The front page of the Advertiser, 5 August, 1914
Advertiser – May 1918
GERMANS AND VOTES: DISENFRANCHISEMENT ASKED FOR.
A largely attended deputation organised by “the British Women’s Alliance”, waited upon the Premier. (Hon. A. H. Peake) on May 1st to request, the” disfranchisement of all German voters in South Australia. Captain Blackburn VC, MP., introducing the speakers, said the proposed disenfranchisement was not advocated as a punishment, as it was felt that people were disloyal it was not the proper penalty. It was suggested as a national measure of safety, for in a time of dire national peril electors of enemy origin should not vote at elections. ( Applause)
Melbourne May 5. The total casualties in the A.I.F. now number 241,309, according to a return issued on Saturday by the military authorities. This total is made up as follows: Deceased, 45,097; missing, 497; prisoners of war, 2,935; wounded, 122,138; sick,70,433; casualty not specified, 214. The figures of the wounded and sick represent totals reported by cable, and are in excess of the actual number affected, because many men are admitted to hospital more than once.
Queen Adelaide Club Sock League
One hundred and seventy-eight pairs of socks and other woollens were received to May 10th. These have been posted to the Commissioner Australian Comforts Fund London for distribution to our solders in France. Further grateful acknowledgements were received from soldiers for socks by the last mail
The Enemy Within: Senator Pearce outspoken
Melbourne May 19th: Speaking at the annual Empire service of the Protestant Alliance Friendly Society at the Melbourne Town Hall to-day, the Minister of Defence (Senator Pearce) made a strong call for unity for the stamping out of pacifism and disloyalty in the community. The Minister of Defence, who addressed his audience as “”friends,” said: —“Now is the time when we should know our friends and our friends should know us. When the voices of the pacifist and the disloyalist are being raised, it is time for the voice of the loyalist to be heard also.” (Cheers.)