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Brother Billjim
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Creator : Fewster, Jack
Place Of Creation : [Adelaide, S. Aust.?]
Publisher : J. Fewster?
Date of creation : 1919
Format : Sheet music
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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'Billjim' was a term used to describe the typical Australian soldier of the First World War and was derived from two of the most popular male names used in Australia, Bill and Jim.
When service personnel began to return home to Australia, many found that their previous jobs were no longer available.
A committment was made by the state governments to repatriate and compensate the returned servicemen through the creation of soldier settlement schemes and the employment of returned soldiers in the public service.

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Coverage year : 1919
Period : 1919-1927
Further reading :

Downing, W. H. W.H. Downing's Digger dialects / edited by J.M. Arthur & W.S. Ramson, Melbourne : Oxford University Press in association with Australian War Memorial, 1990

Damousi, Joy. The labour of loss : mourning, memory and wartime bereavement in Australia, Cambridge ; Melbourne : Cambridge University Press, 1999

Damousi, Joy. Living with the aftermath : trauma, nostalgia and grief in post-war Australia, Cambridge ; Melbourne : Cambridge University Press, 2001

Laugesen, Amanda. Diggerspeak : the language of Australians at war, South Melbourne, Vic. : Oxford University Press, 2005

Holmes, Robyn. The collector's book of sheet music covers, Canberra : National Library of Australia, 2001

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