Book, From the Australian Front; Cassell & Company Limited; 1917; 2018.30


Port Macquarie Museum


Book, From the Australian Front

About this object

Book comprising 128 pages with black and white photographs and/or illustrations1 with captions. The photographs are reproduced from Australian and British army official negatives taken by their official photographers including: Capt. F. Hurley, Lieut. E. Brooks, Lieut. H. F. Baldwin, and Lieut. F. H Wilkins, A.F.C. The book is also referred to as: ‘From the Australian Front, Xmas 1917’, and contains an introduction written by General W R Birdwood, France, dated 28th September 1917. It also contains sketches by cartoonist Will Dyson who was Australia’s first war artist.

The thin cardboard cover is stapled at the spine. On the front cover is a picture of two soldiers, the Rising Sun badge and the words ‘FROM THE/ AUSTRALIAN/ FRONT/ XMAS. 1917’. On the back cover is the Rising Sun badge incorporating the words ‘AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH MILITARY FORCES’ in a scroll underneath.

Net profits from sales of the book were devoted to the Australian Soldiers’ Patriotic Fund. The book was originally issued to soldiers in December 1917 and reprinted for sale to the Australian public in December 1918 at a price of 4s 6d.


Cassell & Company Limited

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Medium and Materials

Paper, ink, metal

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A printed bookplate on yellow paper is glued inside 'DONATED BY/ [RSL logo]/ PORT MACQUARIE/ R.S.L./ SUB-BRANCH/ 1993'


280mm L, 200mm W, 10mm Deep

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Donor: Port Macquarie RSL Sub-Branch

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Commemorative books

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