At the end of WWI, great efforts were made to ensure that Australia’s servicemen were welcomed back in appropriate style. There must have been many ‘welcome home’ dinners!
Ernest Henry West Crossley and Albert Frederick Aldersley, both members of the Returned Soldiers Association in Victoria, obviously felt that a special effort was needed to ensure these ‘Welcome Home’ dinners were a success. They copyrighted their creative idea for a menu, but I don’t know whether it was ever picked up and put into use! I’m not sure whether the puns are lightly amusing a simply awful…
‘Diggers, we MENU to enjoy yourselves.
To obtain a SOUP -erabundance of good
things, may no o- FISH -ious person
obstruct you ENTREE into…’
And so on. People attending these dinners must have had strong stomachs!