and 1939 numerous family members and other visitors came to stay at Meroogal, some for lengthy periods of time. During this period two of the original four sisters died and Mary Macgregor moved into Meroogal, leasing Kintore to tenants. When Miss Kate died in 1940 the remaining sister, Miss Tottie went to live with relatives and did not return to Meroogal. This left Helen Macgregor, Mary Macgregor's daughter who had moved to Meroogal in 1930, as the principal occupant from 1945 until 1969. Her sisters were regular visitors. Her sister Elgin came to live there in 1971 and remained there until 1977.
In the mid-1920s the Thorburn sisters maintained the ordered household regime developed in the 19th century, with tasks divided between them. The Thorburn's and MacGregor's all led active social lives through their family and friends and their activities with local organisations. Yet despite the mixing of Thorburn's and MacGregor's and the generations, there were differences between them and these are remembered by the living members of the families. The personalities and interests of the women who occupied and ran Meroogal are evident in these recollections, the fabric of the building and changes to it, the furniture and contents of the house and the remaining personal belongings. These include diaries, scrap books, work books and other items.
From the late 1940s there has been a succession of tenants sharing the house with the MacGregor's, with the two rear bedrooms used by the tenants. The sequence and nature of this is unclear.
Between 1941 and 1959 the original one hectare allotment was subdivided, losing parts of the garden. The flower garden and back yard were retained.
From 1978 until mid-1985 Meroogal was used by June Wallace, Mary Macgregor's granddaughter, her children and some other Macgregor descendants as a holiday house.
The property is now owned by the NSW Government's Historic Houses Trust and open to the public on appointed days as a house museum.


In June 1805 James Thorburn married Susanna Johnstone in Crawfordjohn, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Just a couple of months later she gave birth to their first child, John Thorburn. John was born at Greenburn in Crawfordjohn.

It was a common custom in those days for women to go to their parents house for the birth of their first child. Susanna's sister Agnes had done the same. 

James Thorburn was said to be "of Kirkconnel" at the time of his marriage to Susanna, although subsequent entries in the census returns suggest he was born in Sanquhar. The growing family stayed around Crawfordjohn and Muirkirk for a few years then moved to Doughty Farm, Barr near Girvan.

They stayed at Doughty between at least 1817 and 1832; presumably James was farming there, although I have yet to find any documentary evidence of this. By 1841 the family had moved north and now James Thorburn was definitely a farmer at Achateny, a hamlet on the Ardnamurchan peninsula. With James were his wife Susanna and most of his younger children. There is no sign of his youngest daughter Susanna and I've found no mention of her after her baptism so I fear she must have died as an infant. At least one of the grown up Thorburn children had emigrated to Australia by this point. Several servants are listed with the family, one of whom, Anne Rankin was later to marry Thomas Thorburn.

By 1851 James Thorburn was doing very well and was described as "a farmer of 50 acres arable and 1050 pasture". Although the place name on the original census is indistinct, I believe it to be Gallanach in the Small Isles parish near Oban. Still at home and working on the farm were his sons David, Alexander & Isaac and also his daughter Mary and her husband Norman MacRae and also several servants.
By 1861 James and Susanna had settled in Tobermory on Mull. All their children had now left home (many of them emigrating), but they had 2 grandchildren living with them, Agnes Thorburn and Murdoch Macrae. James Thorburn died at Portmore in Tobermory, in 1864 at the grand old age of 92. Susanna died 2 years later, also at Portmore. The photo below shows their gravestone erected by their son David Thorburn, in Tobermory churchyard on Mull (many thanks to Keith Thorburn for the photo).
hen James died he left a detailed will and an estate valued at over £1200 - a not inconsiderable sum in those days. At the time of his death he was joint tenant, with his son David Thorburn, of the Isle of Muck. He left money to his sons Thomas, David and Ebenezer, his daughter Mary Macrae and her son Murdoch. He refers to his other surviving children, all of whom had emigrated, as being previously provided for and well off. It seems likely therefore that he provided for his other sons when they emigrated.
James Thorburn had been the tenant on Muck having leased the island from 1845, initially as sole tenant, but then as a joint tenant with his son David until he retired in 1859. James & David both moved to Tobermory and his son Ebenezer took over the tenancy of Muck until 1873. Apparently the Thorburn's were responsible for draining some of the island and building the stone dykes and possibly the pier at Port Mor. For more detailed information about Muck and the Thorburn's time there try the Isle of Muck website.
James and Susanna had 11 children between 1805 and 1831. Of these children, 7 emigrated and the children of the 8th son Ebenezer also subsequently emigrated. They all went to Australia, apart from Thomas Thorburn and his family who settled in Canada.
The eldest son John Thorburn was probably the first to go - arriving in Australia in 1840. He had married Ann or Agnes Cameron the previous year and the couple settled in New South Wales, ultimately in the Jaspers Brush/Shoalhaven area. He was one of the early pioneers of the area and by the time of his death aged 91, was a very much respected member of the community there. The obituary below in the local newspaper gives a very glowing report of his character.
​One of John Thorburn's grandsons has proved to be a really interesting character and perhaps a bit of a rogue! Alexander Richard Thorburn's story is long and complicated and has only been uncovered due to the dedication of his grandson Jim, to whom I am indebted for sharing all of this with me. Alexander Richard Thorburn was born in 1885, a few months after his father Alexander Thorburn had succumbed to typhoid. His mother Adelaide was left with three small children. She remarried in 1890 to Arthur Swale Foster, had several more children and the family settled in the Redfern area of Sydney.

