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As specialists on the battles fought by the ANZAC troops on the Western Front in France and Belgium during the Great War (WWI), we have had the privilege of acting as specialist tour guides to many families and friends of the veterans, the diggers who fought on these battlefields. We very much appreciate the invaluable feedback and testimonials that our clients have so kindly provided. As much testimonials as possible are entered into our guestbook and as you can see below, they are listed in reverse chronological order. We hope you enjoy reading the feedback and experiences of  our True Blue Digger Tours clients.

Our publicity is very much based on such feedback and the valued appreciation of our tours & service by our clients. Therefore, if you are a past client and would like to participate in recording your battlefield touring experience with us, simply use our contact page to email us your testimonial and please feel free to include photographs for our website.

We very much appreciate receiving your testimonials.

Craig & Mel Douglas, Melbourne VIC (13th of August 2019) ” Thankyou Barbara! Your historical knowledge is amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire day. We have learned so much – your passion and wealth of knowledge completely blow us away. A trip we will long remember. Thank you so much, very moving.”
Raelyn Farmer, Perth, Western Australia (12th of August 2019) ” WOW – a day in Chantilly! What a fantastic way to end 4 days touring in France. The château of the Great Condé & its ‘Grandes Ecuries’ were very interesting to visit. What a delightful old French town!”
Carole Farmer, Perth, Western Australia (10th of August 2019) ” Great to see the battlefields with someone so passionate. I have learned so much more – a very emotional first two days filled with relevant information in a passionate manner. The final places visited: the AUSTRALIAN CORPS MEMORIAL PARK and POZIERES were most moving. A great finale to two days spent on the Western Front. Thank you so much.”
William & Helen Lovegrove, Tumby Bay, South Australia (31st of July 2019) ” Our day went so quickly! It was a perfect balance of information, seeing great things & enjoying the scenery. The facts I learnt were amazing! Thank you for your passion & knowledge. Regards.”
Lesley & Kelvin Dunne, Silverdale NSW (30th of July 2019) “Thank you Barbara, it was a wonderful ‘jour’ with insightful information and a passion for our War Vets. My appreciation for your knowledge. We have had a wonderful day. Will definitely recommend TRUE BLUE DIGGER TOURS. Many thanks.”
Ross Jones & Yvette Dempsey, Brisbane QLD (19th of June 2019) “Dear Barbara, thank you for helping us ‘connect the dots’ between our family & this part of the world and making a significant part of history come to life for us in a very personal way. Our family heritage is both Australian and Irish – you’ve helped remind us of all the reasons why we are so proud. Ross’s grandfather – Major James Robinson – helped capture the MEPHISTO tank with his men. It is now in Brisbane. We will remember you & Villers-Bretonneux when we get back there.”
Margaret & Ian Hastie, Newcastle NSW (20th of May 2019) ” So very pleased I found you on internet. You were the only one who answered me. And you were very efficient. We so loved our day with you. Better even than expected. Thank you for risking your life in driving us down ‘Lady’s Wood’!”
Scott & Helen Murchie, Brisbane QLD (10th of May 2019) ” Thank you Barbara for a lovely day. We were blown away by seeing the actual places where all these events took place. You are so passionate & interesting. We will remember this day forever.”
Pam & Chris Selman, Geelong VIC (29th of April 2019) ” Wonderful opportunity for us to spend time with Barbara who shared her amazing WW1 knowledge with us. We are very grateful for the effort she made to help us honour our Great-great Uncles: Worland (killed Pozières 1916) and Whitney (killed Mt. St. Quentin 1918). Warm regards.”
Suellen & Robert Young, Orange NSW (21st of April 2019) ” Barbara, thank you so much for a wonderful, passionate, knowledgeable experience. For Australians there could be no better guide. “
Frances & Steve Cullen, Port Macquarie NSW (1st of April 2019) ” Worth every Euro. A very comprhensive tour of the major battlefield sites of WW1. Barbara’s passion for history and her depth of knowledge is evident. So informative, with a great deal of lesser known facts about different battles. Thank you for a wonderful day. This is sompething I wish every Australian had the chance to experience.”
Jo, Roger, Vicki & Chris from South Australia (27th of March 2019) ” What a wonderful day we have had touring the beautiful countryside with you, Barbara. Your knowledge and passion for history – particularly of the Australians – is inspiring & joyous. Thank you so much!”
Lynne & Edwin, Oundalup  Western Australia (30th of January 2019) ” A very enjoyable day. The level of knowledge was amazing and the ability to giving us access on what was obviously a difficult day (snow) was impressive. Barbara, we wish you continuing success and will be recommending you to any of our friends who are looking to visit the region. All the best!”
Max & Jane Lamb, Montrose VIC ((16th of July 2016) ” We were amazed by your passion and knowledge. Starting with the visit to Notre Dame. You brought the past to life there and on the battlefields. We will remember this day forever and you have given us so much information. You’ve sparked the ‘detective’ ins us too! Merci beaucoup!”
The Leggett family, Woy Woy NSW (12th of July 2016) ”  Thank you Barbara for a wonderful & informative day! Your vast knowledge has shown us what it truly means to be Australian. It has highlighted the Australian spirit which has been talked about for generations. Even prouder to be Australian. Cheers!”
Warwick & Jacki Fletcher, “Cairnie” Walcha NSW ( 4th of July 2016) ” Very powerful – didn’t realize it was such a large area & so many battles. I think all Australians should visit. Thank you so much for your source of information & intelligent summaires. 2 very big & emotional days. Thanks.”
