25 Aug

The Battle of Fromelles & the loss of The 5th Division

 

The Battle of Fromelles which took place along The Western Front during WW1 was a highly significant event for the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F) soon after their arrival to France in 1916. This battle, the first major battle involving Australian troops in France was one of the bloodiest in Australian history. Also remembered as The Battle of Fleurbaix, the battle took place on the evening of July 19th, 1916. The casualties and loss of life for the Australian soldiers at this battle sent shockwaves throughout the nation and its impact on cultural life has not been lost. The battle was such a calamity that many of the bodies of the missing soldiers were never recovered.

12 Aug

Post War Australia: Trauma, Grief, Mourning

For many years it has been difficult to study material relating to the postwar lives of Australian ex-World War One soldiers. The war affected the families of all those who were killed or wounded and the process of finding out what happened to Australian society after World War One continues to be difficult for the uninitiated. However in recent years, the contents of Repatriation files have become available with the approach of the Centenary of the Great War and this has open the world of post war Australia up to keen researchers.