Alexander first comes to the attention of the police in 1910 when a warrant was issued for his arrest for embezzling - he would have been 25 at this point. After another similar warrant, he disappeared from official records. The family did put a notice of death for him in the newspaper in 1918, claiming he was killed in France. But there was no trace of any Alexander Thorburn in the Australian military records, nor was he listed on the Roll of Honour. So his death was a bit of a mystery.
Around the same time as Alexander Thorburn disappeared from the records, an Alexander Richards started to appear in the records; he was said to be about the same age, but no birth for an Alexander Richards can be found that would match.

This Alexander Richards did enlist in the army in 1914 and named a Mrs A.S. Foster as his mother, at the same address as the mother of Alexander Richard Thorburn - none other than Mrs Arthur Swale Foster. This Alexander Richards deserted from the army in 1915 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Alexander Richards married Mary Kate O'Connor in 1916, although by then they already had one child. Two more children followed, despite Alexander repeatedly abandoning the family. After the youngest child died in 1923, the family story was that Alexander Richards left and was never seen again.

So was Alexander Richards the same man as Alexander Richard Thorburn? They were of similar age, the same height and both said to have red or auburn hair. Alexander Richards named Adelaide Foster as his mother, when we know she was the mother of Alexander Richard Thorburn. The evidence was fairly strong, but by no means conclusive. The story may have remained just a theory if it hadn't been for the advent of DNA testing for family historians. In November 2016 Jim got the results of his DNA test through, which showed that he matched another known Thorburn descendant. The match could only have come about if Alexander Richards was indeed Alexander Richard Thorburn. Result!! The secret has been revealed nearly 100 years after Alexander disappeared.
But one question remained - what happened to Alexander?

No death has been found under the name of either Alexander Richards or Alexander Thorburn. Did he reinvent himself again with a new identity? For a month or so after the DNA results, this was where things stood - we hoped that perhaps someone would see this information and be able to add the final piece to the jigsaw. I don't think either Jim nor I expected to get an answer so soon though. Within about a month a descendant of Alexander's sister Flora got in touch. She was able to prove that Alexander had changed his name again to Arthur James Harris. Not only that, but it turns out he did die on 9th April 1918 in France while using the name of Harris. His mother probably never knew about his wife and children and his wife may never have known his real name so would have been unable to contact his mother. The two sides of the family are now in touch and some have even met up - a fantastic end to a fascinating bit of detective work! All we need now is a photo of Alexander.
Back to the children of James and Susanna - brothers William and James Thorburn left for Australia together in 1841, the year after their brother, on the ship Argyle bound also for New South Wales. They had both got married the previous year and took their wives with them. James and his wife Helen (or Ellen) McSkimming settled in the Gerringong area and William and his wife Margaret Cameron settled at Burnside, Berry, near his brother John. Sadly I think James died in the 1850s leaving his wife with a young family. William & Margaret had a large family and William died in 1889 at his home in Berry.
Robert Thorburn went to Australia some time in the early 1840s. There he met and married Jessie Catherine McKenzie in 1846. They also settled in the Shoalhaven area and raised a large family before Robert's untimely death in 1869. Luckily this branch of the family left a fine collection of photographs. The photos below show Robert & Catherine in about 1862 and next to it a photo of their 8 children taken about 1872 - both photos reproduced with kind permission of Caroline Simpson Library and Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums.