Terri & Rob Cox, Toowoomba Queensland (June 29th 2016) “Thank you Barbara for your passion for your subject, your knowledge and your generosity of spirit to the diggers & your customers. Best wishes.”
John & Grace, Bellerive, Tasmania (June 26th 2016) “Thank you Barbara. A really informative  commentary and your knowledge of those historial events is truly amazing. Thanks for your hospitality.”
Tony & Jude Briscoe, Canberra ACT ( May 12th 2016) ” Thank you Barbara for making our prilgrimage to honour our family member at the battlefield of Fromelles so special. Thank you too for making the day so special, by way of your vast knowledge and for being so personable.”
Graham & Ann Morrison, Sydney NSW (April 23rd 2016) “Barbara – what a great day! You are the perfect hostess – full of interesting facts & stories – from the Middle Ages through to today. Today’s tour was perfect – 4 cemeteries where my four Great Uncles are buried – many other stops as well. A long day for you – much appreciated by us. We are looking forward to the ANZAC DAY tour. A perfect day for us by a perfect hostess/guide. We hold many memories of the day. Many thanks.”
Dave & Sandy – Robert & Nettie from Australia (April 2nd of 2016) “Your immense knowledge  is impressive. The tour was comprehensive & well-paced. We thank you very much for your willingness to share it with us.”
Margaret, Des, Brendan & Gail Watts, Ballarat VIC (September 28th 2015) ” Thank you Barbara for helping us understand the value of the Australians on the Western Front. This was a trip we will not soon forget. You have such a memory for history and Australians are very lucky to have you telling them about the First World War. Your tour was well researched and presented. An honest history:   thank you.”
Joy & Tony – Sue & John from Brisbane, QLD (August 21st 2015) “Barbara, you have brought history to life with your passion & respect for the fallen soldiers. Thank you fore ensuring that we found our personal piece of history amongst it all. The day has been truly magnifique. Merci beaucoup.”
Tania Dalton, Warnambool VIC (August 8th 2015) ” We had a great tour experience. Barbara’s knowledge about the battles & the personal accounts brought the history of our diggers and their immense sacrifice alive. My grandfather Walter Dalton & his brother William returned home, but so many did not!
Was great to walk in their footsteps & pay our respects. LEST WE FORGET. Thank you Barbara. Will be highly recommending the tour to family & friends.”
Rhonda James & John Sheil, Canberra ACT (July 27th 2015)  Saturday: to Bailleul – to begin our Flanders tour & find John’s Uncle was fantastic – and again, your passion & extensive kowledge was awesome. We will  have no problem promoting TRUE BLUE DIGGER TOURS & specially the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The work they do is outstanding & we the descendants of the Anzacs should all promote the CWGC. You have made both our tour days an absolute pleasure. Thank you very much.”
Ken & Vale Winfield & Mandie Dixon, Horsham, VIC (July 22nd 2015) ” Fantastic tour Barbara. Thank you so much for your incredible knowledge & passion – we have learned so much, particularly about the Australians in battle. We thoroughly enjoyed our day.”
Mich Bartels, Tasmania (July 11th 2015) ” Great Day Barbara! Super informative & often very funny. Loved the tour. Thanks so much.”
Rae & John Ritchie, Perth WA (June 8th 2015) “Thank you Barbara for a fantastic day! We have learnt so much about this terrible time in history. Your passion for Australian military history made it so interesting for us. We would recommend this tour to any Aussie. Thank you again.”
Brian & Linda Wilson Sydney, Australia (May 15th 2015) “We are grateful for the great day we have had with you Barbara. Your commentary has been inspiring & it makes us realize what our diggers went through for freedom. Best regards.”
Deb & John MacDonald, Perth WA (5th of May 2015) ” A wonderful informative tour – very interesting and some great insight into Australian war sites. Personalised too – which is helpful. Lunch was a delicious, delightful option. Thank you Barbara for your enthousiasm which is infectious. Would recommend you highly to other Aussies & New Zealanders .”
Marta & Graeme Cook, Melbourne VIC (30th of April 2015) “Barbara, thankyou so much for such a a passionate tour. Your love for the journey of our soldiers is a joy to behold. Thankyou for allowing me time to spend at Pozières cemetery. Will recommend your tour highly.”
Rita & Roz, Terranova NSW (20th of April 2015) “Dear Barbara, two fantastic & informative days! Every minute was filled with very personal & sensitive information, yet thoroughly enjoyable and simultaneously exceptionally humbling. We could not have asked for anything better than this. Thank you Barbara for this amazing journey that will always hold a special place in our hearts.”
Rosemary Spencer NSW (16th of April 2015) “Thankyou. It is not very often that you meet someone so passionate. You are a wealth of information. Thankyou for sharing with us. Do no stop doing what you do. We are so much richer for having meet you.”
