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Highlights from the National Museum of Australia's upcoming exhibition program.

The Home Front: Australia during the First World War

FREE ENTRY | Opens 3 April 2015

Black and white photograph of numerous people sitting and standing on a truck. Several people are waving flags.
Participants in the 1918 Armistice Day celebrations, Flinders Street, Townsville. Courtesy CityLibraries Townsville, Local History Collection.

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, this exhibition looks at life on the home front and the pride, sorrow, passion, wonder and joy experienced by those far from the battlefields.

Through personal stories, The Home Front: Australia during the First World War explores Australians’ choices, opportunities and challenges in a time of heightened emotions. We look at 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.

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Opens 26 November 2015. National Museum of Australia.

The Encounters exhibition will:

  • reveal the diverse contacts that occurred between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and British explorers and settlers during the early years of European colonisation.
  • highlight the complex histories of the objects that come from these encounters, and reveal their continuing significance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians today.
  • be the first time much of this material will have been seen in Australia since its original collection.
  • be a catalyst for acknowledging our entwined histories, and will prompt Australians to consider the continuing legacies of these encounters.

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