DIGITISED@SLQ - THE BUZZER, 1917
The Buzzer was written on board Transport 72 during its homeward voyage in November 1917.
This review in The Worker in December 1918 calls it "by far the most artistic and elegantly produced journal of its kind that has yet reached this office". The last sentence, which is a little hard to decipher, ends "the cover paper is Australian made, having been turned out of the Barwon paper mills, Victoria."
Ten nurses accompanied the 900 men and 31 officers on Transport 72. They were led by Matron Lily Jane Rinder, who had enlisted on 19 September 1916 and finally returned to Australian on 5 January 1919. More information can be found about Matron Rinder on the World War 1 Australian Army Nursing Service webpage and you can see her enlistment form here.
The Buzzer's editor was Gilbert "Gunner" Taylour. He has been confused in the history books with George Cuthbert Taylour, according to Martin Sullivan. In a review of the "Red Flag Riots" appearing in Australian Historical Studies, vol. 23, no. 92 (1989), p. 322-323, Sullivan says that the family of George Cuthbert Taylour was anxious to have the record show that it was he who was jailed after the Red Flag riots in Brisbane in 1919, not Gilbert Taylour. Gilbert "Gunner" Taylour may have been less radical, but he was still active after the war, associated with organizations such as the Queensland Development League and the Queensland Preference League.
About The Buzzer
WORLD OF RECREATION. (1918, December 5). Worker (Brisbane, Qld. : 1890 - 1955), p. 12. Retrieved November 20, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72188287
About Digger Journalism
"Digger Journalism on Land and Sea" (1920 column). Aussie: The Australian Soldiers Magazine, vol. 2 no. 17, 15 July 1920 (p.19-21)