Peter and Susan Turnbull Melbourne VIC (25th of March 2015) “Barbara is a wonderful guide who took us on a tailor made tour of the Somme to suit our needs incorporating my grandfather who survived and my great uncle who was killed in action. She is passionate about her work and we would highly recommend her company”
Brett & Anna, Sydney NSW (5th of March 2015) “Very interesting & educational tour. Humble and an experience we will never forget. “Lest We Forget”
Colin & Jenny Oxenham Australia (27th of January 2015) “Very impressive tour. Very educational & informative”
David and Leanne Appleby TAS (25th of November 2014) “Hi Barbara, We are back home now in Tasmania. We just wanted to thank you for your very helpful and informative tour that you provided for us. We are very grateful for your personal input into locating the information to identify the area my grandfather served while in France and possibly lost his life. This was very moving for me and for my family on my return home. Your extensive knowledge of the events of the Great War was extraordinary and made our tour one of the best part of our trip. Thanks again”
Peter & Kerry Price Australia (8th of November 2014) “Dear Barbara, I would like to thank you for our recent Somme battlefield tour. I cannot speak too highly of how impressed Kerry, Wendy and I were with the tour. Your knowledge of, and passion for, our forefathers involvement in The Great War was an emotional experience that none of us expected. You have certainly increased my understanding of the Australian involvement in WW1. I would unreservedly recommend this tour to any Australian looking to understand our countries’ involvement. Thanks again”
John Belton NZ (28th of October 2014) “Thank you Barbara for an interesting and most enjoyable afternoon”
Roz Gray Australia (21st of October 2014) “Thank you for a wonderful day. Your knowledge & enthusiasm added very much to the whole experience. Thank you also for the personal touches of allowing us to connect with family members”
Jane & Rod Gillianatest Sydney NSW (21st of October 2014) “Barbara thanks for your help finding my great uncle’s last known position near “Cléry” – what a great day”
Kathy Lavender Sydney NSW (19th of October 2014) “Many thanks for a wonderful day. You have reignited my passion for Australian war history”
Sheena & Will Sorrell NSW (14/15th of October 2014) “Thank you so much Barbara for your wonderful two days of WW1 touring. Your passion & knowledge of the area and Aussie involvement in the fighting here is boundless a credit to you. We thank you also for the sighting of the baby mole & the red squirrel family. We are leaving with a much deeper understanding of that unfortunate time in history. P.S.: We hope you feel better soon… you were a little soldier yourself…pushing onward & upward, especially the long day of Flanders tour… That’s true dedication to the position of guide. Thanks!”
John & Deb Hallifax Australia (30th of September 2014) “Thanks so much Barbara for a very interesting tour. It meant so much to me and I’m sure to my sister to see our great uncle’s resting place – very moving day”
Jan SA (30th of September 2014) “Barbara thank you for our tour! Your knowledge of the battlefields Australians fought in was very informative. A special thank you for taking us to our great uncle’s gravesite. Jan”
Mark Wegley Canberra ACT (26th of September 2014) “Thank you so much for such an interesting factual tour. I really enjoyed your enthusiasm for the topic & your knowledge & research is excellent! “
Flavio Belci SA (22nd of September 2014) “Barbara – thank you for a well constructed tour, very informative – it broadened my knowledge of Australian memorials overseas. Very passionate about your subject.”
Sarah, Maria, Mel & Jules MEL/SYD/ & BRIZZY (18th of September 2014) “Thank you for a lovely, very moving day. It puts a lot into perspective, given these men were so young, yet so courageous. I love being Australian and it’s this kind of history that reminds us why. Aussie-Aussie-Aussie! “
Laurie & Vienna Winton, Colin & Leesa O’Brien Perth WA (13th of September 2014) “Barbara thank you for a wonderful day (and arranging the air show just for us!). We have all gained a new perspective on the A.I.F.’s contribution to the liberation of France and ultimately victory in WW1. It makes us proud to be Australian and enhances all our ANZAC DAYS to come with wonderful memories of this place”
Bunny & Brodie Hosgood WA (13th of September 2014) “Best tour I’ve been on. A great day, very informative. Old Anzacs would be proud of the way you have portrayed them”
Mark Cornell & Kim & Tom Cornell Australia (12th of September 2014) “Thank you Barbara. I love your passion for the Australians. It was so moving seeing my Great-Uncle Edward’s grave. The whole day was fantastic. You’ve rekindled my love for my countrymen. Love “
Kevin & Berrie Morrison Perth WA (10th of September 2014)) “Thank you Barbara for two very informative day tours of the Somme & Flanders battlefields & memorials. Your passion for what you do, your knowledge of the subject matter, and your obvious appreciation for the contribution of Australian troops in WW1 came across in all your commentaries. We appreciate what you do & will recommend your tours to other Australians. Kind regards”
Maree & Laurence Sydney NSW (8th of September 2014) “We had such a wonderful day, filled with so many emotions. You made our history lessons come to life. From beginning to end you made our time with you so very special. Please come to Sydney soon. Thank you”
Shane Kernich Melbourne VIC (5th of September 2014) “A thought provoking day. Thank you for the outstanding explanations of Australian battles and history. Enjoyed it thoroughly.”
Lisa Geraghty Australia (5th of September 2014) “Thank you so much for the wonderful history tour of the Somme! I learnt so much & have a wonderful pictorial memory of my day. Au revoir “
Owen & Chris Kahler Sydney NSW (3rd of September 2014) “We are both so very grateful for the wonderful day we have spent with you. Your insight and genuine love of the Australian & NZ sacrifice is a blessing to us.”
Tony Turner Australia (22nd of August 2014) “Wow! So impressed! Loved every minute of it! Thanks for sharing your knowledge! ”
Michael and Barbara Walsh Australia (22nd of August 2014) “Barbara, We would like to thank you very much for a great tour of the Western Front. Your knowledge of the Somme and the events of WW1 were amazing. You displayed a rare quality of emotion and inspiration as you described the events that changed the war, and the important part the Australians played under General Monash. You are a great tour guide and I recommend you to any of my fellow countrymen from downunder.”
