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Holden Cobbers' Club News

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The Cobbers' Club was formed to support and send comforts to Holden employees who joined the Armed Forces.

As published in the March, 1944 issue of Pointers:"Comforts for Cobbers" Club was registerd in July 1940, as a Patriotic Fund, with the folowing objectives: To send comforts to former employees of the Company serving in the Forces, and where found necessary after proper investigation, to provide relief to their dependents; and finally, to render some assistance towards the rehabilitation of the man himself." There were 565 "Cobbers" on the roll call.

Each month, they were sent food, particuarly fruit cake, personal items (shaving soap and razors, toothbrush and paste, etc) plus a copy of Pointers Magazine and the Cobbers' Club News.  From the many letters published from the troops, these were all greatly appreciated.

It seems that the troops were well supplied, as A.C.1. Robert Hutchenson wrote from Darwin: "The only thing that is a bit unnecessary for me here was the shaving soap. I have 5 sticks now, so should pretty much see out the war in that line"!

The News was produced on one foolscap page, printed on both sides, which was folded in the middle to make a four page leaflet.  They were issued nominally every week, but sometimes fortnightly.

The scans are longitudinal, so you will need to rotate them in your pdf reader to view them. 

 

Year Month Date Issue   Year Month Date Issue   Year Month Date Issue
                           
1943 Apr 09 96   1944 Jan 07 135   1945 Jan 05 186
                           
  Jun 25 107       21 137          
              28 138          
            Feb 04 139     Feb 09 190
  Jul 16 110       11 140          
    23 111       18 141          
                      Mar 02 193
            Mar 04 143       09 194
  Aug 13 114       17 145       16 195
    20 115       24 146       29 197
    27 116       31 147     Apr 05 198
            Apr 14 149          
  Sep 10 118       21 150          
    17 119     May 19 154       20 200
    24 120       26 155       27 201
  Oct 01 121               May 04 202
    08 122                 11 203
    15 123     Jun 16 158       18 204
    29 124       23 159       25 205
  Nov 05 125               Jun 01 206
    12 126     Jul 07 161       08 207
    19 127       14 162          
    24 128       21 163          
  Dec 03 129       28 164          
    10 130     Aug 04 165     Jul 13 212
    17 131       11 166          
    24 132       18 167       27 214
    31 133-134       25 168     Aug 03 215
            Sep 01 169       10 216
              22 172       24 217
              29 173       31 218
            Oct 20 176     Sep 07 219
              27 177       21 221
            Nov 03 178       28 222
              10 179     Oct 05 223
              17 180          
            Dec 01 182