Australia Will Be There: Victorians in the First World War (1914-19)

Shrine of Remembrance Touring Exhibition: 2 February – 29 March 2018

Opening on Friday 2 February at the Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library, Deakin University Waterfront Campus, Australia Will Be There: Victorians in the First World War (1914-19) is a touring exhibition from the Shrine of Remembrance.

The exhibition honoursthe centenary of the First World War and presents a chronology of the warwith particular reference to the contribution of Victorians.  Australia Will Be There contains over 100 photographs which have been drawn from major collections and from the families of those who served.

During the First World War, many Australian families lost loved ones, and all made sacrifices, as their children, husbands, relatives and friends left to serve overseas. At home, they waited for news and endured their losses, weathering political upheavals and shortages of essentials, all the time working tirelessly to provide voluntary assistance for those who served. The intensity and destructiveness of the First World War was felt worldwide. Commemoration and the cost of the war to individuals, families and communities is just one of the themes within the exhibition.

Today there are many Australians who share connections to this global conflict through their histories. To this clash between the British, French, German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires, many colonies gave their men. Australia Will Be There contributes to our understanding of the experience of our forebears and the events that shaped our country and the world.

The exhibition is free, and is open 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library
Deakin University Waterfront Campus
Cnr. Cunningham Street and Western Beach Road