The front page of the Advertiser, 5 August, 1914
Advertiser – June 1918
13 June 1918 p7
GERMAN COLONIES: PLEA FOR RETENTION.
LONDON, June 11. In view of the opening of the Imperial Conference in London the Royal Colonial Institute has passed a resolution urging, in the interests of the Empire and the native races, that none of the former German possessions overseas should be restored to Germany. (For Australia this means the Territory of New Guinea).
21 June 1918 p6
To-day is the occasion chosen for the solemn commemoration of those who, making the supreme sacrifice of citizenship, have given their lives for their country. A country that has produced this heroic type of voluntary defenders may feel legitimate, pride in their manifestation of a sublime patriotism, even though it must needs mourn over the tragic fate that has claimed for its safety so many bright and brave young lives. … But our soldiers who obeyed the call of duty at the cost or life itself were faithful unto death not alone to their native or adopted land. They fought and fell as warriors in the splendid army of the world’s highest civilisation…
We cannot but grieve that so many of the brave and high-minded sons of this Commonwealth thus called have fallen on the field of honour, yet may we be comforted in feeling that there was “‘nothing but well and fair, and what may be quiet as in a death so noble.” Nor are the bereaved denied the consolation of believing that their nearest and dearest did not die in vain. The violet to be worn to-day is the touching symbol of the respect and sorrow of a grateful country.
24 June 1918 p5
AMERICA’S RUSH TO THE FRONT: 900,000 SOLDIERS OVERSEAS
WASHINGTON, June 23. General March announces that 900,000 American troops have been shipped across the sea. The United States is five months ahead of its fixed programme. The present lull on the Western front means that the German divisions are reforming for another drive. “On all fronts the Central Powers are being held,” said General March…
24 June 1918 p6
Melbourne, June 23. The Australian casualties to date total 259,200. The details are:—Dead, 43,742; missing, 363; prisoner of war, 3,288; wounded, 134,367; sick, 72,227; and casualty unspecified, 213.
29 June 1918 p9
MILLBROOK FINISHED: READY TO TAKE IN WATER
The huge Millbrook reservoir is now finished and ready to store water for the metropolitan area. The impression one gets from a view of the wide-spreading basin engenders respect for the skill of the engineers but, compels, regret; that so beautiful a spot should be so torn and marred.
Three Times as Deep as the Outer Harbor. At the foot on the inner side a massive concrete tower, 105 ft. high, is even more conspicuous than the bank itself, for it I looks tall and lonely. It is the valve tower, with walls 5 ft 6 in. thick at the base, and containing a thousand yards of concrete. This great structure is keyed into an unfissured rock, which, by a stroke of good fortune, was discovered under the chosen site. It has an internal diameter of 12 ft, and is one of the principal works in this aggregation of big undertakings. The public will see but a few feet of its battlemented top above the water when I the reservoir is full. It is here the supply to the city will be regulated when, in time, the mains are laid. The depth of water at the tower will be 87 ft., about three times the depth of the water at the Outer Harbor.