Summary

Title: Guide to the Concert and Theatre Programs Collection, First World War,

Date range of collection: 1914-1918

Collection number: Souvenirs 2

Scope and content note: The Concert and Theatre Programs collection contains hand-drawn and commercially printed programs produced to complement or advertise concerts, plays, musical evenings, recitals, pantomimes and revues. These events were arranged to entertain troops, as well as to raise money, or to mark an occasion like Christmas or New Year. Most programs list the names of cast members. Some contain nominal rolls. The professionally produced programs contain advertising and editorial material. The earliest items are from 1914; the latest is dated 1931, but refers to an event during the war. The programs were produced in many different countries, including England, Australia, France and Egypt.

Provenance: Items for this collection have been collected since 1914 and come from a variety of sources.

Extent: 6 boxes, (1.2 metres).

Location: Published & Digitised Collections, Research Centre, Australian War Memorial.

Related collections: Anzac Day souvenirs, Books, Greeting Cards, Leaflets, Menus, Photographs, Postcards, Private Records, Official Records, Serials, Troopship serials

 

Administrative information

Access: Open

Copyright: Contact the Senior Curator, Published & Digitised Collections

Preferred citation: Concert and Theatre Programs, First World War, 1914-1918, Australian War Memorial, Souvenirs 2

Subjects:

  • Concert parties
  • Concerts
  • Cinema
  • Entertainers
  • Entertainment
  • Variety shows
  • Female impersonators
  • Music
  • Theatre

 

Historical background
Theatre programs

Programs or play bills have long been produced to advertise productions and to serve as a reference for the audience during the show. As a class of document, they have survived in great numbers, as people are naturally inclined to collect mementoes of pleasurable occasions.

Theatre programs in the First World War

The programs in this collection include both amateur and professional productions, and give an indication of the shows and concerts a soldier on leave in London or Paris might see, as well as how soldiers at the front, in hospital or travelling on troop ships were entertained. There are also programs from shows held in Australia, mostly connected to fund raising; they are an interesting counterpoint to the programs produced by the troops.

Concert parties and field theatres flourished in the British Army in the First World War. The English, Scots, Welsh, Irish, Canadian, New Zealanders all had their groups of performers. By late 1917, in the Australian Imperial Force, "every Division now had its concert party, almost every Brigade had its entertainers, while even the Battalions were beginning to organise troupes which were to be set apart to do nothing more than keep up the spirits of the war-weary men..." (Harvey, 1920, p. 202)

The concerts allowed the soldiers respite from the constant threat and the monotony of the trenches, but also reminded them of what life could be like. Siegfreid Sasson describes a show: ..."It wasn't much; a canvas awning; a few footlights....[the performers] were unconscious, it seemed to me, of the intense impact on their audience - that dim brown moonlit mass of men. Row beyond row, I watched those soldiers, listening so quietly, chins propped on hands, to the songs which epitomized their ... longing for the gaiety and sentiment of life." (quoted in Fuller, 1990, p. 104)

Far from being seen as a luxury (although this was a problem in some quarters for a little while (Fuller, 1990, p. 95)), the idea of entertainment for the troops was supported by the authorities. Amongst the Australians, the field theatres were seen as a necessity; they provided "mental recreation" (Aussie, March 8, 1918, p. 4).

Humour, especially that which spoke directly to the soldiers in the front line, and made fun of their situation, as well as songs to sing along with, were very popular, as were the female impersonators. (Morrow, 1934, p. 105). Sentimentality had its place, but the main aim of the field theatres and concert parties was to send men away happy, laughing, and having felt like they had a good time, some respite from the war.

It is clear from the programs in this collection that there was a wide variety of acts, turns, or performances. Those programs produced by units, as opposed to things organised at Division level, seem to be hilarious, even ribald. Fuller states that "the divisional concert parties were held to a standard of propriety; the brigade and battalion troupes much less so." (Fuller, 1990, p. 107)

References:

Fuller, J G , Troop morale and popular culture in the British and Dominion armies, 1914-1918 (Clarendon Press: Oxford,1990)

Harvey, W J , The Red and White Diamond: authorised history of the Twenty-Fourth Battalion A.I.F (A. McCubbin for the 24th Battalion Association, : Melbourne, [1920])

Morrow, Edgar , Iron in the fire (Angus and Robertson: Sydney, 1934)

Harris, Phillip L.; Australia. Army. Australian Imperial Force (1914-1921) , Aussie : the Australian soldiers' magazine. (A.I.F. Printing Section : "In the Field"], 1918, March, April and June)

 

Series List:

Series number Title of Series and Date
1 Concerts associated with ships.
2 Theatre programs and tickets.
3 Cinema programs and tickets.
4 Concerts given by military units.
5 Benefit concerts
6 Concerts for the troops by organisations and societies.
7 Prisoner of war and internment camp concerts.
8 Concerts in honour of groups and individuals
9 Entertainment held after the war.
10 Personal collections.

SERIES 1: Concerts associated with ships

Description: This series contains programs for concerts, plays and revues performed at sea or on land. These programs are for entertainment performed by concert parties, soldiers and members of the ship's company or band. The programs vary in size and quality, from one page typed sheets, some with hand done illustrations, to multi-page, professionally printed items. Some contain lists of names, many are autographed. A number of items are not dated.

Sub-series 1: Performances at sea.

Description: This sub-series contains programs and other souvenirs related to entertainment aboard troopships during the First World War. Included in this sub-series are souvenirs related to performances held whilst troops were returning to Australia. These items include concert party performances, general concerts and theatrical productions such as mock trials.

