Topic: Gen - Query Club
The Query Club
26 August 1914
The large scale of the Great War often gave people a sense of alienation from the activities of the government and the army. To overcome this, newspapers of the day commenced columns called Query Club or similar names, where ordinary people could clarify their understanding of the complex processes. They also provide us, the historians, an insight into witnessing first hand, the responses of the various bodies to public concerns. The end product is a window into a society now almost out of living memory.
This is the Query Club from the Sydney Mail, 26 August 1914, p. 42.
R.N. asks how a deserter from the Royal Australian Navy would be treated on surrendering at present.
He would be granted a free pardon provided he was prepared to return to duty.
VESSELS IN HARBOUR.
"Newcastle" asks if the vessels in Australian harbours when war was declared are now the property of the Commonwealth;
No; these vessels may be detained till the war is over but they cannot be confiscated unless their owners are paid for them.
WHO DECLARED WAR?
"Inverness" asks whether German declared war on Britain, or Britain, on Germany.
The point is uncertain. Cable messages have stated it both ways, whilst the official British announcement, through the Governor-General, simply stated that a state of war existed between the two countries.
Citation: Query Club, 26 August 1914