Garry & Kerryn Monnie Australia (22nd of August 2014) “A significant tick off the bucket list. No tears, but very, very sad at what happened. So happy to have walked the ground. Fabulous learning experience by an honest, lovely Barbara. Thanks heaps “
Sue & Allan Australia (18th of August 2014) “We have had a fantastic day and are going home so much more knowledgeable about our history. Would recommend the tour to anyone. Thank you. “
Gary & Sharon King Australia (13th of August 2014) “Such a wonderful, moving and humbling experience to be had with Barbara on the Western Front Tour. Barbara – WOW! Just WOW – your passion and knowledge is admirable and outstanding to say the least. We are already proud to be Australian, but to hear your historic stories and the way you deleiver them just makes us feel prouder. Nothing can ever justify the events that happened at that time, but we must never forget and with you Barbara that will never happen! Do not go to France without doing this tour. “
John & Pam O’Grady SA (11th of August 2014) “Dear Barbara – thank you so much for taking Pam and I on what is a very important tour for Australians. As an Australian soldier of almost 40 years, I found the visit very moving. “Lest We Forget”. Kind regards”
Leanne Monro & Chris Barry VIC (10th of August 2014) “We did both the Somme & the Flanders tours with Barbara. Two extraordinary days. So much passion and knowledge, and so willing to share it and help us try to comprehend WW1. You can read all the books you want, but until you come and walk in the footsteps of our soldiers, you can’t begin to understand. Barbara brought it to life and helped us “feel” it. Best 2 days of our holidays. “
Ken & Helen Patterson Melbourne VIC (9th of August 2014) “Excellent knowledge – well researched and with a real passion for the Australian experience. It was great to get the feel for the lay of the land upon which they fought. Many thanks Barbara – for an excellent Somme tour.”
Brian & Allan Roe Australia (8th of August 2014) “(Anniversary of a special day in Australian military history). It is a gift that someone from a land far away has such a detailed & special understanding of what is so important for all Australians to learn & understand. Your words in just one day told us in detail about what happened to our forbearers and so many others.”
Chris & John Mitchell Australia (4th of August 2014) “This day commemorates the beginning of WW1 – a fitting day to tour the Somme with a lady very passionate about Australians who fought in France & so knowledgeable historically. ”
Peter Morrison Mt. Albert VIC (29th of July 2014) “Thank you Barbara for a most informative and wonderful tour of the Somme battlefields! The Wesley “Old Boy’s” who fought & died here will thank you.”
Helen, Dave, Sonia, Nathan & Alison Melbourne VIC (27th of July 2014) “Barbara thank you for a fabulous day out, very informative and enlightening. Our children learned a lot and were kept entertained throughout the day. All the best !”
Ruth & Stephen Simmons TAS (23rd of July 2014) “Thank you Barbara & a fabulous day. Your knowledge is outstanding. Very enjoyable day. You’re a wonderful guide.”
Paul & Roza Russel Perth WA (23rd of July 2014) “Thank you Barbara for a truly inspirational day. This is one of the best tours we’ve ever been on. We will recommend you to all our friends.”
Robbie Eather Wingham NSW (22nd of July 2014) “Barbara, your passion for the history of the Somme battle & your knowledge has given me a day I’ll never forget. Thank you.”
Claudine Geelong VIC (21st of July 2014) “Barbara, many thanks for a wonderful WW1 Battlefield tour. You provided fantastic & insightful information and made the day lots of fun. Your passion is brilliant, I had a ball! Regards Claudine. “
Elaine QLD (19th of July 2014) “Thank you Barbara for such a great day. Your knowledge of the war is astounding. I have wanted to visit my grandfathers memorial since I was a child and you have made today very special for me”.
Deborah Parry & Dennis Stevens Perth WA (15th of July 2014) “Thanks Barbara. Great local knowledge & passion. ”
Stuart & Jenny Craig Melbourne VIC (12th of July 2014) “Thank you Barbara – very educational & informative – we had some knowledge of the “Great War” but now know so much more! Glad we made the effort to come up from Paris for the day. No wonder so many things are named “Monash”.
Tim Felton Sydney NSW (9th of July 2014) “Just a superb day! So many moving experiences and superbly delivered by Barbara. A lifelong wish to visit has been met. What a highlight of my trip! Kind regards Tim Felton” .
Glenn, Kathy & Emily Ellis Melbourne VIC (9th of July 2014) “Dear Barbara, Thank you so much for such a fabulous day. Your knowledge and passion for this tour is amazing. We will go back to Australia with this being a highlight of our trip. Our lunch was delightful in a place we would never come across on our normal travels. The party we have shared this tour with were lovely and overall, apart from the cold and rainy weather – this was a most enjoyable way to spend one of our days in Paris. We will certainly recommend your tour to our family and friends. Merci! ”
Catherine & Robert Newton Australia (6th of July 2014) “Fantastic trip around the Australian war sites. Barb was a fantastic guide – very informative and obliging – we’ll be back again Thank you Barbara”.
Michael Monaghan Sydney NSW (1st & 2nd of July 2014) “The Somme & Flanders. An extensive trip into the highways and by-ways of that terrible war. Your depth of knowledge and thoughtful commentary i.e. the Australian participation made it especially relevant for us. Thank you also for the generosity with your time in ensuring that we managed to get to battlefields and cemeteries relevant to members of my family”.
Glenice & Ted Lakelands WA (30th of June 2014) “We were delighted with your knowledge and passion. It was worth waiting for, we now travel with a much stronger feeling & knowledge of what our forefathers went through, so long ago. Our bond with France will live in our hearts thanks to you.”
James & Brett AUS & UK (24th of June 2014) “Thanks Barbara for a very unique & wide ranging Flanders tour. A true water sign ! Such a broad canvas was delivered today, nobody does a better! Our luck to pick you! Regards”.
Tom & Simone Newcastle NSW (20th of June 2014) “What a wonderful, interesting day! Your knowledge & respect – for not only the Australian soldiers, but also the British, French & Canadians is amazing! Your enthusiasm on this tour made the day. Thank you again”.