File Description
File 1 Troopships A-C (27 items)
PUBS2/1/1/1/1 HMAT Aeneas - 29 December 1919
PUBS2/1/1/1/2 HMAT Anchises - 10 February 1917.
PUBS2/1/1/1/3 HMAT Argyllshire - 12 August 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/1/4 HMT Ascania - 24 March 1916.
PUBS2/1/1/1/5 HMAT Ascanius - 27 November 1916.
PUBS2/1/1/1/6 -
PUBS2/1/1/1/7
TSS Ascanius - 9 December 1916.
PUBS2/1/1/1/8 HMT Ascanius - 23 May 1917.
PUBS2/1/1/1/9 HMAT Ascanius - 27 May 1917.
PUBS2/1/1/1/10 -
PUBS2/1/1/1/11
HMAT Ascanius - 3 June 1917.
PUBS2/1/1/1/12 HMAT Ascanius - 9 June 1917.
PUBS2/1/1/1/13 TSS Ascanius - 30 June 1917.
PUBS2/1/1/1/27 HMAT Australia - 26, 27 November 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/1/14 HMAT Bakara - 24 September 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/1/15 HMS Ben-My-Chree's - 27 October 1916.
PUBS2/1/1/1/16 HMAT Boorara - 18 August 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/1/17 HMAT Boorara - [date unknown].
PUBS2/1/1/1/18 HMAT Bulla - 15 July 1916.
PUBS2/1/1/1/19 HMAT Bulla - 22 July 1916.
PUBS2/1/1/1/20 HMAT Bulla - 8 August 1916.
PUBS2/1/1/1/21 HMAT Ceramic - 26 December 1914.
PUBS2/1/1/1/22 HMAT Ceramic - 1 January 1915.
PUBS2/1/1/1/23 HMAT Ceramic - 23 January 1915.
PUBS2/1/1/1/24 HMAT Corinthic - 16 February 1918.
PUBS2/1/1/1/25 -
PUBS2/1/1/1/26
HMAT Corinthic - 27 February 1918.
File 2 Troopships D-N (49 items)
PUBS2/1/1/2/1 TSS Demosthenes - 10 August 1915.
PUBS2/1/1/2/2 TSS Demosthenes - 11 August 1915.
PUBS2/1/1/1/3 -
PUBS2/1/1/1/4
TSS Demosthenes - 1 July 1916.
PUBS2/1/1/2/5 HMT Demosthenes - 1 December 1917.
PUBS2/1/1/2/6 HMT Demosthenes - 24 December 1917.
PUBS2/1/1/2/7 RMS Dunvegan Castle - 23 March 1918.
PUBS2/1/1/2/8 HMAS Encounter - 20 September [year unknown].
PUBS2/1/1/2/9 TSS Euripides - 27 November 1915.
PUBS2/1/1/2/10 TSS Euripides - 28 May 1918.
PUBS2/1/1/2/11 D.32 Gaika - 20 December 1918.
PUBS2/1/1/2/12 Geelong - 21 November 1914.
PUBS2/1/1/2/13 RMS Ionic - 24 December 1915.
PUBS2/1/1/2/14 HMAT Kaiser-I-Hind - June 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/2/15 HMAHS Kanowna - 17 July 1915.
PUBS2/1/1/2/16 HMAHS Kanowna - 3 February 1917.
PUBS2/1/1/2/17 No 2 Australian Hospital Ship Kanowna - 3 August 1918.
PUBS2/1/1/2/18 HMAHS Kanowna - 15 February 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/2/19 HMAT Karmala - 8 August 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/2/20 -
PUBS2/1/1/2/21
No 1 Australian Hospital Ship TSS Karoola - 5 February 1918.
PUBS2/1/1/2/22 No 1 Australian Hospital Ship TSS Karoola - 28 September 1918.
PUBS2/1/1/2/23 No 1 Australian Hospital Ship TSS Karoola - [date unknown].
PUBS2/1/1/2/24 -
PUBS2/1/1/2/25 -
PUBS2/1/1/2/26 -
PUBS2/1/1/2/27
HMAT Konigin Luise - 25 June 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/2/28 HMAT Konigin Luise - 26-27 January 1920.
PUBS2/1/1/2/29 HMAT Konigin Luise - 19 June 1920.
PUBS2/1/1/2/30 -
PUBS2/1/1/2/31
HMAT Kronig Friedrich August - July 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/2/32 -
PUBS2/1/1/2/33
HMAT Kyarra - 24 June 1916.
PUBS2/1/1/2/34 HMAT Kyarra - [date unknown].
PUBS2/1/1/2/35 SS Malwa - [date unknown].
PUBS2/1/1/2/36 HMT Marathon - 11 July 1917.
PUBS2/1/1/2/37 HMT Marathon - 17 July [year unknown].
PUBS2/1/1/2/38 -
PUBS2/1/1/2/39
HMAT Marathon - 27 June 1917.
PUBS2/1/1/2/40 HMAT Marathon - 27 May 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/2/41 -
PUBS2/1/1/2/42 -
PUBS2/1/1/2/43
HMAT Medic - 5 October 1918.
PUBS2/1/1/2/44 HMT Militades - 18 June 1917.
PUBS2/1/1/2/45 HMT Militades - date unknown.
PUBS2/1/1/2/46 HMHS Nevasa - 20 January 1916.
PUBS2/1/1/2/47 HMAT Norman - 8 August 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/2/48 -
PUBS2/1/1/2/49
HMAT Norman - 13 August 1919.
File 3 Troopships O-P (18 items)
PUBS2/1/1/3/1 HMT Orontes - 20 June 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/3/2 HMAT Orsova - 25 March 1915.
PUBS2/1/1/3/3 HMAT Orsova - 30 July 1915.
PUBS2/1/1/3/4 HMAT Orsova - 8 April 1916.
PUBS2/1/1/3/5 RMS Osterley - 26 June 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/3/6 HMAT Plassy - 17 September 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/3/7 HMAT Port Lyttelton - 24 November 1917.
PUBS2/1/1/3/8 HMAT Port Lyttelton - 21 June 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/3/9 HMAT Port Lyttelton - June 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/3/10 HMAT Port Lyttelton - 5 July 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/3/11 HMAT Port Lyttelton - 23 July 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/3/12 HMAT Port Lyttelton - 2 August 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/3/13 HMAT Port Napier - 25 May 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/3/14 HMAT Port Napier - 7 June 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/3/15 -
PUBS2/1/1/3/16
HMAT Port Napier - 19 June 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/3/17 -
PUBS2/1/1/3/18
HMAT Port Napier - 19 June 1919.
File 4 Troopships Q-Z (31 items)
PUBS2/1/1/4/1 SS Rio Negro [no date].
PUBS2/1/1/4/2 HMAT Saldanaha - 18 February 1915.
PUBS2/1/1/4/3 HMATS Shropshire - 3 April 1915.
PUBS2/1/1/4/4 -
PUBS2/1/1/4/5
HMAT Shropshire - 10 May 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/4/6 HMT Somali - January-February 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/4/7 HMAT Soudan - 19 May 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/4/8 HMAT Soudan - 23 May 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/4/9 HMAT Soudan - 28 May 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/4/10 HMAT Soudan - 4 June 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/4/11 HMAT Soudan - 10 June 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/4/12 HMAT Suevic - 29 March 1916.
PUBS2/1/1/4/13 HMAT Suevic - 7 August 1917.
PUBS2/1/1/4/14 HMAS Sydney - 17 March 1917.
PUBS2/1/1/4/15 -
PUBS2/1/1/4/16
HMAT Themistocles - 26 August 1916.
PUBS2/1/1/4/17 TSS Themistocles - 23 January 1920.
PUBS2/1/1/4/18 HMAT Themistocles - 18 December [year unknown].
PUBS2/1/1/4/19 TSS Themistocles - [date unknown].
PUBS2/1/1/4/20 SS Themistocles - [date unknown].
PUBS2/1/1/4/21 -
PUBS2/1/1/4/22
SS Ulysses - 23 January 1915.
PUBS2/1/1/4/23 HMAT Ulysses - 31 July 1919.
PUBS2/1/1/4/24 HMAT Ulysses - [date unknown].
PUBS2/1/1/4/25 SS Wahehe - 8 May 1920.
PUBS2/1/1/4/26 QTSS Wandilla - 9 July 1915.
PUBS2/1/1/4/31 QTSS Wandilla - 9 July 1915.
PUBS2/1/1/4/27 HMA Wiltshire - 27 November 1915.
PUBS2/1/1/4/28 HMAT Wiltshire - 14 February 1918.
PUBS2/1/1/4/29 HMAT Wiltshire - 22 February 1918.
PUBS2/1/1/4/30 HMAT Wiltshire - 9 March 1918.

Sub-series 2: Performances on land.

Description: This sub-series contains programs and other souvenirs related to entertainment by soldiers during journeys aboard troopships. These were held at venues in places stopped at along the route to the final destination. These were mostly performances by troopship concert parties. Performances were held during the First World War as well as afterwards when troops were returning home to Australia.

File Description
File 1 Performances on land by soldiers and concert parties. (2 items)
PUBS2/1/2/1/1 HMS Agamemnon - 26 October 1915.
PUBS2/1/2/1/2 HMAT Argyllshire - 28 August 1919.

SERIES 2: Theatre programs and tickets

Description: This series contains theatre programs and associated material from theatres in the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa and Australia during the First World War. There are also some programs related to performances attended by troops whilst awaiting to return to Australia after the war. The majority are for theatres in London and include programs for concerts, ballets and plays held in theatres. Most programs include cast lists, lists of songs, pieces or skits performed and descriptions of scenes. Many programs also include advertising material for clothes, personal equipment, furniture, household items, food and drink and upcoming attractions. Most include information about what to do during an air raid. Some programs have been autographed including 74 items signed by Edward White Moncrieff of 45 Battalion, Australian Imperial Force.

Sub-series 1: Theatres in England

Description: This sub-series contains programs and tickets related to performances at theatres in England between 1914 and 1920. These items relate to performances held during the First World War and also during the period when troops were waiting to return to Australia. The majority are for theatres located in London but there are several from smaller regional theatres as well.

