David Barker, A bird’s eye view (1918, pen and ink on postcard, 8.7 x 13.8 cm, AWM ART94783).
Australian soldiers wrote about their experiences for newspapers and magazines, which they self-published on ships, in the trenches and at their bases. Delivered to over 13,000 troops each month, The Kia-ora Coo-ee was one of the most successful of these publications. One of the most famous contributors was Banjo Patterson, who wrote several poems and short stories while serving as an officer in Egypt.
What was the purpose of this type of magazine?