Thorburn's of Meroogal
This splendid hand coloured ambrotype photo below is of Robert's eldest daughter Mary Susan Thorburn with her mother - image reproduced with kind permission of Meroogal Collection, Sydney Living Museums, Photograph (c) Rob Little / RLDI.
Of Robert Thorburn's 6 daughters, 4 remained unmarried. The youngest daughter Kennina, known as Tottie, wrote a diary for several years between 1888 and 1896. Tottie's diaries have not only survived, but they have been transcribed - you can read them here Tottie Thorburn's Diaries. They provide a fascinating insight into a young woman's life in late 19th century Australia and also into the expat Scottish community she was part of. Robert's two sons both had successful careers - James Thomas Thorburn became an ordained minister and Robert Taylor Thorburn went first into farming then gold mining. The article below from The Australian Town & County Journal describes Robert junior's career.
Alexander Thorburn married Isabella McKinnon in Scotland in 1852 and 2 years later they set sail for Australia with 2 small children. They lived first in Shoalhaven near his brothers, then settled in the Wyrallah district. Like many of his family he lived to a ripe old age, dying in 1915 aged 92. He & Isabella raised a large family, some of whom can be seen in the fantastic photo below (very kindly supplied by Keith Thorburn) with Alexander seated in the centre. On the back row are Alexander senior's grandaughter Elizabeth, grandson Stanley, grandson Hugh's wife Kate with her daughter Verlie. His eldest son, also Alexander, is standing to the right with his wife Rosa. Seated to the left is grandson Alexander Hugh Thorburn and sitting on the steps are Milton & Frederick.
Isaac Thorburn came to Australia in 1852 having already married Catherine Campbell in 1848 in Tobermory, Mull, Scotland. Isaac & Catherine settled in Shoalhaven, then Burrier and raised a large family together during a long and successful marriage. The image below shows a family photo taken at the time of their diamond wedding anniversary.
Isaac Thorburn came to Australia in 1852 having already married Catherine Campbell in 1848 in Tobermory, Mull, Scotland. Isaac & Catherine settled in Shoalhaven, then Burrier and raised a large family together during a long and successful marriage. The image below shows a family photo taken at the time of their diamond wedding anniversary.
The final son to leave Scotland was Thomas Thorburn, but unlike all his other brothers he went to Canada not Australia. I'm not sure of the exact date he left, but it seems to have been after the death of his parents so probably some time in the late 1860s. Thomas had married Anne Rankin in 1842 at Ardnamurchan and they had a very large family. I've not traced all their children yet, but it seems the younger children went with them to Canada, while some at least of the older children remained in Scotland. Certainly the eldest daughter Susanna Thorburn stayed in Scotland as she married and settled in the Oban area. I don't have a photo of Thomas or Anne, but I do have ones of several of their children. The photo below is of their son Thomas born 1854, looking very distinguished. He was a contractor and this was one of his calling cards - many thanks to Sheila & Mike for letting me use it here. The photo below that shows the eldest daughter Susanna with her husband Donald Campbell and the 4 surviving children - many thanks to their great grandson Donald for letting me use the photo. And finally below that is a photo of Thomas's youngest son John Thorburn with his wife Anna and daughters Isabella, Harriet & Hyacinth and son Edward - many thanks to John's granddaughter Norma for letting me use this photo above.

The remaining two brothers, Ebenezer and David stayed in Scotland. Ebenezer the youngest son had the tenancy on Muck until it seems he contracted TB in the early 1870s and was forced to give it up. Sadly he succumbed to the disease in 1875 (his wife Isabella having already died of it) leaving a family of small children.

