The front page of the Advertiser, 5 August, 1914
Advertiser – July 1917
RAINMAKING: IMPORTANT TESTS
The recent experiments in connection with the installation of rain stimulating devices, which were invented by Mr. J. G Balsillie, formerly Commonwealth wireless expert, are said to have proved satisfactory (says the Melbourne “Age'”). In view of the results obtained at the original station at Bookaloo, 52 miles from Port Augusta, the Federal Government, who now own the station, have been experimenting in much more arid districts of South Australia.
… The process, which is a patented one, does not claim to produce rain clouds. It has its limitations, and can be worked to advantage only under favourable conditions. The effect of the electrical energy imparted to the rain clouds is one of attraction between the tiny particles of rain. As the particles come together they become heavier, and fall.
RECRUITS WANTED IN PROPORTION TO THE ELIGIBLE
Melbourne, July 1. It is roughly estimated by the Director of Recruiting “that to provide 7,000 recruits a month, as indicated by the Prime Minister, there will be required from Victoria 1,140, New South Wales 2,667, Queensland 1,010, South Australia 590, Western Australia 477, and Tasmania 286. It is proposed to base the demand from each State on the number of eligibles who have not yet enlisted. Mr. Mackinnon points out that Australia has managed to get about 5,000 men per month during the last half year, in spite of the half-hearted support accorded in some influential quarters. Whole-hearted support, he says, should make all the difference.
THE CONSCRIPTION REFERENDUM: AN ADMITTED MISTAKE
Sydney. July 5. In an address to-day the Minister for the Navy (Mr. Cook) said it was now quite clear that the conscription referendum was a mistake and it would have been greatly to the interests of Australia and the Empire, if under the circumstances it had not been taken. The Government hoped to carry on on the basis of 7,000 recruits a month for a considerable time to come.
WHAT WOMEN MUST DO: LADY BALFOUR
What women have been enabled to do during the war is but the earnest of the far wider duties into which they must enter when society is being reconstituted. They have by circumstances been forced into positions which they never thought would be opened to them, and in those positions they have acquitted themselves like men. All classes of society have observed their work and the spirit in which they have undertaken it, and very few have been found wanting. Women are not perfect; imperfections are shared by both sexes: the sluggards and slackers have not been found exclusively among male workers…
THE AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE IN EGYPT: GENERAL MURRAY’S PRAISE
A review of what the Australians in Egypt, especially the Light Horse, have been doing in protecting the Suez Canal and engaging the Turks in the Mesopotamian Campaign. General Sir Archibald Murray, British Commander-in-Chief in Egypt, in dispatches covering the period from October 1, 1916, to February 28 1917, mentions 129 Australians and 43 New Zealanders for valorous conduct.
THE KING’S TITLES: NO FOREIGN TAINT: A NEW FAMILY NAME
The Westminster Gazette states that the King has adopted the family name of Windsor.
The King’s decree creates a separate Royal house, instead of the most exalted branch of the house of Saxe Cobury and Gotha. It also makes the surname of the Royal family ‘Windsor’.
HEAVY FLOODS. MUCH DAMAGE DONE.
The heavy rains in the hills and the Adelaide Plains have resulted in a flood which is proclaimed by many to be a record. Those who passed the River Torrens on Thursday morning saw a mud-colored and swollen body of water coursing along, and carrying timber and debris on its bosom. The creeks that usually serve to drain the eastern suburbs overflowed, and occasioned much damage to adjoining property. The western suburbs suffered most, and owing to the height of the flood-waters railway and tramway communication with Henley Beach was stopped.
AUSTRLIA DAY ANNIVERSARY: FRIDAY NEXT< JULY 27
All money received goes o the SA Soldiers Fund for Soldiers, Sailors and Nurses
Programme for the Day:
Celebrations in the Streets
Australia Day Carnival at the exhibition
Novelty Sports at the Jubilee Exhibition Oval
Town Hall Fair
The Burning Candle: A calculating competition for patriotic people.