HMT 'Orontes'. Saturday August 10th, 1918. Final Reunion of South Australians under the auspices of the Literary and Debating Societies of 2nd General Reinforcements 'S' UK, and South Australian Reinforcements AAMC ... [cover title]

[At Sea, The Societies, as above], 10 August 1918.

Duodecimo (172 x 107 mm), [4] pages (a bifolium, last page blank), comprising the title page and the toast list-cum-programme on the two centre pages.

The leaflet is folded horizontally, with a few light creases elsewhere, and occasional light foxing; overall, in very good condition.

Not surprisingly, we can find no record of this most ephemeral item. 'Pte C. Spencer Smith' is written at the head of the first page. The service record of 55891 Cecil Spencer Smith (courtesy of the invaluable National Archives of Australia website) indicates that he hailed from the Adelaide suburb of Hindmarsh, enlisted on 8 February 1918, 'Embarked for Active Service ... HMAT "Orontes" Sydney 5-6-18 Disembarked Liverpool 11-8-18'. This Final Reunion must have been quite a party; all nine entertainments listed on the programme are preceded by a toast. This might be related somewise to the instruction printed at the foot of the first page: 'Guests are requested to bring the Lid of their Mess Tin with them'.

Item #108521

Price (AUD): $220.00