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The Home Front: Australia during the First World War

Explore the effects of war on those at home, from Prime Minister Billy Hughes's determination to impose conscription on a divided nation, to Basil Watson's thrilling and ultimately tragic aerobatic displays in his homemade biplane, and May Gibbs's quaint postcards that carried messages of joy to soldiers at the front.

 

1914

Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo

28 June

Myer Emporium opens
in Melbourne


Sidney Myer
Sidney Myer
Businessman
10 July

Great Britain declares war on Germany

4 August

Foundation of the Australian Red Cross


Elizabeth Anderson
Betty Anderson
Nursing aid
Florence Faithfull
Florence Faithfull
Fundraiser
13 August

Australian forces capture German New Guinea

11–17 September

1915

Landing of Anzac troops
at Gallipoli


Phillip Schuler
Phillip Schuler
War Correspondent
25 April

Battle of Lone Pine

6 June

William 'Billy' Hughes becomes Prime Minister


Billy Hughes
Billy Hughes
Prime Minister
26 October

Evacuation of Gallipoli

19–20 December

1916

First Anzac Day

25 April

British Somme Offensive

1 July

Battle of Fromelles

19–20 July

Battle of Pozieres

23 July – 3 September

First conscription referendum


Daniel Mannix
Daniel Mannix
Archbishop
28 October

1917

USA enters the war

6 April

Aboriginal men allowed to enlist


Ngarrindjeri community
Ngarrindjeri community
May

Battle of Messines


Vincent Burns
Vincent Burns
Soldier
June

The Great Strike


Alfred Spain
Alfred Spain
Strike-breaker
August – September

Second conscription referendum

20 December

1918

Repatriation Department established

8 April

Battle of Villers-Bretonneux

24–25 April

Battle of Amiens

8 August

Battle of Montbrehain (AIF's last action on Western Front)

5 October

Armistice Day


Robert Menzies
Robert Menzies
Barrister
11 November
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