The front page of the Advertiser, 5 August, 1914
Advertiser – June 1917
4 June 917 p7
PATRIOTIC FUNDS. STATE WAR COUNCIL’S CONTROL
The question of the control and regulation of the various patriotic funds has been receiving attention by the State War Council … With a view to defining the work of the funds already established, and securing uniform action, a conference of delegates was recently held, and a satisfactory working arrangement arrived at. Representatives of the Red Cross and Cheer-up Societies, Trench Comforts Fund, YMCA, Army Department. Exhibition Sewing Circle, 18th Battery Club, League of Loyal Women, and the Australian Flying Corps Trench Comforts Fund met the Minister of Industry and the secretary of the State War Council, and the following decisions were agreed to, the respective spheres of the various funds to be as under:
- Trench Comforts Fund-To supply all extras in the way of comforts for the men in the trenches
- Cheer-up Society-To provide entertainment for the men prior to departure and after return.
- -Entertainment of men at the camps, provision for facilities for letter-writing and reading at the camps and in the various theatres of war; Lady Galway Clubhouse.
- Red Cross Society.-To supply everything required at the hospitals.
9 June 1917 p10
GALLANT AUSTRALIANS CAPTURE MESSINES WITH NEW ZEALANDERS: A 100 MINUTE FIGHT
LONDON, June 8. Mr. Philip Gibbs telegraphs that the Australian and New Zealanders were responsible for the capture of Messines. They took the town in one hundred minutes in the face of a desperate German defence. Many of the enemy were killed. The Irishmen captured Wytschacte, and the English Batte Wood, which lies to the south of Zillebeke.
9 June 1917 p11
THE CALL FOR NURSES: Imperial authorities ask for more.
One of the greatest needs of the Imperial authorities at the present time is an increased supply of trained nurses for service in the British military hospitals. Al ready nearly 1,000 nurses have left the Commonwealth for duty in the British army nursing service. . Further assistance is now required by the British army authorities. Surgeon-General Featherstone (Director-General of the Medical Service in Australia) estimated today that an additional 200 nurses could be made available for military -duty if the various hospitals that now required probationary nurses to undergo a four years course were to reduce the period of training by one year. General Featherstone said no fewer than 1,727 nurses had already left Australia for service overseas, and a further 364 were under orders to embark making a total of 2,091.
12 June 1917 p4
CLOSING GERMAN SCHOOLS: 49 NOTICES SERVED; MORE THAN 1600 CHILDREN AFFECTED
Notice has been served upon the proprietor or headmaster of each of the German schools in the State that the Minister of Education will take over the school as from July 1 next. In a good many eases the children can be transferred to a neighbouring public school without difficulty. A number of the German institutions, however, are so placed that there is no accommodation at all, except in the building that has been used as a Lutheran school. These places are, as a rule, built very near a church, some of them even in the church grounds, but the Minister has intimated that he will make use of the buildings as State primary schools, and will pay rent on the ordinary scale. The Education Department has enough men to send to places where new teachers are required. Only one teacher of a Lutheran school has been engaged by the Education Department, and he will be sent to a district where there was previously no German scholastic institution.
29 June 1917 p6
To-day will be observed as Violet Day, and the Cheer-up Society in Adelaide and its branches in many of the suburbs and country towns will co-operate in recognising it as a day of memory for Australia’s brave fallen soldiers, and incidentally in raising funds for an institution that has done much to cheer departing soldiers on their way to the front. Many buildings in the main streets will be decorated with bunting, and there will be on sale three designs of buttons, sprays of violets, and booklets of violet verses. At noon his Excellency the Governor will deliver an address at a memorial ceremony at the National Statue, North Terrace, where it is expected there will be a large attendance of naval and military officers and relatives of fallen soldiers. At the close of the ceremony “The Last Post” will be sounded. The Director of Education has arranged for all the schools to cease ordinary work at noon, and after a brief interval of silent contemplation the children will sing hymns and songs. This afternoon, at the Cheer-up Hut, Brigadier-General Forsyth will unveil a photograph of the late Colonel Meill and the original officers of the 9th Light Horse, which has been presented by Mrs. Meill. At the Exhibition Building this evening there will be a concert in aid of the Cheer-up Society.