File Description
File 1 London theatres A-D (10 items)
PUBS2/2/1/1/1 -
PUBS2/2/1/1/2
Adelphi Theatre
PUBS2/2/1/1/3 Alhambra Theatre
PUBS2/2/1/1/4 Ambassadors Theatre
PUBS2/2/1/1/5 Borough Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/1/6 Comedy Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/1/7 Criterion Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/1/8 Dalston Theatre
PUBS2/2/1/1/9 -
PUBS2/2/1/1/10
Daly's Theatre.
File 2 London theatres E-J (15 items)
PUBS2/2/1/2/1 The Elephant and Castle Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/2/2 -
PUBS2/2/1/2/3 -
PUBS2/2/1/2/4
Empire Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/2/5 -
PUBS2/2/1/2/6 -
PUBS2/2/1/2/7
Gaiety Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/2/8 Garrick Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/2/9 -
PUBS2/2/1/2/10
Globe Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/2/11 -
PUBS2/2/1/2/12
Hammersmith Palace.
PUBS2/2/1/2/13 Her Majesty's Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/2/14 His Majesty's Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/2/15 Holborn Empire.
File 3 London theatres K-L (22 items)
PUBS2/2/1/3/1 -
PUBS2/2/1/3/2 -
PUBS2/2/1/3/3 -
PUBS2/2/1/3/4
Kennington Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/3/5 -
PUBS2/2/1/3/6
King's Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/3/7 Kingsway Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/3/8 -
PUBS2/2/1/3/9 -
PUBS2/2/1/3/10 -
PUBS2/2/1/3/11
The London Coliseum.
PUBS2/2/1/3/12 -
PUBS2/2/1/3/13
The London Hippodrome.
PUBS2/2/1/3/14 -
PUBS2/2/1/3/15
London Opera House.
PUBS2/2/1/3/16 -
PUBS2/2/1/3/17
London Pavilion.
PUBS2/2/1/3/18 -
PUBS2/2/1/3/19 -
PUBS2/2/1/3/20
Lyceum Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/3/21 -
PUBS2/2/1/3/22
Lyric Theatre.
File 4 London theatres M-Q (21 items)
PUBS2/2/1/4/1 Maskelynes Theatre of Mystery.
PUBS2/2/1/4/2 New Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/4/3 -
PUBS2/2/1/4/4 -
PUBS2/2/1/4/5 -
PUBS2/2/1/4/6 -
PUBS2/2/1/4/7 -
PUBS2/2/1/4/8 -
PUBS2/2/1/4/9
The Old Vic.
PUBS2/2/1/4/10 -
PUBS2/2/1/4/11
The Oxford
PUBS2/2/1/4/12 -
PUBS2/2/1/4/13
Palace Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/4/14 -
PUBS2/2/1/4/15
Palladium
PUBS2/2/1/4/16 The Playhouse
PUBS2/2/1/4/17 -
PUBS2/2/1/4/18
Prince of Wales Theatre
PUBS2/2/1/4/19 The Princes Theatre
PUBS2/2/1/4/20 -
PUBS2/2/1/4/21
The Queen's
File 5 London theatres R-S (16 items)
PUBS2/2/1/5/1 Royal Carla Rosa Opera Company.
PUBS2/2/1/5/2 -
PUBS2/2/1/5/3
Royal Court Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/5/4 -
PUBS2/2/1/5/5
Royalty Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/5/6 -
PUBS2/2/1/5/7
St. James's Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/5/8 St. Martin's Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/5/9 -
PUBS2/2/1/5/10
Savoy Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/5/11 - Scala Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/5/12 -
PUBS2/2/1/5/13
Shaftesbury Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/5/14 The Shepherds Bush Empire Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/5/15 -
PUBS2/2/1/5/16
Strand Theatre.
File 6 London theatres T-Z (9 items)
PUBS2/2/1/6/1 -
PUBS2/2/1/6/2 -
PUBS2/2/1/6/3
Theatre Royal (Drury Lane).
PUBS2/2/1/6/4 PUBS2/2/1/6/5 -
PUBS2/2/1/6/6
Theatre Royal (Haymarket). Vaudeville Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/6/7 -
PUBS2/2/1/6/8 -
PUBS2/2/1/6/9
Wyndham's Theatre.
File 7 Theatres located in regional England. (8 items)
PUBS2/2/1/7/1 Abbeville - Old Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/7/2 Bath - Palace Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/7/3 Blackpool - Wintergardens.
PUBS2/2/1/7/5 Bournemouth
PUBS2/2/1/7/4 Fareham - Portland Hall.
PUBS2/2/1/7/6 Southampton - Grand Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/7/7 Tidworth - Garrison Theatre.
PUBS2/2/1/7/8 Weymouth - Pavillion Theatre.

Sub-series 2: Theatres in France

Description: This sub-series contains programs and tickets related to performances at theatres in France between 1914 and 1918. These items relate to performances held during the First World War. The majority are for theatres located in Paris but there are several items from smaller regional theatres as well.

File Description
File 1 Theatres located in Paris (23 items)
PUBS2/2/2/1/1 -
PUBS2/2/2/1/2
Academie Nationale de Musique et de Danse.
PUBS2/2/2/1/3 -
PUBS2/2/2/1/4 -
PUBS2/2/2/1/5 -
PUBS2/2/2/1/6 -
PUBS2/2/2/1/7
Alhambra.
PUBS2/2/2/1/8 Casino de Paris.
PUBS2/2/2/1/9 -
PUBS2/2/2/1/10 -
PUBS2/2/2/1/11 -
PUBS2/2/2/1/12
Follies-Bergere.
PUBS2/2/2/1/13 Nouveu Cirque.
PUBS2/2/2/1/14 Olympia.
PUBS2/2/2/1/15 Palais du Trocadero.
PUBS2/2/2/1/16 The Theatre Caumartin
PUBS2/2/2/1/17 -
PUBS2/2/2/1/18 -
PUBS2/2/2/1/19
Theatre National l'Opera Comique.
PUBS2/2/2/1/20 -
PUBS2/2/2/1/21 -
PUBS2/2/2/1/22
Theatre National de l'Opera.
PUBS2/2/2/1/23 Paris a la Frontier.
File 2 Theatres located in regional France. (8 items)
PUBS2/2/2/2/1 Bordeaux - weekly theatre program 1918-19 with tickets for Societe des Amis des Arts, Buffee Theatre and the Theatre-Francais Bureau.
PUBS2/2/2/2/2 Malo-Les-Bains - Comite des Oevres de Guerre.
PUBS2/2/2/2/3 Le Cateau - Theater zu Le Cateau [German text].
PUBS2/2/2/2/4 Lille - Nouveau Theatre.

Sub-series 3: Theatres located in Belgium

Description: This sub-series contains programs and tickets from performances at theatres in Belgium between 1914 and 1918. These items relate to performances held during the First World War. The majority are for theatres located in regional areas of Belgium.

File Description
File 1 Theatres located in regional Belgium. (2 items)
PUBS2/2/3/1/1 Charleroi - Academie de Musique de Charleroi.
PUBS2/2/3/1/2 Charleroi - unknown.

Sub-series 4: Theatres located in Australia

Description: This sub-series contains programs and tickets related to theatre performances in Australia between 1914 and 1918. These items relate to performances held during the First World War. Included in this sub-series are items from Australian state capital cities.

File Description

File 1

Theatres located in Australian state capital cities. (1 item)
PUBS2/2/4/1/1 Enoggera, Brisbane - The White City Theatre.

Sub-series 5: Theatres located in other countries

Description: This sub-series contains programs and tickets related to performances in selected European countries as well as other locations around the world. These items relate to performances during the First World War and during the period when troops were returning to Australia.

File Description
File 1 Theatres located in European countries. (3 items)
PUBS2/2/5/1/1 -
PUBS2/2/5/1/2
Monaco - Cercle de Etrangers de Monaco
PUBS2/2/5/1/3 Scotland - Theatre Royal Glasgow.
File 2 Theatres located in African countries. (3 items)
PUBS2/2/5/2/1 Egypt - Printania Theatre.
PUBS2/2/5/2/2 South Africa - Adeck Thecheter, Durban.
PUBS2/2/5/2/3 South Africa - Capetown City Hall.
File 3 Theatres located in Canada and the United States of America. (1 item)
PUBS2/2/5/3/1 New York - Shubert Theatre.

SERIES 3: Cinema programs and tickets

Description: The series contains tickets, programs and other souvenirs related to screenings of movies at cinemas or other venues in Australia, Europe, Egypt and the Middle-East. This series also includes a book of tickets for a lichtspielhaus in Germany.

Subseries 1: Cinemas located in Australia

Description: This sub-series features programs, tickets and other related souvenirs from film screenings at venues around Australia during the First World War. This includes material for the films 'Australia in Action!', 'My four years in Germany' and 'La Revanche: the avengance of the betrayal of and death of Nurse Cavell.'

File Description
File 1 Cinemas or other venues located in New South Wales (2 items)
PUBS2/3/1/1/1 Sydney Town Hall - "Australia in Action!" 23-28 July 1917.
PUBS2/3/1/1/2 Sydney Town Hall - "My four years in Germany". 15 June-26 June [year unknown].
File 2 Cinemas located in Victoria (2 items)
PUBS2/3/1/2/1 St Kilda - "La Revanche: the avengance of the betrayal and death of Nurse Cavell".
PUBS2/3/1/2/2 Melbourne - "My four years in Germany".

Subseries 2: Cinemas located in Egypt

Description: This sub-series features programs, tickets and other related souvenirs from film screenings at cinemas in Egypt. These relate to screenings held during the First World War or during the period when troops were returning to Australia. The majority of these are for cinemas located in Cairo.

File Description
File 1 Cinemas located in Cairo (7 items)
PUBS2/3/2/1/1 Cinema Violet - 13-19 March 1916.
PUBS2/3/2/1/2 Grand Cinema Olympia - "Le Coup de Cravache", 17 January [year unknown].
PUBS2/3/2/1/3 Obelisk Cinema - 21-28 August 1918.
PUBS2/3/2/1/4 Empire Cinema - 27 April to 3 May 1916.
PUBS2/3/2/1/5 Salle Kleber Cinema des Chefs-D'oevre - 11-17 February 1919.
PUBS2/3/2/1/6 American Cosmograph - 1916 [Oversize].
PUBS2/3/2/1/7 The Pyramid's Cinema - 21-23 January [year unknown].

Subseries 3: Cinemas located in the United Kingdom

Description: This sub-series contains programs, tickets and other related souvenirs from film screenings at cinemas located in the United Kingdom. These relate to screenings held during the First World War and during the period when troops were waiting to return to Australia. Included in this sub-series are programs for cinemas located in both London and regional areas.