Lyn & David Sydney NSW (12th of June 2014) “Barbara loves Australians & hates slow truck drivers and large cars… On a day that could have been destroyed by a train strike, she made every effort to provide for our wishes & to visit a particular place. Knowledge A++. Passion A++. The best day of our holiday!”.
Erika & Lawrence Australia (12th of June 2014) “A wonderful day visiting WW1 battlefields and memorials. Very informative commentary on the various details of battle strategy and weaponry that put what the Aussies had to deal with and their deeds into context. Very glad we came”.
Helen & Neville Brisbane QLD (5th of June 2014) “Thank you for a fantastic day. We appreciate all wonderful information you imparted to us. A very emotional day. We loved all the stories, it made the day extra special. Thank you for remembering our Australian soldiers with the enthusiasm & passion you have. Helen & Neville “
Peter, Elizabeth & Helen Harford East Brighton VIC (28th of May 2014) “Thank you Barbara for another great tour. Your knowledge & understanding of the Aussie experience in WW1 around the Somme & Flanders is outstanding. We will have no hesitation in recommending you to others”.
Ken & Kathy McGuiness & Hugh O’Keefe Newcastle & Sydney NSW (24th of May 2014) “A great tour delivered with such passion. We are amazed & pleased to know that there will forever be a person such as yourself, staunchly defending the sacrifice & efforts of those Australians who never made it back. Lest We Forget”
Sharyn & Mark NT (21st of May 2014) “Thanks Barbara for a great day, it was so informative. Our knowledge of our Australian diggers has grown so much today. It will be a memorable day of our holiday.”
Helen & Alan Thacker WA (21st of May 2014) “Your passion and knowledge of WW1 shines through. Thank you for the whole day. So much we didn’t know about the war. So much my Grandfather didn’t tell us. Terrific day”.
Deborah Sydney NSW (20th of May 2014) “Thank you Barbara Today was a very special day for us. Now we understand our history and our place in France. Your commentary brought the stories of the fields of Amiens to life”
Leisl Moyes Sydney NSW (20th of May 2014) “Thank you Barbara for sharing your passion with us. It was a special day. Makes me proud to be an Aussie!”
Olive Bagley Yowie Bay NSW (20th of May 2014) “Thank you Barbara For a wonderful day & sharing your knowledge and special insights of WW1. I feel our family has said a a special good-bye to my Uncle George Maltby of 17th battalion, who was shot at Bullecourt on 3rd May 1917 He was my Grandmother’s second son to lose his life in WW1. Many blessings to you”.
Graeme Bagley Sydney NSW (20th of May 2014) “Thank you Barbara for your wonderful tour of the cathedral, as well as the War Memorial. Your knowledge was enlightening. Your enthusiasm was contagious and we share your desire to see & understand what God has done for us, that we may know His Peace. Love & Blessings to you & your family. Come & visit us when you come to Sydney.”
Paul Gray Ivanhoe VIC (19th of May 2014) “Barbara I loved your passion to delve into History & uncover the truth & the real heroes. Your knowledge on the battles & battlefields of the first World War is amazing and your delivery of that knowledge was a delight to behold. What a great tour & a great day! … Oh and lunch was also great!”
Athol & Diana Lewis QLD (14th of May 2014) “Thank you for a great itinerary. It was so informative and made us realize how much we have to live up to Lunch was a highlight, as was the cathedral. Your knowledge is awesome Thank you so much”
Sean & Nicole Doyle Australia (14th of May 2014) “So passionate, brings the spirit alive. Wonderful tour, very informative, with so much detail Thank you Barbara for showing us a new light on Australia during WW1” Regards,
Helen McPherson & Julian Meagher Ivanhoe VIC (13th of May 2014) “Barbara, We were both awed and humbled by your extensive knowledge and passion for Australia and the conditions in 14-18 . Thank you so much for sharing this with us.”
Margaret Shea Australia (10th of May 2014) “Dear Barbara, Thank you for your passion & for sharing your incredible knowledge of the battlefields – and for the way in which you have embraced our Australian men. You have sparked something in me which I did not know was. It has been an amazing day With much love to you & to yours”
Adrian McClelland & Dianne Nancanas Australia (9th of May 2014) ”What an informative and very personalized day out. Great lunch and Barbara was amazing with extensive knowledge of the area & history of the Western Front. Thanks Barbara for an excellent day.” Regards Adrian McClelland & Dianne Nancanas
Ken & Rosemary Rees VIC (30th of April 2014) “Thank you Barbara for a wonderful day, educating & showing us around the battlefields & museums of the Western Front. We appreciated it from the Australian point of view. It was a wedding anniversary we won’t forget!”
Fiona Hammond London England (Anzac Day 2014) “Just a short email to thank you very much for an outstanding two days of tours. Your commentary, the itinerary, and the food! were exceptional in every way. I particularly enjoyed the small group size – and of course your company! Thank you once again for taking me to see the grave of my Great-Great Uncle – it meant a lot to me and my family. I wish you all the very best for the centenary commemorations, and I hope to stay in touch! (Also looking forward to reading the SMH article – you are famous now!) All the very best Fiona Hammond”
Sue Olsen Port Lincoln SA (Anzac Day 2014) “A passionate tour guide – loved the journey Thank you!”
Ali Banks Perth WA (Anzac Day 2014) “Many thanks to you Barbara for a very enjoyable & informative Anzac Day 2014!! Much appreciated!” Regards.
