Wattle Day [letter from Agnes L. Kettlewell, 31 August 1910]

[Editor: This letter from Agnes L. Kettlewell (nee Storrie) regarding Wattle Day and the Wattle Day League was published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 August 1910.] Wattle Day. As secretary and one of the original conveners of the Wattle Day League, it has been my duty to introduce, in many ways, the ideas of […]

Federation letters: Appeal by the Premier and the Treasurer [3 June 1898]

[Editor: A letter from Charles Cameron Kingston (the Premier of South Australia) and Frederick William Holder (the Treasurer of SA) regarding the proposed federation of the colonies of Australia. Published in The Advertiser, 3 June 1898.] Federation letters. Appeal by the Premier and the Treasurer. To the Editor. Sir — We earnestly ask electors to […]

Letter from Hell: Jim O’Hea on chats [6 November 1917]

[Editor: A letter from an Australian soldier, during the First World War. Published in The Forbes Advocate, 6 November 1917.] Letter from Hell Jim O’Hea on chats. Once again our friend Jim O’Hea writes us, this time from this address: Somewhere in Hell, But fine and well. Fritz complains that we won’t give him any […]

An unkind suggestion [letter to the editor, 17 February 1885]

[Editor: A tongue-in-cheek letter regarding Australia’s military contribution to Great Britain’s war in the Sudan. Published in The South Australian Advertiser, 17 February 1885.] An unkind suggestion. To the Editor. Sir — The burning patriotism of Australia is worthy of all praise, but let us be discreet. While we are paying for immigration why should […]

That promoted song [re. “Advance Australia Fair”, 8 December 1943]

[Editor: Some letters to a newspaper, both for and against the playing of “Advance Australia Fair” in movie theatres and on the radio. Published in The Argus (Melbourne), 8 December 1943.] That promoted song Sir: I have read with mixed feelings letters of criticism because “Advance, Australia Fair,” is played at news time, and is […]