Issue no. 7, September 1918, of World War I-era publication titled 'Aussie', 'The Australian Soldiers' Magazine'. Printed in the field by the AIF Printing Section.
One of a collection of copies of 'Aussie' magazines in Museum Victoria's collection dated 5 June 1918 - 15 January 1929.
'Aussie' (1918- circa 1929) was a commercial magazine of opinion, review and entertainment. It was edited by Phillip Harris and published in France 1918 - 1919 on a small printing press that Harris brought with him to France. Initially the print run was only 10,000 copies, but soon it reached 60,000 and later 100,000. The magazine celebrated a distinctive 'Aussie' identity through language, humour and imagery. It distributed news, provided light-hearted ways of seeing the war experience and gave soldiers an outlet to express dissent or dissatisfaction. It also provided a voice for Australian authors such as Banjo Paterson, C.J. Dennis and Bernard O'Dowd.
After the war, Phillip Harris produced a monthly in Sydney and renamed it 'Aussie: the Cheerful Monthly' from 1920. It built a sizeable circulation and for several years it published the major Australian writers and cartoonists of the day. It set out to sustain the digger culture and defend the rights of the veterans, while also embracing the re-adjustment of returned soldiers into civilian life.
Magazine consists of 10 pages folded at centre to form spine with printed text in black ink on both sides. Magazine printed on A4 paper in black ink, double sided. The magazine is comprised of stories, illustrations, songs and poetry from the First World War. The front cover features the title printed across the centre, with a drawing of a soldier in uniform standing sideways, and holding a gun. Four drawings within circles are positioned in each corner, joined by a wreath and ribbons bearing the names of the war fields. His head is in the shape of the map of Australia. Paper is discoloured with some small tears and creases around edges. Pages are loose.
This object provides an Australian soldiers' view of the political and world climate during World War I, and also represents the bond between Australian soldiers. The magazine celebrated a distinctive ‘Aussie’ identity, through language, humour and their assertion of what it meant to be an Australian. It allowed news to be distributed, gave the soldiers an outlet to express any dissent or dissatisfaction, thus preventing any greater form of rebellion and promoted Australian authors like Banjo Paterson, C.J. Dennis and Bernard O'Dowd. After the war, Phillip Harris produced a monthly in Sydney from 1920 and renamed it: ‘Aussie: the Cheerful Monthly’. It built a sizeable circulation and for more than a decade it published the major Australian writers and cartoonists of the day. It set out to sustain the digger culture and defend the rights of the veterans, while also embracing the re-adjustment of returned soldiers into civilian life.
'I claim no credit for the success of Aussie. That belongs to the Diggers. Aussie was not a paper done for the Diggers, but by them. That’s why it reflects their spirit.' - Phillip L. Harris, Editor, taken from ‘The Story of Aussie’
Donation from Victorian Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), 1988
Printed on cover: 'No. 7 / September 1918 / Aussie / PAPUA EGYPT MESOPOTAMIA /THE / AUSTRALIAN / SOLDIERS / MAGAZINE. / FRANCE BELGIUM / GALLIPOLI PALESTINE / PRINTED IN THE FIELD BY THE AIF PRINTING SECTION'. Handwritten inscription in blue ink at centre left reads 'MISS K. JEFFREY / 262 BAY ST / BRIGHTON / VICTORIA / AUSTRALIA'.
Type of item
181 mm (Width), 256 mm (Height)
Amanda Laugesen, 2003, 'Aussie Magazine and the Making of Digger Culture during the Great War' National Library of Australia News (November), pp.15 - 18