Adelaide, [The Author], 1947.
Octavo, 94 pages.
Wrappers; a few trifling blemishes near the foot of the spine; essentially a fine copy.
'The comments and collection of incidents in this Book are intended as a brief defence on behalf of a section of the South Australian people who had to endure much odium during two Wartime periods' (introductory note). Sixty years on, it's still an uneasy read. Hermann Robert Homburg (1874-1964) was a South Australian-born lawyer and politician. 'In 1906-15 and 1927-30 he was a non-Labor member for Murray in the House of Assembly and from 1933 to 1941 was a member of the Legislative Council (Central No. 2). He was attorney-general under Peake in 1909-10 and minister for industry as well in 1912-15, and attorney-general and minister for industry in 1927-30 in the R.L. Butler ministry' ('Australian Dictionary of Biography'). He was also 'interned on 25 November 1940 but released after appeal on 21 December, under open conditional arrest, one condition being that he moved interstate. In January 1941 he was taken to Melbourne and in February moved to Ballarat whereupon he retired from parliament and did not recontest his seat. On 18 December 1942 he was allowed to return to Adelaide, reporting to the police three times a week for the next eighteen months. None of the evidence presented against Homburg was more than circumstantial, unsubstantiated or inconsequential.... He recorded his experiences in both wars' in this publication.