The Publicist

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The Publicist was a monthly Australian literary magazine published from July 1936 to March 1942. The publication was started by William John Miles. The publication was mildly nationalist and wanted to 'arouse in Australians a positive feeling, a distinctive Australian patriotism of a thoroughly realistic kind'[1] The publication also was a strange mix of anti-British, anti-communist, anti-Semitic, pro-fascist and pro-Aboriginal sentiments reflecting the socialist feelings of some of the contributors.[2]

Out of this publication grew the Australia First Movement formed officially in November 1941.[3] The Publicist ceased publication March 1942 when several members of Australia First Movement were secretly interned during World War II.


  1. Fact sheet 28 – Australia First Movement
  2. Miles, William John (1871-1942)
  3. Australia-First Movement, by Barbara Winter, p. 9

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