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Friendship knows no boundaries

Margaret Thorp

In July 1917, the newly formed Women’s Compulsory Service Petition League met in Brisbane’s School of Arts Hall. Around three hundred women had crammed into the building. The League called for the... » read more

Hearts broken for what?

Arthur Rae

When Australia marched to war in 1914, and the world plunged into madness, Arthur Rae, unionist, Labor leader, feminist and socialist pleaded for peace.  He believed a new nation should not... » read more

I am against all wars

Archibald Baxter

By 1916, New Zealand’s voluntary recruitment was failing. Despite massive opposition, a conscription bill was pushed through parliament. Unlike Australia, there was no chance to vote ‘No’ in a... » read more

In Australasian hearts

Karanemar Pohatu

From the first day of the Gallipoli Landing to the very last day of the campaign, Quinn’s Post was the most perilous section of the Anzac line. Here, one army collided against another, the trenches... » read more

The heart of a lion

Rowland Lording

In 2009 Australia honoured men killed in the Battle of Fromelles, our country’s first major engagement on the Western Front. At the cost of thousands of dollars a new cemetery was established, and... » read more

Their war never ended

John and Edward Sadler

Rodney Smith’s generation lived with the memory of war. His mother lost two of her brothers. Edward Sadler was killed on 27 January 1917 in France, and four months later her older brother John died... » read more

A guardian angel of the Anzacs

Ettie Rout

Not long after the landing at Gallipoli, Ettie Rout made her way to Egypt. There she established the New Zealand Volunteer Sisterhood, a small contingent of expatriate women committed to the care of... » read more

A lost opportunity

Alfred Morris

Alfred Morris, a young journalist from Geelong, enlisted in the first weeks of the war, and departed Australia with the First Contingent. Trooper Morris served with the Light Horse Field Ambulance.... » read more

A motherly chat at the Cheer-Up Society

Alexandrina ‘Annie’ Seager

All three of ‘Annie’ Seager’s sons enlisted in the first week of the war. Annie’s youngest boy, George, was barely seventeen when he was killed at Gallipoli. Partly it was the absence of her own boys... » read more

An Anzac by any other name

Thomas Henley Manns

Thomas Henley Manns was one of thousands of British immigrants who sought a new life in Australia. In 1914, he was employed in one of the timber camps near Busselton. In October, Manns enlisted in... » read more