War

Poetry of the pongo

Poetry of the pongo

August 8, 2016

Such was life, War:

‘Pongo’ was a term used by Australian troops in World War One to refer to the common foot soldier of the infantry battalions. The songs, stories, art and verses of the pongos tells us much about the Australian soldiers who fought in the Great War.

WWI posters from the Library’s collection

WWI posters from the Library’s collection

April 21, 2016

Arts & literature, Social life & customs, Such was life, Visual arts, War:

State Library Victoria has a significant collection of British, French and Australian WWI posters. As the war progressed, changes emerge in the content and themes of the images; through recruitment, the symbolism of women and to our heroes on the Front.

H98.100/3885. "Sgt. G. Spedding enjoying Christmas dinner at Caulfield Military Hospital". ca. 1940-ca. 1941.

A very Argus Christmas

December 18, 2015

Such was life, War:

The Library’s Argus Collection consists of thousands of newspaper photographs, mainly related to WW1 and WW2, many of which have been digitised.

Public images of World War I: myth & reality

Public images of World War I: myth & reality

July 7, 2015

Such was life, War:

Read an extract from a talk by war correspondent and author Jill Jolliffe on the reporting of World War I and, in particular, the work of official historian C.E.W. Bean.

The Waler; a war horse

The Waler; a war horse

April 22, 2015

Such was life, War:

Walers became legendary with the Australian Light Horse for their feats of endurance and bravery on the battle field during WWI.

Death on the Pyramids

Death on the Pyramids

February 5, 2015

Such was life, War:

Some soldiers in Egypt during World War I were so taken by the pyramids, they decided to climb them, with tragic results.

First shot fired!

First shot fired!

August 1, 2014

Such was life, War:

On 5 August 1914, the day Australians learnt of the declaration of war, the German trading ship SS Pfalz was just leaving Port Phillip Bay. The ship had originally planned… Read More ›

World War I poetry

World War I poetry

April 23, 2014

Such was life, War:

From enlistment to conscription, to laments for the lost to our duty to England, war poetry spans all the hardship and reasoning of battle.

Samuel Figgis, librarian and soldier

Samuel Figgis, librarian and soldier

April 22, 2013

Such was life, War:

In August 1914, a young Samuel Figgis joined the Victorian Public Library as a library assistant, just after the outbreak of the Great War. Less than a year later he died on the beaches of the Dardanelles on his 20th birthday.

Greetings from the trenches: World War I postcards

Greetings from the trenches: World War I postcards

April 12, 2013

Such was life, War:

In 1916, Corporal Thomas O’Halloran sent dozens of embroidered souvenir postcards from the front lines in France to his father, wife and three children back home in Castlemaine.