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Centenary of the First World War

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.

An image of dawn at Anzac Cove
Image taken from Anzac Day booklet, 1916 published by the Queensland Department of Public Instruction (later the Department of Education). Photo: Sam Birch.
Black and white photo of a few Australian soldiers resting on or near their suitcase-sized water containers.

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.

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The Home Front

 

 

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.

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A detail from a postcard that features a soldier and a woman embracing.

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

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.

View the films