A nation changed forever
When war was declared on Germany in 1914, Australia pledged to support Britain ‘to the last man and the last shilling’. Many people were enthusiastic, excited by the promise of adventure and the chance for Australia to prove itself as a nation. In 1918, by the war's end, about 60,000 Australian soldiers were dead and twice as many had been injured. Australia and its people were changed forever.
The National Museum pays tribute to all those who fought for Australia, and to the families who loved them.
Defining moment in Australian history
On 25 April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. This defining moment in Australian history commemorates the landing at what is now called Anzac Cove.
The Home Front exhibition
Through personal stories, this National Museum exhibition looks at life on the home front during the First World War, exploring Australians’ choices, opportunities and challenges in a time of heightened emotions.
Remembering 1914–18 interactive
Remembering 1914–18 is a new interactive seeking to create a national online connection to the people and events of the First World War. You can get involved by uploading an image of an object from 1914–18, and the story behind it.Explore Remembering 1914–18
First World War films
Rare footage of life on the home front in Australia during the First World War, as part of a project by the National Museum in partnership with the National Film and Sound Archive.