Pat Forest SA (Anzac Day 2014) “Appreciated your very knowledgeable & obvious passion for Australian History, especially war time. I have learnt a lot! Thank you Barbara”
Alan & Anne Cox Sydney NSW (24th of April 2014) “Thanks for a wonderful two days in Flanders & the Somme. Your detailed knowledge of the Australian troops and their actions & battles was only bettered by the passion & enthusiasm with which you imparted your knowledge to us You brought alive for us the hardships & suffering of the Australians together with their brilliant victories in the face of adversity. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to visitors to the Western Front.” Regards,
Dean, Sam, Joel & Marita McLeod Essendon VIC (24th of April 2014) “Thanks for the great day touring the Somme and in particular showing us the “Big Caterpillar” where my grandfather from the 22nd battalion fought and his mate William Ruthven won the Victoria Cross. You were very insightful and gave great descriptions with passion. It was inspiring. I was glad my boys got to hear some family history” “Thank you Barbara for a fascinating day. We have enjoyed your commentary. Your knowledge is amazing Thank you for teaching us “Australian History” Kind Regards, Marita McLeod.
Heather & Keith Pidgeon Rockhampton QLD (19th of April 2014) “Barbara, Thank you for a wonderful day. You have brought the Great War to life for us. Your passion for your job shows through with your knowledge & enthusiastic approach. We are proud to be Australian & feel very privileged to be able to visit these battlefields & hear the real stories of the heroes who fought with other nations for our freedom. We wish you every success & visit us in Australia when you come” Kind regards
Andrea & John Playford Yeppoon QLD (9th of April 2014) “Barbara, we have had a wonderful experience touring the battlefields with you. Your passion and enthusiasm brings to life a terrible time in history, but makes us very proud of our Australian soldiers who fought so bravely. It is great to see they are so well looked after & honoured so far from their homeland. Our sincere thanks”
Jan & Jim Trower Adelaide SA (8th of April 2014) “Barbara. A wonderful tour over the 2 days. Your extensive knowledge & passionate telling really helped us picture the terrible battles & loss of young lives. As Australians we will always remember this trip. Many thanks”
Lorna Davies-Colgate Gawler SA (8th of April 2014) “Barbara. Thank you so much for a wonderful and very informative two days. I love your passion, as you can really take us back in time. You are also very welcoming and make us feel at home. Thank you again”
Elaine & Wayne Saunders Gawler SA (8th of April 2014) “Thank you so much for your patience and kindness and for all the information that you gave us. It has been such an eye opener”. Kindest regards
Neil Kirkwood Melbourne VIC (3rd of April 2014) “Barbara, thank you for a wonderful 2 days. Your charm, good humour and particularly your knowledge of Australia’s involvement in WW1 have made for a truly marvelous 2 day tour”. With best Wishes
Alison McLaren WA (2nd of April 2014) “Barbara. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge & passion for the Australian campaigns. You helped bring everything to life. I will miss your enthusiasm, but will remember you whenever I read about WW1”. Kind regards
Robert & Judy Brooke Bungadore NSW (1st of April 2014) Barbara, many, many thanks for your expertise in the war history. You know so much. You cared for us very well indeed. We will tell others. Michael was so very pleased to find his Uncle”.
Michael & June Ryan Bateman’s Bay NSW (1st of April 2014) “Thank you Barbara, what a wonderful experience. I did not realize how much input Australia had in France. It was a great experience and thank you for finding my Uncle’s gravesite in Bernafray Wood cemetery. Many thanks”
Glen & Ian Mulhall Sunshine Coast QLD (29th of March 2014) “Thanks Barbara for a wonderful day. My Dad & I have learnt so much about Australia’s greatest war triumphs here on the Western Front. It is a great privilege to learn the background of the A.I.F. after having served in a battalion for several years. Very informative & passionate insights and so enthusiastic about Australians from a French perspective”
Rosemary Boissezon Melbourne VIC (13th of March 2014) “Thank you Barbara, your tour gave me a much better understanding of the landscape & conditions that my Grandfathers endured. Your knowledge is exceptional. Thank you”
Steve, Megan, Natasha & Cameron Robb WA (10th of March 2014 “Thank you for a fantastic and enjoyable day. Very informative with your knowledge”
Mark & Deb McMahon QLD (7th of March 2014) “Barbara, Thank you so much for the tour today. It surpassed our expectations. Your knowledge, passion and commitment to sharing the Australian History on the Western front is trully inspirational. Many thanks” Deb and Mark P.s. I would propose marriage to you over the chocolate tart!
Frank & Kelli Michael (5th of February 2014) “Thank you Barbara for an amazing tour! We are in awe of your intimate knowledge of the battlefields and you are so passionate about the “Aussie” involvement of the liberation of France. Best wishes for a successful career in your industry”
Thérèse & John Adam Melbourne VIC (15th of January 2014) “Barbara, you are so passionate about your field of knowledge and have shared so much with us today. May the spirit of Sir John Monash and the ANZACS live on forever in the Somme. We feel so lucky to have been recommended to you. Thank you sincerely”
Debbie & Carmel Hanrahan– Charlotte, Lawrence, Brontë & Andrew Lawrence (14th of January 2014) “Dear Barbara, I don’t think we can thank you enough for allowing us to discover the memorial for my great grandfather Leslie Andrews. It has been a day that our family will always remember and I can take back so much to Leslie’s other grandchildren and great grandchildren. To us this history is our family story. You have helped fill in an unwritten chapter”
Rob & Todd McMaster Ballarat VIC (6th of January 2014) “Thanks Barbara for a wonderful day and helping us find our 2 relations, Clifford & Joseph. Your great knowledge of the Australian Forces was a big insight into what they all went through. Cheers”
Kellie Harmon (4th of January 2014) “Thanks Barbara, what an amazing day! I’ll never forget what I experienced today. Thanks also for allowing me to visit my relative’s grave: Private N.B. Harmon, 4533. All the best”
Ben Roberts & Romy Collier Canberra ACT (27th & 28th of December 2013) “Dear Barbara, the past two days on the Somme & in Flanders have been a sobering, overwhelming experience, but one which has been enjoyable and very educational. Your knowledge & passion for ‘Our Boys’ and their roles in the battles they fought is highly commendable and a real credit to you. Thank you for everything, but importantly, thank you for bringing it alive, making it real without sensationalism and for educating us. Your tour is not a tour – it is a history lesson! Thank you again & again!! Cheers. P.S. Thank you too for getting us to Polygon Wood, to bring me close to my GG Grandfather and his eventual demise.”
