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Empire Day is commemorated across Australia with a national day of prayer. Many sporting fixtures were abandoned and large congregations attended services at many churches across the nation. Hundreds who were unable to gain admission knelt in prayer in the church yards and prayed for the Empire.

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The Postmaster-General Mr Throsby offers to print and issue patriotic war stickers for any recognised body willing to support the idea. The money from the stamps would go towards the War Comfort Funds. In New Zealand, charity stamps had been released regularly since 1929 and these were found to be very profitable.

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Visit www.australianwarstories.com.au to find out what was happening on the day your relative enlisted.

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The Germans have reached Amiens in the north of France, fighting by tanks and other advanced units. The situation is said to conform somewhat, although to a much vaster scale, to that of 1916 and 1917 when attacks were carried out in quick succession without proper mopping up. French forces have evacuated Laon, between Amiens and Rethel.

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Mr Menzies has asked the people of Australia that their last ounce should go into the war, Brisbane’s Courier Mail reports. “This war must be won, or it will be lost. If it were to be lost, Australia would be flung into a pool of loot among various avaricious Powers. Standing alone, our strength is no greater than Holland’s or Belgium’s.”

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The last troop trains carrying the second contingent of the AIF arrive at “Little Australia” – the name given to the Australian area in Palestine. The camp is ready for occupation, with tents having been built, kitchens in perfect running order and cold shower-baths available the moment the hot, dusty troops reached the camp.

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Mr Richard Casey, the Australian Minister to Washington, said that despite recent hardship in war, Australia remained “undismayed”. He said that the war was much more than just a contest between countries. “I believe it is a premeditated attempt on the new world in order to get a general clean up. [The war] aims to make Germany master of the world,” he said. bit.ly/AusWarStories

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“Irrespective to what brand of politics the persons are attached,” the Cessnock Eagle and South Maitland Recorder say Australia should put “the best brains of the country” for the war effort and form a coalition government. As in the last war, Britain has recently formed a coalition government and the paper says Australia should take similar action.

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The Kalgoorlie Miner publishes Prime Minister Menzies’ appeal to the striking coal miners. “I must again express the hope that the men on strike will offer themselves for employment when the whistles blow,” he says. Ships are now being held up due to the strikes, and “the time for patience has finished.”

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