“The Kan-Karroo Kronikle” [Onboard Newsletter Of HMTS “Karroo”, WWI]
“The Kan-Karroo Kronikle” [Onboard Newsletter Of HMTS “Karroo”, WWI]
“The Kan-Karroo Kronikle” [Onboard Newsletter Of HMTS “Karroo”, WWI]
“The Kan-Karroo Kronikle” [Onboard Newsletter Of HMTS “Karroo”, WWI]
“The Kan-Karroo Kronikle” [Onboard Newsletter Of HMTS “Karroo”, WWI]
“The Kan-Karroo Kronikle” [Onboard Newsletter Of HMTS “Karroo”, WWI]
“The Kan-Karroo Kronikle” [Onboard Newsletter Of HMTS “Karroo”, WWI]
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“The Kan-Karroo Kronikle” [Onboard Newsletter Of HMTS “Karroo”, WWI]

1914. Letterpress booklet with lineblock illustrations, 50 autographs in ink by Australian troops and crew on pages 2 and 4, 24 x 16cm. Loose cover with vertical fold to centre, slight soiling, crinkles, minor wear, old fold.

The Kan-Karroo Kronikle was issued in one volume with continuous pagination. It runs from “October 28, 1914” to “December 2, 1914.” The issue numbers read from “1” to “11.” The newsletters’ editor and publishers were Sappers Norman Percy Harold Neal (Service no. 44) from Penrith, NSW and Henry Lawrence Scott (Service no. 55) from Bowden, SA in accordance with the “Amusement Committee.” Booklet held in NLA.

According to the booklet’s preface, the newsletters were originally produced in a typed format onboard the HMTS Karroo, while transporting Australian troops from Melbourne to Egypt on their way to combat in Europe. It includes humorous reports of life onboard the ship, poetry, letters to a “Penelope” (possibly referring to the wife of Ulysses who awaited his return in Homer’s Odyssey), snippets of news such as a report of the battle between HMAS Sydney and SMS Emden, and useful information including Arabic words for soldiers to use while in Egypt. Ref: AWM.

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Item #CL205-19

Price (AUD): $990.00  other currencies

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