File Description
File 1 Cinemas located in London (1 item)
PUBS2/3/3/1/1 Admiralty Theatre - "The Attack on Zeebrugge", 22-23 April 1918.
File 2 Cinemas located in regional England (1 item)
PUBS2/3/3/2/1 Cambridge - Victoria Cinema.

Subseries 4: Cinemas located in France

Description: This sub-series features programs, tickets and other related souvenirs for film screenings at cinemas located in France. This material relates to screenings held during the First World War. Included in this sub-series are souvenirs from Paris, Amiens and Malo-les-Bains.

File Description
File 1 Cinemas located in Paris (2 items)
PUBS2/3/4/1/1 "Pour la victoire", 5 November 1916.
PUBS2/3/4/1/2 Cinema Pathe - "La Presse", 9 June 1915.
File 2 Cinemas located in regional France (3 items)
PUBS2/3/4/2/1 Amiens - Excelsior, Cinema des Allies, March 1917.
PUBS2/3/4/2/2 Amiens - Excelsior, Cinema des Allies, July 1917.
PUBS2/3/4/2/3 Malo-les-Bains - Casino Municipal, 28 July 1918.

Subseries 5: Cinemas located in Belgium(0 items)

Description: This sub-series has been reserved for programs, tickets and other related souvenirs for film screenings at cinemas located in Belgium during the First World War.

Subseries 6: Cinemas located in other countries

Description: This sub-series features programs, tickets and other related souvenirs for film screenings at cinemas located outside France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Australia and Egypt. This includes material produced by cinemas in Germany and the Middle-East.

File Description
File 1 Cinemas located in Europe (1 item)
PUBS2/3/6/1/1 Germany - [Book of lichtspielhaus tickets].
File 2 Cinemas located in the Middle-East (4 items)
PUBS2/3/6/2/1 Palestine - Cinema Rex
PUBS2/3/6/2/2 Baghdad City - Royal Cinema, October 1919.
PUBS2/3/6/2/3 Baghdad - Olympia Cinema, 3-6 May 1919.
PUBS2/3/6/2/4 Baghdad - Olympia Cinema, 28-31 May 1919.

SERIES 4: Concerts given by military units.

Description: This series contains material related to concerts and other performances given by military units from both Allied and Axis countries during the First World War. These programs range enormously in their style, production methods, paper type and content. Most list the names of cast members or performers. Many have been hand coloured and some are original works. Some feature illustrations, cartoons, jokes and advertisements whilst others are simply typed sheets. Some include a menu as well as a program of events.

Subseries 1: Army - 1st Australian Imperial Force.

Description: Sub-series 1 uses the numbering system imposed on AWM4 - 1st Australian Imperial Force unit war diaries to indicate the corps and particular units. Amongst the items featured in this sub-series are programs and souvenirs for performances by the ANZAC Coves. The ANZAC Coves were created by order of General Birdwood in 1917. The earliest program relating to the ANZAC Coves is for a production of 'Dick Whittington and his cat'. The oldest is dated August 1918. Also included is a brief history of the Coves written by the manager, Rannal Carlisle.

