Colourised Snapshots of Street Scenes in Sydney Following the Official News of the Armistice – November 1918

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1918, will rank as one of the most notable days in the world’s history, for at 11 o’clock on that morning the dreadful fighting which had lasted for over four years and three months came to an end. The actual close of the war was delayed many months, but the conditions of the armistice made it impossible for Germany to resume hostilities. Australia played an honourable part in WWI. Their gallant deeds made the name of Australia famed throughout the world. From the Commonwealth 326,00 men went to war, and of that number 61,720 made the supreme sacrifice, with another 137,013 wounded. Tuesday, 12th November, was a Federal holiday and Wednesday, 13th November, was a State Holiday. Nobody worked and Sydney celebrated. Continue Reading →

A Soldier’s Diary of Gallipoli 1915

The writer is a young lawyer of Sydney. He has declined offers of military advancement preferring to serve in the ranks. This diary throws open the day-to-day life of the soldier at Gallipoli. There is something more intimate than is found in a hurried letter inspired by one sensational event. Our young lawyer became sick (one notes the record of his ailments with sympathy), and big things happened while he was away. His Diary was resumed when he returned to the Peninsula. Then come the entries relating to the wonderful evacuation. Continue Reading →