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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have fought alongside other Australians in every war, but their presence and contribution has not been acknowledged until recently.
This exhibition tells the story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who fought on behalf of their country before they were recognised as citizens. Visitors will hear individual experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers and how this war impacted on their lives and the lives of their families.
Image: Private Alfred Cameron South Australian Museum Archives Nancy Taylor collection AA 985
Mephisto (in collaboration with Queensland Museum)
In collaboration with the Queensland Museum the Australian War Memorial will be displaying Mephisto, the only surviving German A7V tank from the First World War. Mephisto will then return to Queensland Museum Southbank for display in redeveloped galleries.
Railways played an essential logistical part on the battle fields of Europe and the Middle East, and at home in support of a far-away conflict. From recruitment trains that arrived at stations in country town across Australia, to the troop trains transporting soldiers and nurses to their point of departure, train-side farewells were felt in every state and territory of Australia. In the theatre of war, the hard work, stoicism and sheer courage of men operating railways in adverse conditions on the front exemplified the fighting spirit and camaraderie of Australians.
Railways 1914 – 1918 presents a thought provoking mix of personal stories, imagery and objects that explores the role of railways at home and on the front in the war to end all wars, the First World War.
A diverse range of items from the MAAS collection offers fascinating insights into World War I and its enduring impact on Australian society.
Objects including engines, weapons, X-rays and a prosthetic arm demonstrate the impact of World War I on innovation in science, technology and medicine. Gain insight into the emotional, physical and psychological cost of war and its wider cultural impact on Australia as a developing nation.
The Australian War Memorial loaned the iconic Menin Gate Lions and the Will Longstaff painting, Menin Gate at midnight, to the Canadian War Museum until mid-2015 for its exhibition on the fighting in Ypres in 1917, Mud, Blood and Memory.
The Lions will be loaned to the city of Ieper in Belgium in 2017. The lions were originally gifted to Australia in 1935 by the city of Ieper in recognition of the service of Australians in Flanders during the First World War. They had stood either side of the ‘Menin Gate’ on the medieval wall around Ieper. Almost every one of the 12,000 Australians who died on the Ieper Salient marched past the lions. The lions will be placed on the Menin road, immediately in front of the Menin Gate.
Following the Dawn Service, the Museum’s Anzac Day programme will include performances from Auckland Choral, Auckland Youth Choir and Auckland Girls’ Choir and a performance by the New Zealand Dance Company drawn from their acclaimed show Rotunda. There will also be a talk by writer Gavin Strawhan and director Peter Burger about their TVNZ drama series When We Go to War, guided tours, poetry readings, poppy making sessions, collection displays and talks, diary readings and a screening of the Auckland episode of the HISTORY Channel’s Tony Robinson’s Tour of Duty.
Explore the Gallipoli campaign in an exhibition featuring the interactive world of Minecraft®. This hugely popular online game is about breaking and placing blocks. Over the past year students from Alfriston College in Auckland have re-created the landscape of 1915 Gallipoli in Minecraft®, block by block. Working with the Museum’s staff and utilising our First World War collections, the students have learnt about the experiences of the New Zealand soldiers in the 1915 campaign.
The Gallipoli in Minecraft® world will be available to download from 25 April.
Over four nights in the lead up to and on Anzac Day, the Auckland War Memorial Museum will project free ‘illuminate’ screenings on its facade featuring a specially created film taken from TVNZ’s new First World War drama series, When We Go to War. The museum will also be screening rarely seen photographs of New Zealanders at Gallipoli, from the Museum’s recently published book, The Anzacs.
On Anzac night, the Museum will screen the Dawn Service from Gallipoli before the Illuminate programme.
To mark the World War I centenary, Te Papa has joined forces with Weta Workshop to take you back to Gallipoli. Experience the triumphs and countless tragedies of this 8-month campaign through the eyes and words of the ordinary New Zealanders who were there.
The worlds of movies, model-making, and museums combine to take you on an immersive journey through the battlefields. Follow the action on 3-D maps and projections. View photos taken by soldiers on the front line. See the weapons used in combat.
