Case 3: A Journalist's War

Hume Dow, whose father had attended the University of Melbourne then worked in literary journalism before becoming Australia's official representative in the USA in the 1920s and 30s, was educated at Staten Island Academy, New York, and Harvard University (graduating 1938). He then returned to Australia, had some engagement with the peace movement and soon moved through journalism into the Australian Army Educational Service, becoming a staffer and editor of Salt. Demobilized in 1946, he returned to journalism and after a teaching stint joined the staff of University of Melbourne English Department in 1953, retiring as Reader in 1981. He died in 1997. It is of interest that his future wife Gwyneth, then married to journalist Rohan Rivett, was one of the team of young women employed to collect data from households selected for the Prest Social Survey (see case 8).

  • Salt (an acronym of sea, air and land troops) was a weekly, then fortnightly, magazine produced by the A.A.E.S. from Victoria Barracks in Melbourne 1941-6 and distributed to all Australian troops in Australia and adjacent territories. The Service also produced other material, notably the Current Affairs Bulletin series which was taken up by the University of Sydney after the war.
  • Items relating to Dow's involvement as student chairman of the Harvard Committee of the Medical Bureau to Aid Spanish Democracy, 1937.
  • Ephemera relating to Dow's war service with the rank of Captain.
  • Corrected draft of typescript responding to criticisms of Salt.
  • Sample copies of Salt and of Current Affairs Bulletin 1944, 1945.
  • Manuscript of John Thompson's review of the reprinted edition of Leonard Mann's Flesh in Armour, set in the First World War.
  • Part of a contribution about the work of the Army Educational Libraries, with photographic illustration.
  • A contribution by F. Ryland about the Lae Swi (Two-Up) School, with photograph showing the roof modification to allow the coins to be spun freely.
  • Covering letter to an epic poem written by an Indian prison-of-war, now convalescing with 1 Aust. P.W. & I Unit and accompanying graphics.
  • Draft screen and sound-track sheet for a proposed documentary film on Salt.
  • Final issue of Salt, 22 April 1946, showing part of a spread of cartoon drawings of Salt staffers, captioned by Dow, whose cartoon is top left Capt. 'H.D' Next is the editor who preceded Dow until mid-1944, Major 'M.B.M.' (being Mungo Ballardie MacCallum, later a respected journalist and television critic who died in July 1999).