The Kangaroo – Now Online!

UCD Digital Library and UCD Library Special Collections are delighted to present The Kangaroo, a newspaper published in 1914 on-board the troopship HMAT Afric.

HMAT Afric carried the men of the 1st battalion Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during World War I. The first issue of the newspaper was published after the ship’s departure from Sydney on the 19th October, 1914, and publication ran until its arrival in Alexandria, Egypt on the 3rd December 1914. The newspaper was edited by Walter Wade, an Irish-born soldier in the AIF. This collection represents twenty-three issues of the paper, comprising of most issues published, along with variant editions and duplicates.

Detailed information about the collection was provided by Professor Erik Eklund, Keith Cameron Full Professor of Australian Studies, UCD School of History. The collection was kindly donated to UCD Library Special Collections by Frances Gillen, in 2015, on behalf of her father, John P. C. Goff. Frances Gillen is the grandniece of the editor, Walter Wade.

This collection gives a wonderful insight into the daily lives of the men on board the troopship, many of whom ended up on the Gallipoli Peninsula, and eventually at the western front in France and Belgium during World War I. Recorded in the newspaper are poems; fresh water supply updates; boxing results; eyewitness accounts of the engagements with the German warship, the Emden; details of transport collisions; a message from Field Marshal Kitchener; and a birth announcement for the on-board kittens.

View the collection online at

The UCD Digital Library is an institutionally supported, preservation-oriented digital repository that holds a heterogeneous collection of resources from UCD’s cultural heritage repositories and an increasing number of data assets captured or produced by UCD research activities. It is accessible at



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