Crawl into a dugout and hear the letters an officer wrote to his wife, just days before he was killed. Discover the cramped, filthy conditions that the soldiers faced – the lice, flies, and disease. See inside a scale-model of the Maheno hospital ship. And hear from veterans many years after they served.
In total, 2,779 Kiwis lost their lives on Gallipoli, and many others were scarred forever. Gallipoli: The scale of our war takes you to the core of this defining event.
The WWI Centenary Exhibition coming only to Melbourne Museum, opens in April 2015. This is the most historical and significant exhibition from the Imperial War Museum to ever leave Great Britain and visit our shores.
This multi-sensory, collections-rich journey will bring visitors face-to-face with objects and stories that illuminate the experience and personal stories of war, and reveal the enormous, industrial and worldwide scale on which it was fought.
The Suspense is Awful commemorates the role Tasmanians played in WWI and the impact the war had on Tasmanian society.
Drawing from multi-disciplinary collections, the exhibition highlights stories previously untold – including those of Tasmanian Aboriginal servicemen and of the men and women who provided medical support on the front line.
The Home Front explores the pride, sorrow, passion, wonder and joy experienced by Australians far from the battlefields of the First World War. Through personal stories, this exhibition looks at life on the Australian home front, and explores people’s choices, opportunities and challenges in a time of heightened emotions.
This major international conference hosted by the Australian War Memorial and the Australian National University at Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, Canberra will bring together leading historians from all the countries who contributed forces to the campaign to present the most current perspectives on the many faces of Gallipoli.
What did Australians see at their local cinema during the First World War? A fascinating selection of shorts, newsreels, propaganda and local feature films are presented by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in partnership with the National Film and Sound Archive and the Australian War Memorial. See how the war was presented on the big screen, and explore the melodramas and comedies that offered entertainment and escapism to those on the home front.
When: 01-01-2015 until 31-12-2015 Where: History SA
The South Australian Maritime Museum exhibition explores the role of SA’s former Colonial Naval Ship Protector which landed naval reservists at Rabaul, New Britain – an action which resulted in the first Australian casualties of WWI.
This is the first phase of a major exhibition to be installed in 2015 exploring the ship’s role in WWI and the experience of South Australians in the naval theatre of war.
The Australian National Maritime Museum is building a state-of-the-art Warships (Royal Australian Navy) Pavilion to mark the centenary of World War I and commemorate 100 years of submarine and surface service by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The pavilion is expected to be completed in 2015.
Two ships, two nations, one extraordinary story at the Western Australian Maritime Museum.
The Last Gentlemen of War recreates the events of an extraordinary battle in 1914 when the first HMAS Sydney met the German light cruiser Emden at the Cocos Islands. It was a decisive victory for the Royal Australian Navy in its first-ever battle at sea.
The launch of Lest We Forget on the 16 October 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the departure of 8,000 New Zealand troops from Wellington for the battlefields of Europe. In commemoration, Te Papa, Archives New Zealand and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision will be using public spaces around the city to bring the past into the present through a series of large-scale multi-media projections from 16 to 18 October.
When: 11-10-2014 until 16-08-2015 Where: History SA
An exhibition developed by the Migration Museum in partnership with Flinders University.
Within months of the outbreak of WWI, hundreds of men – ‘enemy aliens’ – were interned on Torrens Island, in the Port River estuary near Adelaide. Sailors taken off enemy ships, foreign nationals living in South Australia, and even some naturalised British subjects found themselves behind barbed wire.
Observations of camp life survive in the compelling photographs of Paul Dubotzki and the diary of professional boxer Frank Bungardy. Brought together in this exhibition, these sources tell the little-known story of South Australia’s ‘enemy within’.
Showing at the Western Australian Museum – Albany.
Six soldiers serving in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during World War One sent over one hundred postcards to home-nurse Eliza ‘Lida’ Jane Downey of Boulder, Western Australia, while training or on active duty overseas. Sadly most were killed, wounded or medically incapacitated, while serving on the Western Front. The showcase features over 100 postcards sent from this period.
