The only good German is a dead German...

Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria, Melbourne
Accession Number ARTV07296
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 52.8 x 79.6 cm; image: 50.8 x 77.6 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description lithograph on paper
Maker Unknown
Australian Statesman and Mining Standard
Place made Australia
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


A supplement to the Australia Statesman and Mining Standard issue of 15 February 1917. It is an anti-German propaganda pamphlet loosely disguised as a poster calendar for March - December 1917 which could be purchased for 'Twopence'. It calls for the Allies to finish the war by smashing the Germans so they can never cause conflict again. It includes several short articles about and photographs of German officials and officers and quotations from Australian Parliamentarians.

The Australian Statesman and Mining Standard was owned and edited by journalist and publisher Frank Critchley Parker (1862 - 1944) between 1914 - 1917. He was a passionate pro conscriptionist who used his publication to attack anti-conscriptionists and Irish Catholics. Throughout the war he published anti- German and pro-British propaganda as patriotic pamphlets written by himself and others. So fervent were his attacks that the publication was successfully sued for libel by two senators and there were calls to hold a Royal Commission to investigate the publication, its distribution, and finance by the Federal Labour party.