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2001/45/2 Booklet, 'The Grey Sock', paper / metal, published by the Soldiers' Sock Fund, Australia, 1914-1918. Click to enlarge.

Booklet 'The Grey Sock'

This booklet was printed by the Soldiers' Sock Fund to provide instruction for knitting socks for soldiers during World War One. Proceeds from the sales of the booklet also went to the fund.

The Soldiers' Sock Fund was one of a number of comfort funds and organisations launched in the first two years of the First World War in Australia. Among the others were the Australian Branch of the British Red Cross, the Lord Mayor's Patriotic and War Fund of New South Wales and the Australian Comfort …


Object No.


Object Statement

Booklet, 'The Grey Sock', paper / metal, published by the Soldiers' Sock Fund, Australia, 1914-1918

Physical Description

Stapled 12 page booklet entitled 'The Grey Sock'. The cover reads: 'THE / Grey Sock / Proceeds of the Sale / to be devoted to the / Soldiers' Sock Fund'. Contains instructions for knitting grey wool socks. The instructions have been annotated in ink.


Annotations to printed text, handwritten in blue and black ink



102 mm


60 mm



The booklet was produced by the Soldiers' Sock Fund and all proceeds from its sale went to the fund.

It is likely that the booklet was published in 1914 or 1915 as most funds were integrated into the Australian Comfort Funds or the Red Cross from 1916.



The hand-written annotations suggest that this book was actually used for knitting socks.

The booklet was donated to the Macleay Museum and has been transferred to the Museum.


Credit Line

Gift of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney, 2001

Acquisition Date

30 May 2001

Cite this Object


Booklet 'The Grey Sock' 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 November 2022, <>


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