Wayne, Michelle & Nat McKay Brisbane QLD (27th of December 2013) “Dear Barbara, An amazing day. Your passion, your knowledge and your enthusiasm is extraordinary. We learnt more in one day than we ever thought was possible. To us you are an honorary Australian.”
Lucy Sharman Sydney NSW (23rd of December 2013) “Dear Barbara, thank you so much for an unforgettable day. Your knowledge is so extensive and your passion for history is inspiring. You’ve taught us a lot about what our country achieved in the war and made me appreciate their actions so much more. I’ll be doing much more research when I get home about the events and people you’ve spoken about! Thanks again Love The Sharman Family.”
Peter & Karyn Sobels Melbourne VIC (21st of December 2013) “Barbara – Thank you so much for a memorable day. Amazing knowledge and passion! A wonderful memory. Thank you!”
Shane Radley WA (15th of December 2013) “Fantastic day. Very enjoyable. Your (Barbara) knowledge & passion of the Diggers is remarkable. Have wanted to see the battlefields for a long time. Thanks mate!”
Kathryn Brown QLD (12th of December 2013) “Absolutely incredible experience. So many great stories & so amazingly knowledgeable. Thank you so much.”
Brenton & Karen Schaumloffel Adelaide SA (26th of November 2013) “Barbara, please add to your guest book that we found the tour very informative and it really made the sacrifices made by the Australian troops clear to us. We would thoroughly recommend the tour to anyone who has an interest in Australia’s commitment to France in World War 1”
Jane & Tyson Doneley Brisbane QLD (29th of October 2013) “Thank you Barbara for your enthusiastic, informative & interesting ‘documentary’ of WW1 history. We have also loved your ‘stories’. You have made this history come alive for us – Tyson Doneley. We have had 2 memorable days with you – thank you very much – Jane Doneley.”
Sean & Deb Barrett Donnybrook WA (28th of October 2013) “What a wonderful day! Thank you Barbara for such an informative and interesting insight into history. We have enjoyed ourselves immensely and are more knowledgeable for the experience. Once again: thank you!”
Ian & Maureen Potts Melbourne VIC (19th of October 2013) “Fromelles, Passchendale, Ypres – these are all places we had learnt about in school, history books and on ANZAC Day. Your tour and your knowledge of these and other battlefields where Australians fought has brought these names to life. The day spent with you has given us so much more understanding of both the courage of the Aussies, New Zealanders, Canadians & Brits and of the futility of the war on the Western Front.” Thank you very much for today – Ian Potts. P.S. Anzac Day services always made me cry. Now I know why. – Maureen Potts.
Clare, Tom, Fiona & Kieran Craven Sydney NSW (18th of October 2013) “Barbara, Thanks so much for a wonderful tour of the Somme battlefields. Your wealth of knowledge is impressive and your passion for Australia and our soldiers very evident. We will take away lots of memories from today”
Janet & Paul McCotter Canberra ACT (15th of October 2013) “Our special thanks for a day that has brought my grandfather’s WW1 years into reality. His Fromelles letters now mean so much more to me.” Thank you so much
Nick Dray Sydney NSW (12th of October 2013) “Barbara – my thanks & appreciation for sharing your knowledge, enthusiasm & passion. It was a fascinating tour made more real by the human stories and anecdotes. Despite the sobering subject matter, it was a wonderful day.”
Richard Cameron Brisbane QLD (12th of October 2013)
“This was a powerful day, packed with information about the gruelling experiences that our forebearers endured.”
Terry & Jennifer Crowe Albany WA (8th of October 2013)
“Hi Barbara,
Our tour with you finished late and I didn’t convey our thanks into your book..
We had such a great two days with you and have really reflected on so much of what you explained.
More than that, travelling with you was like travelling with a friend whom we had known for a long time.
A weekend we will always remember!
We are now home after a great two weeks in France.
Best wishes from Terry & Jennifer Crowe.”
Chris & Georgina Mayne Canberra ACT (8th of October 2013)
“What an amazingly peaceful and moving experience.
Many thanks Barbara for your enthusiasm and knowledge.
It has been an unforgettable day.” 
Jenny Jaensch & Brian Hamilton AU (7th of October 2013)
“Thank you Barbara, for sharing your knowledge and passion.
You are a great champion of the Australian soldiers and their spirit.
May their spirit live on!”
Pat & John Walsh Wollongong NSW (5th of October 2013)
“Thank you Barbara. We have appreciated every minute of our two days.
We have realized how many Australians gave their lives. We are proud of these men & proud to be Australian.”
Rosemary & Garth Horton NSW (4th of October 2013)
“Have always been interested in the history of the Somme & are so glad we got to do this trip today – such a great teacher/host to take us on our travels with another Australian couple.
Thank you for all your information & friendly banter.”