File Description
File 1 Formation Headquarters, 1915-1919. (38 items)
PUBS2/4/1/1/1 1 Australian Divisional Concert Party - "The Sentimental Blokes", 26 December 1918 to 9 January 1919.
PUBS2/4/1/1/2 1 Division Concert Party - "The Sentimental Blokes", 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/1/3 1 Australian Divisional Concert Party - "The Sentimental Blokes", 15-25 April [year unknown].
PUBS2/4/1/1/4 "Sentimental Blokes", 23 April to 2 May [year unknown].
PUBS2/4/1/1/5 -
PUBS2/4/1/1/6
"ANZAC Coves" - Christmas 1917.
PUBS2/4/1/1/7 -
PUBS2/4/1/1/8
1 Australian Headquarters Pierrot Troupe - "ANZAC Coves", 11-16 February 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/1/9 -
PUBS2/4/1/1/10
Australian Corps Headquarters - "The ANZAC Coves", 18 February 1918. [Invitation and program - Buckingham Palace].
PUBS2/4/1/1/11 "ANZAC Coves", 21 February 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/1/12 Australian Corps Headquarters - "The ANZAC Coves" Concert Party and the 27 Infantry Battalion Band, 4 August 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/1/13 -
PUBS2/4/1/1/14
Australian Corps Headquarters - "The ANZAC Coves" Concert Party and the 27 Infantry Battalion Band, 3-4 August 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/1/15 Australian Corps Headquarters - "The ANZAC Coves" Concert Party and the 45 Infantry Battalion Band, 15-16 August 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/1/16 "The Anzac Coves", [1918].
PUBS2/4/1/1/17 1 Anzac Headquarters, [date unknown].
PUBS2/4/1/1/18 4 Australian Division - "The Smart Set" Entertainers and the 13 Australian Infantry Battalion Band, 24-25 June 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/1/19 -
PUBS2/4/1/1/20
5 Australian Divisional Concert Party - "The Kookaburras", 23 August 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/1/21 5 Divisional Concert Party - "The Kookaburras", 13 November 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/1/22 -
PUBS2/4/1/1/23
"The Kookaburras", 9 April [year unknown].
PUBS2/4/1/1/24 5 Australian Divisional Concert Party - "The Kookaburras", [date unknown].
PUBS2/4/1/1/25 -
PUBS2/4/1/1/26
Australian Divisional Concert Party - "The Coo-ees", 24 October 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/1/27 Australian Divisional Concert Party - "The Coo-ees", 24 to 30 October 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/1/28 Regimental Institute Head Quarters AIF, 25 October 1916.
PUBS2/4/1/1/29 1 DSC [Divisional Signal Company] Band, [date unknown].
PUBS2/4/1/1/30 9th and 17th DSC [Divisional Signal Company] Band, 24 December 1915.
PUBS2/4/1/1/31 1 ADH Concert Party, [date unknown].
PUBS2/4/1/1/32 No 5 Australian Group Regimental Bands, 24 May 1919.
PUBS2/4/1/1/33 Combined bands and Concert Party of No 5 Group, 1 June 1919.
PUBS2/4/1/1/34 Combined Bands of Australian Imperial Forces, 4 June 1919.
PUBS2/4/1/1/35 Combined Bands of Australian Imperial Forces, 5 June 1919.
PUBS2/4/1/1/36 Combined bands of Australian Imperial Forces, 15 June 1919.
PUBS2/4/1/1/37 PUBS2/4/1/1/38 Corps Troops Social Club, 29 August 1917. Corps Troops Social Club, 31 August 1917.
File 2 Ordnance. (0 items)
File 3 Provost (0 items)
File 4 Claims (0 items)
File 5 Pay (0 items)
File 6 Chaplains (0 items)
File 7 Chemical (0 items)
File 8 Australian Flying Corps, 1915-1919 (12 items)
PUBS2/4/1/8/1 No 1 Squadron AFC - Amateur Frolic Company, 29 June 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/8/2 1 Squadron Australian Flying Corps, 10 August 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/8/3 1 Squadron AFC concert party - the Amateur Frolic Company, 25 December [1918].
PUBS2/4/1/8/4 No 1 Squadron AFC concert party, 22 January 1919.
PUBS2/4/1/8/5 [No 2 Squadron AFC concert party] - "The Kookaburras", March 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/8/6 No 2 Squadron AFC - "The Kookaburras", 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/8/7 AFC Leighterton - The Flying Kangaroos, 6 November 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/8/8 The Flying Kangaroos and Camp Orchestra (Leighterton Aerodrome), 19 February 1919.
PUBS2/4/1/8/9 The AFC concert party (Minchinhampton Aerodrome), 17 September 1918. [Original date of 8 June 1918 crossed out].
PUBS2/4/1/8/10 Australian Flying Corps (Minchinhampton Aerodrome), 22 March 1919.
PUBS2/4/1/8/11 -
PUBS2/4/1/8/12
Australian Flying Corps concert party (Minchinhampton), [date unknown].
File 9 Cavalry (0 items)
File 10 Light Horse. (0 items)
File 11 Camel Corps. (0 items)
File 12 Cyclists. (0 items)
File 13 Artillery, 1915-1919. (10 items)
PUBS2/4/1/13/1 -
PUBS2/4/1/13/2
1 Divisional Artillery - "The Serenaders".
PUBS2/4/1/13/3 2 Division Artillery Band, 17 July 1915.
PUBS2/4/1/13/4 3 Australian Divisional Artillery - "Courtiers Costume Comedy Company", 8 January 1919.
PUBS2/4/1/13/5 4 Australian Divisional Artillery, 12 June 1915.
PUBS2/4/1/13/6 4 Australian Divisional Artillery, 17 June 1918. [Draft]
PUBS2/4/1/13/7 7 Australian Field Artillery Brigade, 26 December 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/13/8 10 Aust Field Artillery Brigade - "Wombats", 3 January 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/13/9 36 (Australian) Brigade Royal Garrison Artillery (36 Heavy Artillery Group), 27 June 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/13/10 The Field Artillery Pirates, 21 October 1915.
File 14 Engineers, 1915-1919. (10 items)
PUBS2/4/1/14/1 Australian Engineers Training Depot, 16 August 1917.
PUBS2/4/1/14/2 Australian Engineers Training Depot, 23 December 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/14/3 Australian Engineers Training Depot, 23 August 1918.
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PUBS2/4/1/14/5
1 Field Company Australian Engineers, 25 April 1917.
PUBS2/4/1/14/6 -
PUBS2/4/1/14/7
1 Field Company Engineers, 16 May 1917.
PUBS2/4/1/14/8 [5 Field Company Engineers], 14 September 1918.
File 15 Railways. (0 items)
File 16 Tunnelling & Survey. (0 items)
File 17 Postal. (0 items)
File 18 Baths & Laundries. (0 items)
File 19 Salvage. (0 items)
File 20 Gas. (0 items)
File 21 Water supply and Stores. (0 items)
File 22 Signals, 1915-1919. (1 item)
PUBS2/4/1/22/1 Kangaroo Koncert Kompany. 26 September 1917.
File 23 Infantry, 1915-1919. (12 items)
PUBS2/4/1/23/1 4 Australian Infantry Brigade - [The Blue Dandies] Concert Party, 14 July 1917.
PUBS2/4/1/23/2 4 Australian Infantry Brigade - "The Blue Dandies", 15 January 1919.
PUBS2/4/1/23/3 5 Australian Infantry Brigade, 24 June 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/23/4 5 Australian Infantry Brigade - "Green Diamonds", 23 October 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/23/5 7th Australian Infantry Brigade Concert Party and Orchestra, 13 February 1919. [Oversize].
PUBS2/4/1/23/6 7 Australian Infantry Brigade Concert Party and orchestra, [date unknown].
PUBS2/4/1/23/7 Band of the 8 Infantry Brigade, December 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/23/8 16 Australian Infantry Brigade, 21 September 1917.
PUBS2/4/1/23/9 13 Battalion, 13 September 1917.
PUBS2/4/1/23/10 Band of the 24 Battalion, 22 September 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/23/11 28 Battalion AIF, 8 June 1917.
PUBS2/4/1/23/12 59 Battalion AIF Band, 14 June 1919.
File 24 Machine Gun Battalions, 1915-1919. (2 items)
PUBS2/4/1/24/1 3 Australian Machine Gun Battalion, [date unknown].
PUBS2/4/1/24/2 7 Brigade Australian M.G Coy [Machine Gun Company] Brigade Headquarters. 11 July 1917. Folder of material including two versions of the concert program, advertising poster and 13 sketches.
File 25 Supply and Transport, 1915-1919 (9 items)
PUBS2/4/1/25/1 1 Australian Ammunition Sub-Park, 30 December 1916.
PUBS2/4/1/25/2 4 DAP [Division Ammunition Sub-Park], 12 February 1917.
PUBS2/4/1/25/3 4 Australian Ammunition Sub-Park, 30 August 1917.
PUBS2/4/1/25/4 4 Division Ammunition Sub-Park - The Empties (M.T's), 17 February [year unknown].
PUBS2/4/1/25/5 4 AASP [Australian Ammunition Sub-Park] - The Empties, 27 February [year unknown].
PUBS2/4/1/25/6 5 Corps Ammunition Parks, 8-12 January 1916.
PUBS2/4/1/25/7 17 Ammunition (Australian) Sub-Park, 25 December 1915.
PUBS2/4/1/25/8 Field Bakeries, December 1916.
PUBS2/4/1/25/9 Field Bakeries, 23 November 1917.
File 26 Medical, 1915-1919. (15 items)
PUBS2/4/1/26/1 Harefield Hospital [1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital], 31 May 1916.
PUBS2/4/1/26/2 Australian Auxillary Hospital No 1, 2 June 1917.
PUBS2/4/1/26/3 Australian Auxillary Hospital No 1, 27 April 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/26/4 No 1 AAH [Australian Auxillary Hospital] Harefield Park, [date unknown].
PUBS2/4/1/26/5 Dartford Auxillary Hospital [3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital], 23 November 1917.
PUBS2/4/1/26/6 3 Australian Auxillary Hospital, 25 April 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/26/7 3 AAH [Australian Auxillary Hospital], [date unknown].
PUBS2/4/1/26/8 -
PUBS2/4/1/26/9
2 Australian General Hospital, 5 April 1917.
PUBS2/4/1/26/10 14 Australian General Hospital Concert Party - "The Kookaburras", 3 May 1918.
PUBS2/4/1/26/11 -
PUBS2/4/1/26/12
Australian Voluntary Hospital, [date unknown].
PUBS2/4/1/26/13 Sister's Concert, 31 December 1915.
PUBS2/4/1/26/14 No 5 Convalescent Depot - The Bing Bang Boys Concert Party, December 1917.
PUBS2/4/1/26/15 4 Australian Field Ambulance, 25 December 1916.
PUBS2/4/1/26/16 [8 Field Ambulance Concert Party] "The Nightbirds" - 21 July 1917.
PUBS2/4/1/26/17 8 Field Ambulance Concert Party - "The Nightbirds", date unknown.
File 27 Veterinary. (0 items)
File 28 Remount. (0 items)
File 29 Repatriation & Demobilisation (0 items)
File 30 Canteens (0 items)
File 31 Schools (0 items)
File 32 Bases and Depots (1 item)
PUBS2/4/1/32/1 No 3 Command Depot - "The Kangaroos", [date unknown].
File 33 Miscellaneous (5 items)
PUBS2/4/1/33/1 3 Battalion Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, 24 February 1915.
PUBS2/4/1/33/2 3 Battalion Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, 21 April 1915.
PUBS2/4/1/33/3 3 Battalion Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, 3 June 1915.
PUBS2/4/1/33/4 Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force - "The Tropical Troubadors", 19 April 1919.
PUBS2/4/1/33/5 "A grand singing competition", n.d.

Sub-series 2: New Zealand military units.

Description: This sub-series contains material related to concerts and other performances given by New Zealand military units during the First World War. This sub-series includes entertainment at convalescent hospitals and concert party performances.

File Description
File 1 Army (2 items)
PUBS2/4/2/1/1 New Zealand DSC Troupe [Date unknown].
PUBS2/4/2/1/2 New Zealand Convalescent Hospital - "The Ramblers" sketch and concert party. 20 October 1917.

Sub-series 3: United Kingdom units.

Description: This sub-series contains programs, tickets and advertising leaflets for concerts and other productions organised by members of the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army during the First World War. These programs were produced on the Western Front, in the United Kingdom and Iraq.

File Description
File 1 British Army (29 items)
PUBS2/4/3/1/1 "The Duke of Dudular", [unknown unit and date].
PUBS2/4/3/1/2 Division Pierrot Troupe, 22 December 1915.
PUBS2/4/3/1/3 First Seven Divisions, 15 December 1917.
PUBS2/4/3/1/4 British Salonika Force - GHQ Concert Party, December 1918.
PUBS2/4/3/1/5 [37 Division] - "The Barnowls" Concert Party, [date unknown].
PUBS2/4/3/1/6 37 Division Concert Party, "The Barn Owls", souvenir.
PUBS2/4/3/1/7 X4 Brussels
PUBS2/4/3/1/8 2 Garrison Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 3 May 1916.
PUBS2/4/3/1/9 Band of His Majesty's Irish Guards, [date unknown].
PUBS2/4/3/1/10 Band of the 1/6 Royal Scots, 9 October 1915.
PUBS2/4/3/1/11 "The Greys" Amateur Company, March 1916.
PUBS2/4/3/1/12 Band of His Majesty's Hampshire Regiment, 24 September 1916.
PUBS2/4/3/1/13 The Royal Ordnance Corps - "The Detonators", May 1919.
PUBS2/4/3/1/14 Royal Artillery Entertainers - "Sons of Guns", [1917].
PUBS2/4/3/1/15 101st Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery - The Heavies Concert Party, 6 September 1919.
PUBS2/4/3/1/16 358 Company ASC [Army Service Corps] (MT), 16-27 October 1917.
PUBS2/4/3/1/17 [358 Company ASC [Army Service Corps] (MT)], 27 October - 3 November 1917.
PUBS2/4/3/1/18 Advanced MT Depot Theatre - "Advaxeliers", December 1918.
PUBS2/4/3/1/19 Advanced MT Depot Theatre - "Advaxeliers", 1919.
PUBS2/4/3/1/20 610 Company ASC [Army Service Corps], December 1916.
PUBS2/4/3/1/21 771 MT Company, 13 September 1919.
PUBS2/4/3/1/22 "D" Company 50 Division RASC [Royal Army Service Corps], [date unknown].
PUBS2/4/3/1/23 "A" Company, No 5 Officer Cadet Battalion, 25 April 1917.
PUBS2/4/3/1/24 "C" & "D" Companies No 5 Officer Cadet Battalion, 23 February 1918.
PUBS2/4/3/1/25 27 Ambulance and Train Concert Party, 16 October 1917.
PUBS2/4/3/1/26 Norwich Munition Workers, 30 December 1916.
PUBS2/4/3/1/27 No 11 Convalescent Depot, 10 May 1917.
PUBS2/4/3/1/28 Desert Mounted Corps Rest Camp Concert Party - "The Whiz Bangs", 13 September 1918.
PUBS2/4/3/1/29 An elfresco concert given by 126 Concert Party, Passchendale, 25 June 1920.
File 2 Royal Air Force (2 items)
PUBS2/4/3/2/1 "The RAFs", 3 May 1918.
PUBS2/4/3/2/2 No 2 RFC [Royal Flying Corps] Cadet Wing, 28 November 1917.
File 3 Royal Navy (1 item)
PUBS2/4/3/3/1 Royal Navy, Australian, Royal and Canadian Engineers, 22 March 1917.

