Osteralia souvenir magazine relating to Cecil Molle Feez

Accession Number AWM2019.22.282
Collection number PR00857, PR00857.005
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Souvenir
Physical description 27 Image/s captured
Maker Unknown
Place made At sea, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

“Osteralia” souvenir magazine relating to the First World War service of 31938 Gunner Cecil "Bill" Molle Feez, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 24th Reinforcements.

This magazine was written by troops on board the RMS Osterly during its voyage from Australia to England between February and April 1917, and was published after disembarkation and a period of training at Salisbury Plain. It contains poetry, photographs, and a nominal roll of passengers, as well as articles about the troops’ experiences. Some of these experiences include enlistment, embarkation, wearing life-belts, regular inspections and training, awaking at the sound of the reveille, eating rations, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, taking part in various sports, disembarkation, and further training in England. Throughout the magazine, the authors write in a manner that is humorous and positive, portraying Australian soldiers as fit, happy, headstrong, and eager to contribute to the war effort.

This particular copy of the “Osteralia” magazine was owned by Gunner Cecil Molle Feez, known as “Bill”, who was one of the passengers of the RMS Osterly in early 1917. Feez is mentioned on magazine page numbers 20, 26, and 38. Initially part of the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, Feez joined the Australian Flying Corps in July 1917 and became a pilot.