|Haidi Beard with the first issue of "Aussie"|
The final wartime issue appeared in April 1919 as the last Australian troops left for home. In the colloquial language of its editor, the magazine was “demobbed” but, like other “dinkum Aussies”, looked forward to having a role in civilian life. In 1920 a flyer announced that “Aussie is now in civvies” and the magazine lived on until 1931. By then the world was changing, the Depression was biting deep into Australian life and perhaps the magazine’s larrikin optimism would not have survived a second global war. But its role in boosting morale, building community and cementing links between diggers and those at home was a proud one.
Story by Miniata