Object assemblage - envelope, comb, mirror, paper scrap.

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Envelope addressed to Miss Tessie Brewer containing comb and mirror. From Francis Brewer.
DOCUMENTS Envelopes envelopes
PERSONAL TOILETRIES Cosmetics hand mirror
PERSONAL TOILETRIES Hairdressing hair comb
Envelope L94 x W152 mm, weight 6 gm
Comb L73 x W19 x H2 mm, weight 3 gm
Mirror Dia 50 x H2.5 mm, weight 11 gm
Paper scrap L125 x W125 mm
Paper 117 x 132mm, weight 1 gm.
Media/Materials description
Registered letter envelope Support: brown woven paper with loose weave fabric interior. Medium: blue /black printing. Red/ black postmarks Handwriting in faded black ink. Pink Registered stamp insitu top left corner. Part envelope Brown wove paper with black printing ink and postmark. Handwriting in blue ink, slightly run. Comb wood, stained black. Mirror Circular bevelled glass Silvered verso with metal backing.
SW2 \ Australian Imperial Force \ R. No177774 \ REGISTERED LETTER \ THIS LETTER MUST BE GIVEN TO AN \ OFFICER OF THE POST OFFICE \ TO BE REGISTERED, AND A RECEIPT \ OBTAINED FOR IT. \ THE ADDRESS MUST BE \ WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE \ Miss Tessie Brewer \ "Maryvale" \ Lytton Road \ East Brisbane \ BRISBANE \ Queensland \ Australia \ <illegible> \ FEE PAID \ REGISTRATION TWO PENCE \ 2 \AR?? POST ???CE S.W.2 \ AU 9 \ 18
Registration \ Compensation is given for loss or damage \ in respect of Inland Registered Letters and \ Packets of all kinds, and for the loss of \ Foreign and Colonial Registered Letters and \ Packets, subject to the limitations and conditions \ notified in the Post Office Guide. \ REGISTERED \ <illegible> 11OC 1918 \ BRISBANE
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History and use
These items were some of several battlefield souvenirs collected by Francis Joseph Brewer during World War 1 and posted home to family members.

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.
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