Sub-series 4: United States of America military units.

Description: This sub-series contains material related to concerts and other performances given by military units from the United States of America during the First World War. Included in this sub-series is material related to concerts given by the 132 Infantry USA band.

File Description
File 1 United States Army (2 items)
PUBS2/4/4/1/1 132 Infantry USA Band, 21 July 1918.
PUBS2/4/4/1/2 Camp Lewis - Liberty Theatre, 7 May 1918.

Sub-series 5: French military units.

Description: This sub-series contains material related to concerts and other performances given by French military units during the First World War. This sub-series includes concerts given by infantry battalions and military hospitals.

File Description
File 1 French Army units (3 items)
PUBS2/4/5/1/1 6 Division - "Poilus Circus", 3 February 1918.
PUBS2/4/5/1/2 6 Battalion de Chasseurs a Pied, [date unknown].
PUBS2/4/5/1/3 Hopital Militaire de Steenvoorde (Nord), 20 February 1916.

Sub-series 6: German military units.

Description: This sub-series contains material related to concerts and other performances given by German military units during the First World War.

File Description
File 1 German Army units (1 item)
PUBS2/4/6/1/1 Etapelhaus, Koln, July 1918.

Sub-series 7: Polish military units.

Description: This sub-series contains concert and theatre programs for performances by Polish military units. These events were held during the First World War. These programs have been written in both English and Polish.

File Description
File 1 Polish forces (1 item)
PUBS2/4/7/1/1 Reserve Unit of the Carpathian Rifles Brigade

SERIES 5: Benefit concerts

Description: This series contains items related to benefit concerts held during the First World. There are also some items for events related to the First World War but held afterwards. These programs and related souvenirs relate to performances staged in Australia and overseas to raise money for a variety of causes. Amongst these beneficiaries were the Belgian Relief Fund and wounded soldiers.

Sub-series 1: Australia

Description: This sub-series contains programs related to benefit concerts held throughout Australia between 1914 and 1919. The majority are from concerts held in Sydney and Melbourne but there are also programs from Adelaide, Perth and regional NSW concerts.

File Description
File 1 Benefit concerts for wounded and returned soldiers. (5 items)
PUBS2/5/1/1/1 Red Cross concert for Australia's wounded, School of Arts, Richmond, (NSW), 30 July 1915.
PUBS2/5/1/1/2 Cafe Chantant Bazaar and Fancy Dress Ball, in aid of our wounded soldiers, Town Hall, Sydney, 4 September 1915, under the auspices of the Amateur Sportsmen's Fund of NSW.
PUBS2/5/1/1/3 Fremantle Girls Society, Programme of a grand musical and dramatic entertainment for our wounded soldiers, Victoria Hall, 22 August 1916.
PUBS2/5/1/1/4 Military Hospital, Randwick, Complimentary Concert, to the Returned Soldiers, 31 January 1917.
PUBS2/5/1/1/5 Australia Day, Richmond [in aid of wounded soldiers], July [no year].
File 2 Benefit concerts for appeals, societies and organisations. (11 items)
PUBS2/5/1/2/1 Patriotic Matinee, Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney, in aid of the Lord Mayor's Fund, 3 September 1914.
PUBS2/5/1/2/2 Melba Patriotic Concert, The Auditorium, Melbourne, 10 September 1914.
PUBS2/5/1/2/3 -
PUBS2/5/1/2/4
Melba special concert in aid of the Belgian Relief Fund, Town Hall [Melbourne], 27 April 1915.
PUBS2/5/1/2/5 Concert in aid of the Belgian Relief Fund by members of the Melbourne Savage Club, Melbourne Town Hall, 5 May 1915.
PUBS2/5/1/2/6 Belgian Day, 14 May 1915, Gala Matinee in aid of National Belgian Relief Fund, Her Majesty's Theatre, [Sydney](Oversize item).
PUBS2/5/1/2/7 City of Prahran, Grand Patriotic and Red Cross Festival, Prahran Town Hall, in aid of the Prahran Patriotic and Red Cross Funds, April 1916.
PUBS2/5/1/2/8 Monster Benefit, Glaciarium [Sydney], 21 June 1917, proceeds to go to the French-Australia League of Help.
PUBS2/5/1/2/9 Margaret Morris Theatre in aid of the Terrace Balcony Garden and Rest House, 18-19 July [year unknown].
PUBS2/5/1/2/10 Grand German goncert [date unknown].

Sub-series 2: Benefit concerts held in the United Kingdom

Description: This sub-series contains programs related to benefit concerts held in the United Kingdom between 1915 and 1918. The majority of the programs are from concerts held in London. Included in the sub-series are items related to fundraising efforts to support soldiers as well as appeals, organisations and societies assisting with the war effort.

File Description
File 1 Fundraising concerts for soldiers. (6 items)
PUBS2/5/2/1/1 -
PUBS2/5/1/1/2
Matinee in aid of the Australian wounded soldiers, His Majesty's Theatre, 19 November 1915.
PUBS2/5/2/1/3 Grand Concert in aid of the King's Fund for disabled Officers and Men of the Army, Navy and Air forces, 8 November 1918.
PUBS2/5/2/1/4 Concert in aid of the British Committee of the French Red Cross, London Coliseum, 14 July 1918 [oversized]
PUBS2/5/2/1/5 A grand matinee concert for the benefit of Australian prisoners of war, 6 July [year unknown].
PUBS2/5/2/1/6 Concert to provide comforts for the 13 Reinforcements of the 27 Battalion, arranged by the Flinders Street Choir, 15 June 1916, Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide.
File 2 Benefit concerts for appeals, societies and organisations. (2 items)
PUBS2/5/2/2/1 Benefit concert by the Southern Command Depot, Garrison Theatre, Tidworth, 19 May 1918.
PUBS2/5/2/2/2 A pageant of fair women, Joan of Arc Day, 8 May 1917 in aid of the Three Arts Women's Employment Fund.

Sub-series 3: Benefit concerts held in other countries

Description: This sub-series contains programs and some expenditure receipts for benefit concerts held overseas. Many of the programs are from French concerts but there are programs from Belgian, USA, Egyptian and South African concerts. These events were held between 1914 and 1919.

File Description
File 1 Benefit concerts held in France and Belgium. (11 items)
PUBS2/5/3/1/1 Matinee du 15 Novembre 1914, Hopitaux Auxiliaires 27 & 56.
PUBS2/5/3/1/2 Concert Offert aux Blesses de l'Hopital Auxilliaire No 56, 24 April 1916.
PUBS2/5/3/1/3 Concert au profit des Refugies, 7 March 1918, Le Havre.
PUBS2/5/3/1/4 L'Arlesienne: representation de Bienfaisance, donnee au profit des oevres de guerre des Armees Allies, Hopital Lyonnais, June 1918.
PUBS2/5/3/1/5 -
PUBS2/5/3/1/6
Anthee, Belgium, 1 January 1919, Children's fete day. [Advertisement]
PUBS2/5/3/1/7 -
PUBS2/5/3/1/8
Anthee, Belgium, 1 January 1919, Children's fete day. [Program]
PUBS2/5/3/1/9 -
PUBS2/5/3/1/10
Anthee, Belgium, 1 January 1919, Children's fete day. [Financial statements]
PUBS2/5/3/1/11 Lily White Pierrot Troupe, 6-10 November [year unknown].
File 2 Benefit concerts held in the United States of America. (1 item)
PUBS2/5/3/2/1 US Navy Music Festival by the National Committe of Music of the Department of Navy recreation, Women's Naval Service, Inc. for the purpose of providing music for the Navy (oversize item).
File 3 Benefit concerts held in Egypt. (2 items)
PUBS2/5/3/3/1 Khaki Benefit Concert, in aid of Baroness de Ronsart, Cairo Kursaal, 12 May 1916.
PUBS2/5/3/3/2 Concert by the Wattle Concert Party and Orchestra, Italian Cinema, Ismalia, 28 November 1918, in aid of the Australian Red Cross.
File 4 Benefit concerts held in South Africa. (1 item)
PUBS2/5/3/4/1 "Pakeka" Pierrot Performers, City Hall, Capetown, 29 October 1919, in aid of St Dunstan's Home for Blinded Soldiers.

