Pages from Hunter Region in the Great War

SteveWilko

Department store Winn’s of Newcastle was offering a “Special War Outfit as required for use in Military-

Hospital (The outfit may be seen displayed in our No.4 Hunter St window)”. For 25 shillings and sixpence

the buyer got two suits of pyjamas, three flannel shirts, two handkerchiefs, two pairs of socks, two reels of

cotton, a packet of needles, two pencils, a letter pad, three packets of envelopes, a pen and nibs: all in a bag

that doubled as a pillow case.

Scott’s had a rival offer at a similar price which left out the pen and pencils but thoughtfully substituted

six bandages and a couple of towels. Breckenridge’s, on the other hand, advertised some skeins of wool

“suitable for knitting socks for the soldiers” and for those less handy or a little better off, “a very fine range

of knitted socks “so suitable for a present to those who are leaving for the seat of war”.

Some city retailers did their

best to make something positive

from the bad news of war.

Newcastle Morning Herald

advertisements for Scott’s (right)

and Winn’s (previous page)

offered to outfit soldiers for the

challenges ahead.

Troops of the 16th Infantry Regiment marching from National Park Street into Hunter Street, circa 1914.

Photo: State Library of NSW

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