Follow the story of Private Neville Carson and his experience in the Middle East during World War II.

Using his camera, which he was prohibited from having, Neville was able to depict and tell a story of his experience in the Australian army.

This enabled the 19-year-old private to focus on the adventure of his deployment rather than its harsher realities.

Barnes and Noble review
☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.
Historical And Humorous Life Story
Carson's Camera Goes to War is the type of book that is very rare. Reading this personalised account of a soldier's travels, seen through the lens of his camera, makes the reader part of the action. We can experience what Carson experienced and feel what he must have felt when faced with the enemy. Tuppack successfully uses humour, and the Aussie "she'll be right" vernacular to tell her father's story, while at the same time providing a detailed itinerary of Carson's travels across the globe. In a very short time, we are drawn into the action, meeting his fellow soldiers, and learning what it must have felt like to be a part of Australia's fighting force. Carson's Camera goes to War is a detailed insight into the personal life of an ordinary Australian soldier placed in an extraordinary environment, and how he rose to meet the challenges of war.
Review Contains Spoilers: No
• # Tags: Historically Accurate, Inspirational, High School, Quick Read, Couldn't Put It Down, Made Me Smarter

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About Neville Tasman Carson  imageAbout Neville Tasman Carson  image
Neville Tasman Carson was born in 1921 and lived in Sydney with his Father and Stepmother. He became an apprentice carpet layer with Anthony Horden and Sons Department Store Sydney prior to enlisting.  Carson's Camera goes to War tells his war story.  Following the World War II, Neville married Ilma Phillis. They lived in Ilma's family home at 1 Badgery Avenue, Homebush Sydney.

Neville started his Trucking business. The Carson's with their three children moved to Cronulla. Neville had truck depots at Granville, Mascot and St Peters. Neville was a Past President of the Long Distance Transport Association.

By 1974, Neville had sold up his Trucking Business and all of the family had moved to Sunshine Coast Queensland. Neville owned the Taxi Cabs in Caloundra and upon selling, them he bought a property in Sunshine Coast Hinterland, and undertook sand mining. Ilma and Neville semi retired on a small avocado farm at Woombye in the 1980's and then returned to Caloundra to fully retire in the 1990's.

There is a Tasmanian angle to his story. My father was born in 1921 in Sydney and was given the name of Neville Tasman Carson. Vey late in life he found out that he was illegitimate and his Tasmanian mother was 14 when Neville was born. I have connected with the extended family and in some ways solved a few mysteries and family myths.

Included on the this page is an article written by his eldest son on the death of Neville.

Below are small  titled stories that encapsulates Neville's character.

Bludger - In the 1930's, as employees of Anthony Hordern and Sons,  Neville and another carpet layer  were given the job of laying carpet at the Carrington Hotel Katoomaba NSW. A customer of Anthony Hordern and Sons approached them and asked Neville, if he would lay the carpet in his house when they finished their day. Neville and the other carpet layer said yes, thinking they could earn extra cash. To their dismay, at the completion of the job, the home owner said to put it on his Anthony Hordern and Sons account.

Married for  60 years - Neville and Ilma for their honeymoon went wheat carting at Wellington, New South Wales. They lived in a hut.  Neville looked up and saw Ilma running across paddock to him and yelling their is a snake in the bathroom. Neville's reply was how many snakes do you think you stepped over getting here. They have three children and two grand children.

Two licenses - Neville thought he was going to pulled over on a business trip. Mum and I were with him. Dad was going to present his second licence which had a fake Canberra address. Neville could not remember the address on his fake licence. But had a plan that he was going to tell  the  Copper he could not remember the address and there is no point asking them because that is not my wife and daughter.

About Diane  imageAbout Diane  image
I am  the daughter of Neville Carson who is the focal point of Carson’s Camera goes to War. I completed my Honours Degree in History and Environment at the University of the Sunshine Coast. This book started as a 5000-word paper, as part of my degree. The writing of this book  has been very rewarding and with a sense of accomplishment.  During my undergraduate degree I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, but it was never going to be a barrier and still isn't.

I moved to Beauty Point Tasmania from the Sunshine Coast Queensland in 2018 with my husband Rob. We have two adult children Luke and Jasmin both are living on the mainland.

Other written works include:
My Thesis- Brisbane Markets from 1859 to 1890 focus on how Brisbane developed a food market. This was a focal point of the Brisbane Markets History Room.

ABC Radio Sunshine Coast - Walking Tour of Palmwoods - highlighting that the man who shot down the Red Baron in World War 1 enlisted at Palmwoods.

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