'Barambah'. Sept.-Oct. 1918. Souvenir of the Voyage. [The 'Barambah' Souvenir (cover title)]. HMAT 'Barambah'.
'Barambah'. Sept.-Oct. 1918. Souvenir of the Voyage. [The 'Barambah' Souvenir (cover title)]
'Barambah'. Sept.-Oct. 1918. Souvenir of the Voyage. [The 'Barambah' Souvenir (cover title)]
'Barambah'. Sept.-Oct. 1918. Souvenir of the Voyage. [The 'Barambah' Souvenir (cover title)]
'Barambah'. Sept.-Oct. 1918. Souvenir of the Voyage. [The 'Barambah' Souvenir (cover title)]

'Barambah'. Sept.-Oct. 1918. Souvenir of the Voyage. [The 'Barambah' Souvenir (cover title)]

At Sea, 'Barambah Battler', 1919.

Quarto, 28 pages with numerous illustrations.

Pictorial wrappers (by J.Y. Allan) slightly marked, with minimal loss to silverfish; three vertical creases throughout (a legacy of being folded for posting); an excellent copy.

The foreword, written 'At Sea, 25th Sept., 1918' explains that this is a souvenir of the journey from the soldier's 'Homeland to the theatre of War', and credits the production of this issue to the editors and staff of 'The Barambah Battler', the weekly shipboard newspaper. However, the running headline throughout is dated January 1919. The editorial on page 4 explains the seeming discrepancy: 'The publication of this souvenir comes at the end of our voyage instead of in the middle, as was first intended.... Many changes have taken place in the world since we started out nearly eleven weeks ago. We left home with our minds filled with thoughts of war and hard military training. We came into the extreme danger zone to find our guardian destroyers spurting out to meet us with a megaphone and news of peace. This little volume will probably not reflect much of those changes that were taking place while we were at sea. Our minds are still too bewildered by them to weigh their meaning properly'. HMAT 'Barambah' arrived in England three days after the armistice. One of the soldiers on board was Vance Palmer; this souvenir issue contains three of his poems, 'a significant addition to his work as a war poet' (see David Kent, in 'Notes & Furphies', Number 17).

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Price (AUD): $300.00

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