War

Five splendid workers of No 8 General, c 1917,  Traill is second from the right, MS 7975

Jessie Traill: An artist at war

November 29, 2018

Our stories, War:

During World War I Jessie Traill spent five years serving as a British Voluntary Aid Detachment. Her war experience is recorded through photographs, sketches, written accounts and letters to friends.

Remembering the Armistice, 100 years on

Remembering the Armistice, 100 years on

November 9, 2018

Our stories, War:

Guns on the Western Front fell silent one hundred years ago, at 11am on 11 November 1918, bringing to an end what we remember as the First World War. 

Piecing together the lives of soldiers

Piecing together the lives of soldiers

April 20, 2018

Such was life, War:

This ANZAC Day we remember some Bendigo soldiers who are included in the Vincent Kelly photographic archive.

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.

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.