Assisting Queensland's patriotic day

Accession Number ARTV00150
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 22.8 x 29.8 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description chromolithograph on cardboard
Maker Templeton, P S
Queensland Public Service
A J Cumming, Government Printer
Place made Australia: Queensland
Date made 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


This early recruitment poster published by the Queensland government is a direct reference to Australia's involvement in the Dardanelles campaign. A kangaroo, dressed in the uniform of an Australian private soldier, his rifle with a Turkish fez impaled on the bayonet. He also holds the Union Jack flag as a symbol of Australia's allegiance to the Commonwealth.

Like other Queensland-based recruiting posters by Templeton, this poster represents Australia as a kangaroo. The animal was employed in both world wars not only in posters, but as a mascot in shop displays urging eligibles to 'Hop to it'. The men of one 1914-18 New South Wales recruiting march in fact called themselves 'The Kangaroos'.