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A monument commemorates Private John (Barney) Hines who served in World War One. 

A Liverpool Irishman, Hines was drifting around Australia working at different jobs before he joined the AIF in 1915. He was heavily tattooed and gave his age as 28, but was in fact much older.

John "Barney" Hines (1873–1958) was a British-born Australian soldier of World War One, known for his prowess at collecting 'souvenirs' from German soldiers. Hines was the subject of a famous photo taken by Frank Hurley which depicted him surrounded by the loot he had captured during the Battle of Polygon Wood in September 1917. This image is among the best-known Australian photographs of the war.

Born in Liverpool, England in 1873, Hines served in the Royal Navy and King`s Liverpool Regiment,  as well as working in several different occupations. He arrived in Australia shortly before World War One began and volunteered for the Australian Imperial Force in August 1915. Although discharged due to poor health in early 1916, he rejoined in August that year and served on the Western Front from March 1917 to mid-1918 when he was discharged again for health reasons. During his period in France he proved to be an aggressive soldier, and gained fame for the collection of souvenirs that he amassed. Following World War One, Hines lived in poverty on the outskirts of Sydney until his death in 1958.


Address:Great Western Highway, Waterholes Remembrance Garden, Mount Druitt, 2770
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.777214
Long: 150.807691
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Front Inscription

Top Plaque:
The Face that got the Kaiser`s goat! . When the photo of brazen World War 1 digger John (Barney) Hines, The Souvenir King, fell into the hands of Germany`s Kaiser Wilhelm he promptly put a price on Barney`s head, dead or alive. But the `barbarian` the Kaiser believed typical of Australian troops on the Western Front, spent the rest of his days in Mount Druitt and died in Concord Repatriation Hospital in 1958, age 84. John Hines Road in Minchinbury recalls the lovable larrikin. (Australian War Memorial).

Bottom Plaque: 
 2.1.1958 Age 84.

Source: MA,NRWM
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