This travelling exhibition will tell the personal stories of men in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) through rare artefacts from the collections of the Australian National Maritime Museum, the National Film and Sound Archives and the Australian War Memorial. It includes multimedia and interactives that will highlight the lived experience of the fledgling Australian Navy as it underwent its first test – a test of war.
It looks at some of the navy’s well known triumphs such as the battle between HMAS Sydney and the German raider SMS Emden, as well as the lesser known work of the Bridging Train and the role of the submarine AE2 at Gallipoli.
Image rich, the exhibition explores the human response to the demands of war, physically, emotionally and psychologically. It takes in the wider societal response and the flow-on in the years after. The exhibition also features an immersive soundscape and a searchable comprehensive database linked to the Memorial Wall, which will be populated with poppies placed by visitors over the three year life of the exhibition.
Why did we go to war? Was our national identity really forged by the First World War, or did that happen later? What is war good for? Were the gains worth the pain? Does remembering history help us, or are we doomed to repeat the lessons? How should we commemorate war without glorifying it?
A series of discussions at facilitated by staff from the University of Otago around major questions about WWI.
Showing at Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
The Western Australian Museum has developed an exhibition based on its significant Dwyer-McKay photographic collection. JJ Dwyer and T McKay took portraits of soldiers on enlistment and when they returned home at the end of the war, as well as photographing major events held in Kalgoorlie during the war years.
The outbreak of the First World War was the first crisis for the new Australian nation. The first few months demonstrated Australia’s enthusiastic commitment to the war, not yet exposing the tensions that would later divide the nation. Australians willingly went to war as Britons, but were also determined that the war effort reflected our young nation’s democratic spirit.
The decisions made by the governments led firstly by Joseph Cook, and then Andrew Fisher, were crucial to how Australia would conduct its war effort.
When: 02-08-2014 until 03-08-2014 Where: History SA
A two-day symposium in Adelaide will give participants the opportunity to learn about South Australian society, politics and culture – before everything changed. Jointly presented by History SA, the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, the University of South Australia and the Professional Historians Association, the event will explore the cultural makeup of South Australia and questions of loyalty to the British Empire, country and city perspectives, and technology and everyday life.
Road to Recovery: Disabled soldiers of World War I reflects on the unimaginable physical destruction caused by the war. The exhibition explores how New Zealand soldiers disabled in the hostilities were supported to regain their personal and economic independence.
When: 01-08-2014 until 30-11-2015 Where: History SA
To explore the events of WWI from a local and social perspective, History SA and the State Library of South Australia have created a new blog – A World Away: South Australia’s War to help people understand the complexity of these events. It represents the war through the words of those who were there, month by month, as events unfolded.
The symposium, on July 11, is the second part of the Somewhere in France, Somewhere in Australia project, which began in 2014 with a public appeal to Queenslanders to submit artefacts, souvenirs and mementos associated with Australian war service in France.
In July 2014, French and Australian museum curators and historians will gather during a special public symposium at the Museum. You can join us to hear talks from international experts and to find out about some of the amazing stories uncovered during the project.
Entangled Islands is the first in a series of ‘chapters’ about the New Zealand war experience.
On 29 August 1914, only three weeks after war began, New Zealand troops took over Sāmoa – then under German control. It was an event that would entangle New Zealand and Sāmoa together through bad times, and better ones.
When: 25-04-2014 until 02-06-2014 Where: History SA
As part of the world’s largest humanitarian movement, the Red Cross has been part of Australian life since it was established nine days after the outbreak of WWI. Part of the Red Cross centenary celebrations, this History SA travelling exhibition traces the history of the SA division through stories, images and objects.
As part of its First World War commemoration programme, Te Papa has sought to identify a group of mystery soldiers and their loved ones. We call them the Berry Boys, and they feature in The Berry Boys: Naming the Kiwi faces of World War I, an intimate exhibition on now at Te Papa.
Queensland Museum will be the first host for this Australian War Memorial travelling exhibition.
Behind the front lines of the Somme, Vignacourt was a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops. Captured on glass, printed into postcards and posted home, these photographs enabled Australian soldiers to maintain a fragile link with loved ones in Australia.