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Small notebook, black leather cover, lined pages with pencil script. Most pages have lyrics to songs and/or poems relating to the war.
DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Writing Equipment (see also COMMERCE) notebook
L118 x W85 x H13 mm closed
L230 x W85 mm open
Weight: 64 g
Media/Materials description
Black leather cover over board, with leather pencil holder on back cover. (pencil missing). Small remains of securing cord still attached to both front and back cover. Paper wove beige coloured with faint blue lines. The paper was sewing into section and onto tape x 2 which then attached into the inside cover of both the front and back boards. Handwritten text in pen and black ink and pencil
History and use
This notebook was one of several battlefield souvenirs collected by Francis Joseph Brewer during World War 1.

A journalist from Bondi, New South Wales, Francis Brewer saw active service in France and in 1918 was shot in the ankle, an injury which eventually led to him being returned to Australia. Like many soldiers, he collected souvenirs, many of which he posted home to his family. He also kept a journal throughout the War (allegedly sold for 50 pounds during the depression years) which is now held in the Mitchell Library.

On his return to Australia, Francis continued his work as a journalist covering politics and court proceedings. He also authored several publications including ‘All About War Gratuity : instructions how to get it, together with a gratuity ready reckoner; Australian handbook for nurses, sailors, soldiers and dependants’ and ‘Sixty-six years of municipal government’ for the Brisbane Council.

This notebook is one of three documents relating to Frederick Victor Cox. At age 18 Cox enlisted at Townsville on 3 July 1916 and was in the 31st battalion until his discharge on 30 November 1919. It is not known how or why these documents came to be in the Brewer Family collection. The small notebook mainly outlines lyrics to songs or poems.
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