[Proclaim it from the Steeple] [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 23 January 1921]

[Editor: A poem printed in “Dryblower” Murphy’s “Verse and Worse” column. Published in The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), 23 January 1921.] [Proclaim it from the steeple] In a recent court case over East a boarding-house keeper refused to pay a housemaid’s wages on the ground that she was the means of several good boarders leaving. […]

That Museum [8 March 1918]

[Editor: A humourous item published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 3, 8 March 1918.] That Museum. I had a dream the other night. I was walking through the Australian War Museum in the year 3018. The principal exhibit was an Aussie tunic, to which this notice was attached:— “AUSSIE JACKET. A relic of […]

Getting his own back [8 March 1918]

[Editor: A humourous tale published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 3, 8 March 1918.] Getting his own back. Two Aussies on leave from France were occupying a first-class non-smoking compartment of an English train, when an irascible old bloke blew in. The old kill-joy got nasty because one of the Aussies was smoking, […]

The Flea Farm [humour, 8 March 1918]

[Editor: A humourous story published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 3, 8 March 1918.] The Flea Farm. I’ve heard Aussies tell stories to the unsophisticated of many different kinds of farms we have “out there” — there’s the Jackeroo farm, the Nullanulla farm, the Wombat farm, etc., etc. But the boy with the […]

Some abbreviations explained [8 March 1918]

[Editor: A humourous look at some abbreviations used by Australian soldiers during World War One. Published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 3, 8 March 1918.] Some abbreviations explained. “M.B.,” French Interpreter on Corps H.Q., sends this:— Of course, all Australian soldiers know that they are A.I.F., that is, “Admired in France,” but a […]