Bluegum [short story, 8 March 1918]

[Editor: A short story published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 3, 8 March 1918.] Bluegum. When a man has led the free and easy life of the bush for twenty or thirty years, it is not an easy matter for him to acquire the “outward and visible signs of sound military discipline.” Some […]

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, […]

A Retrospective Spasm [poem, 8 March 1918]

[Editor: A poem published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 3, 8 March 1918.] A Retrospective Spasm. One of the Battery “spooks” has been on leave to Paris, where he spent most of his time sunning himself in the smiles of the girls at the Army and Navy Leave Club. His dopiness for days […]

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 […]