Although most of these children subsequently ended up in Australia, it may be that initially they were taken in by their uncle David Thorburn. By the time of Ebenezer's death, David was the only one left in Scotland, all the other siblings having died or emigrated. So it seems likely that he and his wife would have taken in the children, particularly as they had no family of their own. Certainly when David Thorburn died in 1905 he left provision in his will for several of Ebenezer's children.
James Thorburn and Susanna Johnstone had so many children who in turn had so many children, that there must be lots of Thorburn descendants out there.

Robert Thorburn & Alice Mary Rose

Ebenezer Robert Thorburn was born in 1897 in Balmain, New South Wales, Australia, the third son of Robert Thorburn and his wife Alice May Rose. He died on 5 September 1916 in Belgium, one of the many millions of men who lost their lives in World War 1. It seemed sad for him to have died and all but these bare facts remembered, so I've tried to find out at least a little about his life until his untimely death aged just 20.
Ebenezer's father was a Scot who had emigrated to Australia, presumably in the hope of a better life. Robert Thorburn had been born on the tiny island of Muck and Australia must have been a very different place for him. But he was part of a large extended family, many of whom had also moved to Australia. When Ebenezer was just 6 years old, tragedy struck when his mother died aged only 30, leaving Robert Thorburn with a large family of small children to look after. The family resided in Balmain, New South Wales. As an adult before the war Ebenezer worked at the Sunlight factory in Balmain, where they made soap. His father Robert died in May 1915 and I imagine the rest of the brothers and sisters had to pull together to support the youngest children.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website revealed that Ebenezer was a Private in the 3rd Battalion of the Australian Infantry and that his service number was 3343 and that he is commemorated at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium. I can't reproduce the CWGC photo of the cemetery, but to see his page please click here. The Australian War Memorial website confirms much the same here.
Fortunately Ebenezer's attestation papers and service record survive and have a wealth of information about his time in the army. The records show that he signed up on 26th October 1915, he was aged just over 19 and his occupation was given as Mill Hand. The image below shows part of the Attestation form. His brother David Thorburn is listed as next of kin as by this time both his parents were dead.

<![CDATA[National Trust of Australia (NSW)]]>Fri, 08 Oct 2021 21:52:18 GMThttps://jwtpublishing.com.au/news-blog/national-trust-of-australia-nswPicture
National Trust​Our 2022 Desk Diary is now on sale!
The diary features absorbing, nostalgic and sometimes quirky images, and stories of Australia’s built, decorative and natural heritage. The volunteers in the Women’s Committee of the National Trust have been producing and publishing desk diaries since 1965!

The 2022 National Trust Desk Diary will feature attractive images with absorbing, nostalgic, sometimes quirky, background stories of Australia’s built, decorative and natural heritage.

At this challenging time, when holiday and travel opportunities are largely restricted to our own States and Territories, the diary will illustrate the fascinating examples of the heritage to be seen and enjoyed throughout Australia.

National Trust properties, and Australia’s city, regional and rural museums, monuments, nature reserves, parks and even historical street furniture, offer fascinating sights and destinations to fill any itinerary. The diary offers the opportunity for armchair travel through the year -– or to plan visits to see the offbeat, the interesting, the striking and the remarkable items or places saved for the future, from the past, to be enjoyed now!

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<![CDATA[It's Cyber Security Awareness Month!]]>Wed, 06 Oct 2021 03:57:40 GMThttps://jwtpublishing.com.au/news-blog/its-cyber-security-awareness-month​The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) urges Australians to take simple steps to better protect themselves from common online threats and cybercrime. The 2021 theme is “Do your Part. #BeCyberSmart”, empowering individuals, organisations and businesses to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace. Check out the step-by-step cyber security guides on how to stay safe online.
<![CDATA[Remembrance Day 11.11.2011]]>Wed, 06 Oct 2021 03:52:56 GMThttps://jwtpublishing.com.au/news-blog/remembrance-day-11112011One Minutes Silence 11.11.2021
We Remember Them

Remembrance Day (sometimes known informally as Poppy Day owing to the tradition of the remembrance poppy) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states. Remembrance Day has been observed since the end of the First World War to remember armed forces members who have died in the line of duty. Following a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919, the day is also marked by war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries.

In most countries, Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of First World War hostilities. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918, in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.) The First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.