The shipboard Between 1914 and 1919, every troopship leaving Australia or retuning to it produced a shipboard newspaper -- the first recorded was ‘The Latrine leader and W.C. Chronicle’, produced on the ‘Kanowna’ bound for Raboul in August 1914. The custom was continued in base camps, at Gallipoli, and in the trenches in France, and the result was a large body of literature, ranging from handwritten sheets compiled under fire and posted in dugouts to journals and souvenir magazines professionally printed behind the lines.
As a record of Australian service life during the Great War, this material has a richness of detail, and immediacy and spontaneity that cannot be found in any official history. Sometimes deeply moving, usually humorous, it offers insights into the experience of ordinary soldiers in extraordinary settings and at the same time illuminates contemporary Australia society.
The narrative of each section provides the historical and social context, and is accompanied by historical photographs and facsimiles of these fragile artifacts of the past.
Preface 1. Outward Bound on the 'Great Adventure' 2. 'A Life on the Ocean Waves' 3. Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine 4. 'We're off to the Sand and the Sin Tra-La' 5. The Western Front 6. 'We're Here Because We're Here' 7. Going Home 8. 'There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding' Appendices