Australia at War

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.

Street Scenes in Sydney

Martin-place, Sydney

Some of the 6,000 returned soldiers who attended the Thanksgiving Service in the Domain on Wednesday 13 November, 1918

A Typical Street Scene

A Concert Party Who Paraded the Streets

York-street, Sydney

Jubilant Office Girls

Street Scene, Sydney

Section of the Great Crowd in the Domain

Happy Schoolboys and Their Tin-Can Band

Typical Street Scene During the Celebrations

A Group of Sydney University Students

Scene at Moore-street and Martin-place on Tuesday 12 November after the Speeches

Scene in Moore-street, Sydney, at Mid-Day on Tuesday November 12

Source: Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 – 1938), 1918, November 20.