SERIES 6: Concerts for the troops by organisations and societies

Description: This series includes material related to concerts produced by organisations and societies to entertain servicemen during the First World War. Styles range from hand-drawn to multi-page professionally produced items featuring advertisements, photographs and editorial material. Some feature cover illustrations by Tom Roberts, Cecil Hartt and W.Otho Hewett. Sub-series 1: Concerts held in the United Kingdom

Description: This sub-series contains programs for concerts held in the United Kingdom between 1915 and 1919. These concerts were coordinated by organisations and societies to entertain troops during the First World War. The majority of these events were held in London.

File Description
File 1 Concerts for servicemen. (17 items)
PUBS2/6/1/1/1 Concert given by Australian Artistes in London to the Australian Troops in England, 27 March 1915.
PUBS2/6/1/1/2 -
PUBS2/6/1/1/3
Mendelssohn's Elijah, sung to the Overseas Forces by the Huddersfield Glee and Madrigal Society, 24 November 1916.
PUBS2/6/1/1/4 A Grand Miscellaneous Concert for Soldiers of Overseas Forces, Huddersfield Glee and Madrigal Society, 25 November 1916.
PUBS2/6/1/1/5 Boxing Day Entertainment, for Sick and Wounded Soldiers by the Lord Mayor and Citizens of Bristol, 26 December 1916.
PUBS2/6/1/1/6 Battersea Town Hall, 9 January 1917.
PUBS2/6/1/1/7 Elijah, 27 October 1917.
PUBS2/6/1/1/8 A Potty Program, First Anniversary, Imperial Overseas Home, 8 December 1917.
PUBS2/6/1/1/9 Huddersfield Glee and Madrigal Society performances to members of the overseas forces..., 14-16 December 1917.
PUBS2/6/1/1/10 Haberdashers' Hall, reception of Overseas Officers, 26 April 1918.
PUBS2/6/1/1/11 Sir Charles and Lady Wyndham's entertainment to our wounded soldiers, 31 May 1918.
PUBS2/6/1/1/12 Special entertainment to wounded soldiers and sailors, The Victoria Palace, 27 June 1918.
PUBS2/6/1/1/13 Anglo-Saxon fellowship meeting, Central Hall, Westminster, 4 July 1918.
PUBS2/6/1/1/14 Royal Colonial Institute, Entertainment by the Council to Wounded Soldiers from Overseas, 30 September 1918.
PUBS2/6/1/1/15 Jewish Girls Club, Aldgate, "the Bluebells". 1 December 1918.
PUBS2/6/1/1/16 Entertainment to wounded soldiers in the hall...7 December 1918.
PUBS2/6/1/1/17 Entertainment to members of the Australian Military and Naval Forces, Royal Albert Hall, Boxing Day 1918.
File 2 Concerts held at Australia House (3 items)
PUBS2/6/1/2/1 Smoking concert - 1 December 1918.
PUBS2/6/1/2/2 Smoking concert - 13 April 1919.
PUBS2/6/1/2/3 Smoking concert - 3 November [year unknown].
File 3 ANZAC Club (7 items)
PUBS2/6/1/3/1 -
PUBS2/6/1/3/2 -
PUBS2/6/1/3/3 -
PUBS2/6/1/3/4
Victoria Palace - 19 October 1917.
PUBS2/6/1/3/5 -
PUBS2/6/1/3/6 -
PUBS2/6/1/3/7
Central Hall Westminster - 24 June 1916.
File 4 Australian Natives' Association concerts. (4 items)
PUBS2/6/1/4/1 Caxton Hall Westminster - 26 January 1916.
PUBS2/6/1/4/2 -
PUBS2/6/1/4/3 -
PUBS2/6/1/4/4
Connaught Rooms - 26 January 1917.

Sub-series 2: Concerts held in other countries

Description: This sub-series contains programs and advertisements for concerts and clubs that hosted events to entertain servicemen overseas. The programs are from concerts held in Egypt, Italy, South Africa as well as France and Belgium between 1915 and 1919.

File Description
File 1 Concerts held in Egypt. (1 item)
PUBS2/6/2/1/1 Soldiers' Recreation Club, Ezbekiah Gardens, Cairo, September 1915.
File 2 Concerts held in Italy. (1 item)
PUBS2/6/2/2/1 Patriotic League of Britons overseas, concert in Genoa, Italy on 19 February [year unknown].
File 3 Concerts held in France and Belgium. (3 items)
PUBS2/6/2/3/1 -
PUBS2/6/2/3/2
Hand-lettered oversized posters advertising revue shows for the 'Machonichie Minstrels - Drury Lane - 7.30pm - 2 francs' and 'Machonichie Minstrels - Palladium - 7.30pm', [France,1918?] [Oversize].
PUBS2/6/2/3/3 American Kursaal, no date.
File 4 Concerts held in South Africa. (1 item)
PUBS2/6/2/4/1 Entertainment of visiting troops. Railway Institute, Capetown. 6-9 August 1919.

SERIES 7: Prisoner of war and internment camp concerts

Description: This series includes items made by prisoners of war for concerts held in German POW camps. At Steinhorst the prisoners produced decorative programs for each weekly concert held on Sundays. These were created with ink that they had made themselves. Included in this series is a photo of officers who produced a performance of the play Review.

Another interesting collection of items are those from the German internment camps at Trial Bay and Holdsworthy. The programs in this collection are postcard size items, most in black and white. Some are in colour. All show a very strong graphic style which make them most attractive.

Sub-series 1: Prisoner of War camps

Description: This sub-series contains concert programs made by prisoners of war in Germany. The concerts were held between 1916 and 1918. Many of the programs were hand-drawn by French-Belgian prisoners at Steinhorst. There are also a number of programs from performances given by the Theatrical Society of the Allied Officers' Prison Camp at Newbrandenburg.

This sub-series also contains a program for a play performed by the British Amateur Dramatic Society (B.A.D.S.) for captured British officers held at Holzminden Internment Camp. Included in this sub-series is a photo of unknown officers who produced a performance of the play Review. It is believed that these officers are related to the B.A.D.S. program.

File Description
File 1 Germany (24 items)
PUBS2/7/1/1/1 Little Palace Spectacle, 21 January 1917.
PUBS2/7/1/1/2 Concert by British prisoners of war, Dulmen Lager, December 1916.
PUBS2/7/1/1/3 British Concert, Camp Theatre Dulmen, 9 October 1918.
PUBS2/7/1/1/4 British Theatre, Schneidlemuhl. February 1918.
PUBS2/7/1/1/5 British Amateur Dramatic Society, 27 July 1918.
PUBS2/7/1/1/6 Photograph of officers, Germany, n.d.
PUBS2/7/1/1/7 Officers' Prison Camp, Newbrandenburg, 6 October.
PUBS2/7/1/1/8 Officers' Prison Camp, Newbrandenburg, 20 October.
PUBS2/7/1/1/9 Officers' Prison Camp, Newbrandenburg, 7 November 1917.
PUBS2/7/1/1/10 Officers' Prison Camp, Newbrandenburg, 17 November 1917.
PUBS2/7/1/1/11 Officers' Prison Camp, Newbrandenburg, n.d.
PUBS2/7/1/1/12 Officers' Prison Camp, Newbrandenburg, n.d.
PUBS2/7/1/1/13 Camp de Steinhorst, 11 June 1916.
PUBS2/7/1/1/14 Camp de Steinhorst, 18 June 1916.
PUBS2/7/1/1/15 Camp de Steinhorst, 23 June [1916]
PUBS2/7/1/1/16 Camp de Steinhorst, 9 July 1916.
PUBS2/7/1/1/17 Camp de Steinhorst, 21 July 1916.
PUBS2/7/1/1/18 Camp de Steinhorst, 30 July 1916.
PUBS2/7/1/1/19 Camp de Steinhorst, 23 April 1916.
PUBS2/7/1/1/20 Camp de Steinhorst, 17 September 1916.
PUBS2/7/1/1/21 Camp de Steinhorst, 17 September 1916.
PUBS2/7/1/1/22 Camp de Steinhorst, 3 December 1916
PUBS2/7/1/1/23 Camp de Steinhorst, Christmas [1916]
PUBS2/7/1/1/24 Camp de Steinhorst, n.d.

Sub-series 2: Internment camps

Description: This sub-series includes play bills and programs made by German prisoners at the Trial Bay and Holdsworthy Camps in Australia during the First World War. Some of the items are in colour but most are in black and white.

