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Periscope : unofficial mouthpiece of the 1st Battalion N.Z. Rifle Brigade (Earl of Liverpool's Own) and Divisional Ammunition Column

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  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    Periscope : unofficial mouthpiece of the 1st Battalion N.Z. Rifle Brigade (Earl of Liverpool's Own) and Divisional Ammunition Column
  • Contributor/Publisher
    Officers & men of the Reinforcement
  • Place
  • Date
  • Physical Description

    v. ; 22 cm.

  • Serial Holdings
    Current Holdings: Nov 1915
  • Level of Current Record
    Bib record
  • Edition/State/Version
    2nd edition
  • Subject Category
  • Public Access Text

    New Zealand troopship magazine. As transport no. 30 the "Maunganui" carried the 1st Rifle Brigade, departing Wellington, New Zealand 9 October 1915 and arriving Suez 17 November 1915. O.C. Troops was Major W.S. Austin and Ship's Master L. Worrall. Includes nominal roll of troops. The official history of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade was compiled by Major William Austin and published in 1924 (Armed Services Collection D 547.N5).

    The following description of the production of "The periscope" is taken from p. 17 of Austin's history: "On the "Maunganui," the ship's disused printing-press was commandeered, and a weird and wonderful magazine, called "The Periscope," was produced. It was an eight-paged paper, printed with decrepit type and faded ink, on such sheets of absorbent paper as could be spared from the battalion orderly- room; a poor thing, doubtless, but nevertheless prized as being entirely our own. At Fremantle, by means of judicious purchases, the type-founts were augmented and a supply of paper and ink laid in, and as a result there blossomed forth, before we reached our destination, a second number of the magazine, somewhat thin in bulk, yet resplendent in its crimson binding and gold lettering. An endeavour had been made to secure a green cover, as more fitting for a Rifle Brigade paper, but the resources of Fremantle proved to be limited."

  • Associated Notes

    Digitised copy available to view online in pdf format

  • Collection Type
    New Zealand Serials
  • Copyright
    All rights reserved
  • Last Update
    17 May 2024
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