Walter Rowe Kalgoorlie WA (2nd of October 2013)
“Barbara, thank you for a wonderful 2 days touring the battlefields of France and Belgium.
It is a story that needs to be told.”
Craig & Kerryn Turner Perth WA (2nd of October 2013)
“Thank you Barbara for a very emotional and informative 2 days of the Somme and Flanders.
There is so much fateful and nation building history in theses remote parts.
More should be taught in our schools, rather than just about Gallipoli.”
 Clare Davidson Port Hedland WA (1st of October 2013)
“Thank you Barbara for a really informative, insightful day tour.
It was very valuable for me to see these places, so that I can pass this knowledge on to my students in Port Hedland, Western Australia.
Stories, images that once seemed very distant have now been brought to life for me.”
1sh & Sue Jones QLD (29th of September 2013)
“Today we saw the places we had heard about from school & from our parents parents.
But today we tried to walk in their footsteps. We come away feeling great respect for the war that they lived & died in. It was one that no one should experience.
We will never forget them.”
Tony Earle & Anne Henderson AU (28th of September 2013)
“Barbara, your tour has recreated events in history with an emphasis on the humanity and spirit of events making this an enthralling experience”
Denice Campbell Adelaide  SA (26th of September 2013)
“Thank you for a wonderful day. Your passion and enthusiasm for your subject made the day truly memorable.
We had a tour the day before and that guide had nothing on you!! and we will be recommending you to anyone that wants to know.
We wish you all the best and hope your business continues to grow and do well. Ian was sorry he did not get to say goodbye but please know he meant to.
All the best and thank you again.
Denice Campbell
If you ever are coming to Australia, or if you need any help or Australian contact from our end, please let me know and I can see if I can help. You never know!
You would certainly be welcome at our home”
 Nance Quick Melbourne VIC  (23rd of September 2013)
“Barbara, thanks for a thoroughly entertaining, informative day.
I have a new relationship with France – and don’t tell anybody about the restaurant!
Regards, Nance Quick”
Rod, Chris & Dianne Newberry,  Brisbane QLD (23rd of September 2013)
“Many thanks for an interesting day on the Somme. Your knowledge of our history is incredible.
We will certainly recommend you to our friends.
Kind “Aussie” Regards”
Rod, Chris & Dianne Newberry
Adam & Carol Sydney NSW (23rd of September 2013)
“Thanks Barbara for sharing your detailed knowledge of the Australian battles around the Somme.
A very enjoyable and surreal experience.”
Adam & Carol
Frank Tanner Crawley WA (23rd of September 2013)
“A very interesting 2 days learning about the Australians in Flanders & the Somme.
Thank you for an informative and rewxarding tour.”
Angela Collins. AU (21st of September 2013)
“You have a wealth of knowledge about the Western Front and brought aspects of the conflicts alive.
Thank you for a wonderful day”
Elizabeth Collins Mackay QLD (21st of September 2013)
“You are passionate about what you do and I am happy to have had the opportunity to “walk” the battlefields with you.”
Leonie Degenhardt  Sydney NSW (21st of September 2013)
“An interesting & sobering day. Thank you for having your extensive expertise with us, Barbara.”
 Danielle & Christine Melbourne VIC (20th of September 2013)
“We had a fantastic day! Couldn’t believe how much Barbara was able to fit in.
You are such a knowledgable person, and well read!
Thanks very much!”.
Danielle & Christine
Veronica & Andrew Moran Battery Hill QLD (19th of September 2013)
“A fabulous day. Learnt so much and have much to think about.”
Veronica & Andrew Moran
Adrian Spurr & Bow Wembridge AU (17th of September 2013)
“Thank you for a great tour, even thou it rained for half the tour, you still gave a lot of information on all the sites.
Thanks again.”
Adrian Spurr & Bow Wembridge
Alan Leary Camberwell VIC (12th of September 2013)
“Dear Barbara,
It seems a long while ago that we were in Amiens.
The tour with you was certainly a highlight of our visit.
Your tour is well recommended to my friends.”
Alan Leary
Katrina Price Perth WA (10th of September 2013)
Thanks so much for today. I have learnt a lot from you and I have never been more proud of where I come from.”
Ray & Marg Watson Sawtell NSW (7th of September 2013)
“Dear Barbara,
Thank you so much for a wonderful and inspiring day. Your knowledge of the battlefields is fantastic andd your company was lovely too.
We have had a truly great day, we have thoroughly enjoyed every bit.”
Ray & Marg Watson
Geoff & Julie Shain Canberra ACT (5th of September 20130
We have had a very interesting and deeply moving Flanders day.
Thank you so much for the explanations you have provided. The tour has well and truly exceeded our expectations.
Thank you again.”
Geoff & Julie Shain
Ray, Doreen, Chelsea & Holly Brincat Glenelg North SA (3rd of September 2013)
“A wonderful day. Barbara was very informative, accommodating & passionate about her area of interest.
Well worth the day trip from Paris.
Thank you Barbara.”
Ray, Doreen, Chelsea & Holly Brincat
Damian Watson & Rebecca Stevens Canberra  ACT (2nd of September 2013)
“Thank you for an interesting & informative tour of Australian experiences in the Somme.
Your knowledge was fantastic and your passion infectious!
Thank you also for making the effort to stop at the Franvillers Communal cemetery, so we could see the site of a relatives resting place.
It truly meant a lot to us.”
Damian Watson & Rebecca Stevens
Peter Bibby Perth WA (28th of August 2013)
“Many thanks Barbara for such a wonderful day, packed full of insightful knowledge of the battlefields and of the A.I.F. contribution.
I’m proud to be an Aussie.
P.S.: Lunch was great too!”
Peter Bibby