File Description
File 1 Trial Bay Camp, Australia (15 items)
PUBS2/7/2/1/1 'Programm', 29 November 1915.
PUBS2/7/2/1/2 'Schubert Abend', 12 August 1916.
PUBS2/7/2/1/3 'Der Herr Senator', Deutsches Theatre, 18 August 1916.
PUBS2/7/2/1/4 'Das Stiftungsfest', Deutsches Theatre, 16-18 August 1916.
PUBS2/7/2/1/5 'Bunter Abend', Deutsches Theatre, 26-28 August 1916.
PUBS2/7/2/1/6 'Bunter Abend', Deutsches Theatre, 9-11 September 1916.
PUBS2/7/2/1/7 -
PUBS2/7/2/1/8
'Bunter Abend', Deutsches Theatre, 7-9 October 1916.
PUBS2/7/2/1/9 'Bunter Abend', Deutsches Theatre, 23 October 1916.
PUBS2/7/2/1/10 'Erziehung Zur Ehe', Deutsches Theatre, 9-11 December 1916.
PUBS2/7/2/1/11 'Im weissen Ross'L', Deutsches Theatre, 25-26 December 1916.
PUBS2/7/2/1/12 'Als ich wiederkam', Deutsches Theatre, 13-14 February 1917.
PUBS2/7/2/1/13 'Mein Baby', 3-4 July 1917.
PUBS2/7/2/1/14 'Ein Toller Einfall', 19-20 July 1917.
PUBS2/7/2/1/15 'Die selige Enzellenz', Deutsches Theatre, 11-11 September 1917.
File 2 Holdsworthy (10 items)
PUBS2/7/2/2/1 'Die Ehre', 18 September 1915.
PUBS2/7/2/2/2 'Durgh die Lupe', drawing, 1915.
PUBS2/7/2/2/3 'Zweites Konzert des VDM', January 1916.
PUBS2/7/2/2/4 'Nora', 22 October 1918.
PUBS2/7/2/2/5 'Special orders by Major GAH Aitch', 12 November 1918.
PUBS2/7/2/2/6 'Der Schwabesstreich', n.d.
PUBS2/7/2/2/7 'Hinterm Stacheldraht', n.d.
PUBS2/7/2/2/8 'Monatshefte', n.d.
PUBS2/7/2/2/9 DTL, n.d.
PUBS2/7/2/2/10 'Die drei Liebhaber', DTL, n.d.

SERIES 8: Concert programs and tickets

Description: This series features items related to concerts held to farewell and welcome home troops during the First World War. The two items from St Kilda list the names of those who were to recieve presentations.

Sub-series 1: Farewell concerts

Description: This sub-series contains programs for concerts and other events held to farewell troops during the First World War. Included in this sub-series is a program farewelling the well-known baritone singer Peter Dawson. Also included are items related to farewell events organised by troops.

File Description
File 1 Concerts honouring individuals. (2 items)
PUBS2/8/1/1/1 Mr and Mrs H Holt, Octagon Convalescent Home, 14 March 1916.
PUBS2/8/1/1/2 Private Peter Dawson, June 1918.
File 2 Concerts honouring units. (1 item)
PUBS2/8/1/2/1 Australian Army Mechanical Transport Corps, 11 December 1916.

Sub-series 2: Welcome home concerts.

Description: This sub-series contains concert programs for welcome home events for troops following the end of the First World War. These events were held between 1918 and 1920. Included in this sub-series are items related to concerts held to welcome troops back to their home towns as well as events honouring the return of individuals such as General Sir William Birdwood.

File Description
File 1 Concerts held in Australian towns and cities. (2 items)
PUBS2/8/2/1/1 St Kilda Patriotic Committee - 4 December 1918.
PUBS2/8/2/1/2 City of St Kilda - 14 May 1919.
File 2 Concerts honouring individuals. (2 items)
PUBS2/8/2/2/1 Captain The Honourable Campbell Carmichael, M.C., MLA.
PUBS2/8/2/2/2 General Sir William Birdwood, 26 January 1920..

SERIES 9: Entertainment after the war

Description: This series contains programs for performances and other events held after the First World War. These performances were organised for a variety of purposes including fundraising for various returned soldiers organisations and appeals. This series also includes programs for plays exhibiting a military theme.

Sub-series 1: Australia

Description: This sub-series contains programs for performances held in Australia after the First World War. These performances were held between 1918 and 1936. Included in this sub-series is a program for the screening of a film about the first British concert party, Splinters. Also included are programs related to fundraising for veteran appeals.

File Description
File 1 NSW (2 items)
PUBS2/9/1/1/1 Sydney - "Splinters".
PUBS2/9/1/1/2 "Grand Orchestral Concert", NSW State Conservatorium Orchestra.
File 2 Victoria (2 items)
PUBS2/9/1/2/1 "Orders are orders", Melbourne Church of England Grammar School, War Memorial Hall, June 1936.
PUBS2/9/1/2/2 "Programme", Limbless Soldiers Association, Victoria.
File 3 ACT (1 item)
PUBS2/9/1/3/1 "Journey's End", Albert Hall, Canberra, 22 October [1931?], proceeds in aid of the War Veteran's Home appeal. (Oversize).

Sub-series 2: Other countries

Description: This sub-series contains programs for entertainment held in countries other than Australia after the First World War. These performances were held from 1919 to approximately 1938. This is a miscellaneous group of programs related to the inter-war period. This sub-series includes programs from reunions.

File Description
File 1 Other countries. (5 items)
PUBS2/9/2/1/1 "Ali Baba", Q.A.D.C., Quetta, Xmas 1930.
PUBS2/9/2/1/2 "Grand Concert", Anglo-Palestinian Club, June 1938.
PUBS2/9/2/1/3 Children's Concert, Anzac Hostel, Cairo, 31 May 1919.
PUBS2/9/2/1/4 Organisation Juive Maccabi, le Caire, Premiere Matinee Symphonique, 6 July 1919.
PUBS2/9/2/1/5 "Dick Whittington", 85th Field Ambulance, London, 17 March 1931.
PUBS2/9/2/1/6 "Henry V", The Old Vic with Sadler's Wells, April-May 1937.

SERIES 10: Personal collections

Description: This series contains large personal collections of concert and theatre performances from the First World War that were collated by individual servicemen. Included in this series is a collection of concert and theatre programs and related souvenirs from France, Belgium and Greece that were collected by Mr Robert Luks who served with the Royal Australian Naval Bridging Team during the First World War.

Sub-series 1: Luk collection

Description: This sub-series contains concert and theatre programs and related items from the First World War. These items were collected by Mr Robert Emile Luk. Robert Luk served with the Royal Australian Naval Bridging Team during the First World War.

File Description
File 1 European programs (25 items)
PUBS2/10/1/1/1 "L'Abri"
PUBS2/10/1/1/2 "Concert-Tombola", 1916.
PUBS2/10/1/1/3 "Les Vainqueurs de la Marne"
PUBS2/10/1/1/4 -
PUBS2/10/1/1/5
"V. Concert-Matinee", Nouvelle salle de la tour blanche.
PUBS2/10/1/1/6 "Grande seance patriotique", A la Maison des Oeuvres Sociales, 1917.
PUBS2/10/1/1/7 "Grande Matinee Recreative", Salle des fetes de L'immaculee-Conception
PUBS2/10/1/1/8 Cinema Theatre de Lucon
PUBS2/10/1/1/9 "Soiree artistique", Le Foyer du Soldat
Regiment de La Garde
PUBS2/10/1/1/10 Regiment de La Garde
PUBS2/10/1/1/11 Federation des patronages de France Section d'Altenstadt
PUBS2/10/1/1/12 "Grande Matinee Artistique"
PUBS2/10/1/1/13 "26e Reunion Patriotique & Religieuse"
PUBS2/10/1/1/14 Appel
PUBS2/10/1/1/15 Theatre des Varietes, D'ete de la Tour Blanche
PUBS2/10/1/1/16 "II. Concert-Matinee", Nouvelle salle de la tour blanche
PUBS2/10/1/1/17 S.S.B.M. Hopital-Auxiliaire No. 1
PUBS2/10/1/1/18 "II. Concert-Matinee", Nouvelle salle de la tour blanche
PUBS2/10/1/1/19 Mutualitie Maternalle, 1916
PUBS2/10/1/1/20 251me Representation de l'Oevure du Theatre aux Armees
PUBS2/10/1/1/21 "Seance donnee par Les Blesses", Hopital-Auxiliaire N5C
PUBS2/10/1/1/22 Grande Soiree de Gala, 1916
PUBS2/10/1/1/23 "Abri Du Soldat"
PUBS2/10/1/1/24 "Service du Ravitaillement"
PUBS2/10/1/1/25 "Seance Recreative Donnee Le 26 Juillet 1917", Parc Aeronautique.

 

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