The front page of the Advertiser, 5 August, 1914
Advertiser – March 1916
Wed 1 Mar, p7
NOT ‘SPORT AS USUAL’
Since the war began practically every brand of sport has been affected. Some association and clubs have lost the majority of their member as the result of enlistments and for the reason it is impossible to carry out the usual programme. League football matches have been stopped until the end of the way, and cricket has lost a good deal of its interest. Horse-racing is carried on as usual…
Sat 4 Mar, p8
SUBTERRANEAN LIFE AT MITCHAM.
Marching and counter-marching, musketry and squad drill form but one phase of the training of a soldier. They are the primary educational subjects. The soldier of to-day must have a thorough knowledge of the rifle, and how to use it, of extended order drill, and route marching. He is taught how to fight at night, to find his way to distant objects in the darkness, to construct trenches, the reason for so doing, and the working and manning of them. Not the least important part of the work is the use of the bayonet-the weapon that was believed to be losing its usefulness with the improvement of firearms, until this war proved how essential the bayonet really was.
Wed 15 Mar, p15
AUSTRLAIA’S FLYING CORPS
The Governor General and the Minister for Defence today inspected at Point Cook the first squadron of the Commonwealth Flying Corps, which is shortly to proceed to the front…
Mon 20 Mar p7
AUSTRALIA’S ARMY: OVER 200.000 UNDER ARMS.
The Defence Department up to February 14 sent 150,043 troops on active service: Infantry, 85,531; light horse, 17,223;divisional ammunition column, 1,636; artillery, 6,943; engineers, 2.955; Army Service Corps, 4,823; Army Medical Corps, 8,438; remount unit,1,683; veterinary sections, 352; bridging trains, 394; Army Pay Corps, 99; Australian Postal Corps, 53. The total sent to December 31 was 129,105. The total from January 1 to February 14 was 20,848. …
In addition 60,197 troops were on March 1 in camps of training-throughout Australia, in preparation for, dispatch to the front, so : that on March 1, 210,150 troops had been raised in the Commonwealth
Sat 25 Mar, p8
NEWS OF SHACKLETON: PACK ICE UNBROKEN: MOVING PICTURES TAKEN.
A whaler has arrived in Buenos Ayres with Sir Ernest Shackleton’s diary of the voyage of his expedition to the island of South Georgia, from which point the explorers were to set out on their Antarctic journey. The whalers there said that owing to the bad ice season the pack ice had not broken. Sir Ernest therefore abandoned his idea of crossing the Antarctic Continent that year, and decided to winter in the Weddel Sea…
Tue 28 Mar p6
SIX O’CLOCK CLOSING THE FIRST NIGHT
LIVELY STREET SCENES: CROWDS WATCH THE HOTELS.
DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE THE ADELAIDE CLUB.
Six o’clock closing in Adelaide was ushered in on Monday by lively scenes in the streets. People waited expectantly for the hands of the clock to approach the fateful hour. At 5.45 a large crowd began to concentrate … in front of the Imperial Hotel. It was noticed that a number of men crowded into the hotel shortly before 6 o’clock to take the last opportunity of getting a drink that day. Lt took some minutes after 6 o’clock struck to get everyone out of the bar, but eventually the doors were closed and fastened.
Just then Mr. E. J. Cummins, … came out of the private entrance of the hotel and mounted a box on the footpath …Raising his hands as though to invite silence, he began to address the people. He said -“To-night the public houses close at 6 o’clock. You and I are prevented from having a drink…
Mr. Cummins- I say the publicans of this city have given you a fair deal. (Cheers.) The landlords offer the public good drink and good accommodation. Six o’clock closing is going to push the drink into the homes of the people. If you were Britishers you would not stand by and do nothing while the Adelaide Club is allowed to remain open.
A Soldier (excitedly)-Why aren’t we all members of the club?
Mr. Cummins- Because before you can be a member of the club you have to have blue blood in your veins. (Laughter and hoots.)
Thu 30 Mar p8
HOW THE HOUSEWIFE MAY HIT GERMANY.
Seven pages of a recent issue of the Commonwealth Gazette were occupied with a list of German-owned trade-marks, representing German goods that Australian housewives unknowingly bought to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pounds before the war. Now every one of these German trade-marks is suspended by the Federal Government, and it is a criminal offence to bring the articles they represent into Australia. Does not this emphasise what a power lies in the hands of Australian women to deal a death-blow to German trade, and at the same time give a wonderful lift to Australian and British industries?…