War

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.

The Major Moon Collection

The Major Moon Collection

April 1, 2013

Such was life, War:

Major Arthur Moon was an Australian surgeon and POW in the Tamuang and Chungkai camps during World War II. He worked alongside Sir Edward (Weary) Dunlop and performed up to… Read More ›

From Ararat to the Dardanelles: World War I through newspapers

From Ararat to the Dardanelles: World War I through newspapers

March 25, 2013

Such was life, War:

Over 70 Victorian newspapers covering 1914 to 1918 are now freely available on Trove, the digitised Australian newspapers website. These titles have been digitised to support the commemoration of the… Read More ›

World War I colour patches

World War I colour patches

February 26, 2013

Such was life, War:

Colour patches were worn on Australian soldiers’ uniforms to show which unit they belonged to. For men in the infantry battalions, the colour on the upper part of their patch… Read More ›

‘Death ballots’: Australia’s World War I conscription referendums

‘Death ballots’: Australia’s World War I conscription referendums

December 19, 2012

Such was life, War:

On 28 October 1916 the first of two controversial conscription referendums was held in Australia. Military training for men between 18 and 60 had been compulsory since 1911, but the… Read More ›