AustLit logo


y separately published work icon Demobilisation single work   drama   sketch (theatrical)   humour  
Issue Details: First known date: 1921... 1921 Demobilisation
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.

AbstractHistoryArchive Description

This sketch is presented in two parts: 1. 'How We Would Like It To Be' and 2. 'How It Really Was.' (See manuscript note below.)


  • The production details below are incomplete due to the inconsistency of newspaper reviews and advertising over the period. Demobilisation was, however, one of the more popular sketches presented by Pat Hanna's Famous Diggers, and would have very likely been staged at least once during each extended engagement in any city from 1922 onwards.

Production Details

  • 1921: Temperance Hall, Hobart, 28 April - 4 May. Director/Producer Pat Hanna ; Troupe The Famous Diggers ; Cast incl. Pat Hanna.

    1921: New Zealand tour, ca. June - October. Director/Producer Pat Hanna ; Troupe The Vice Regals ; Cast incl. Pat Hanna.

    1922: Esplanade, St Kilda (Melbourne), 23-29 March. Director/Producer Pat Hanna ; Troupe The Famous Diggers ; Cast incl. Pat Hanna.

    1926: Theatre Royal, Brisbane, 6-12 May. Director/Producer Pat Hanna ; Troupe Pat Hanna's Diggers ; Cast incl. Pat Hanna.

    1928: Gardens Theatre, Adelaide, ca. February. Producer J. C. Williamson's Ltd (in association with G. P. Hanna) ; Director Pat Hanna ; Troupe Pat Hanna's Famous Diggers ; Cast incl. Pat Hanna.

    • The program held in the Pat Hanna Collection (VPACRS) indicates that this sketch was produced during the fourteenth week of the Adelaide season.

  • This entry has been sourced from on-going historical research into Australian popular theatre being conducted by Professor Richard Fotheringham and Dr Clay Djubal.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1921
      Description: Typescript
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • This literary copyright registration script has the tile as Demobilisation - A comedy sketch in two panels, (a) As it could be; (b) As it should be


      Held at: National Archives of Australia National Archives Library
      Local Id: A1336 14220
      Copyright registration submitted by George Patrick Hanna (work enclosed).
Last amended 15 Oct 2013 10:17:35