On this day: a last train in Adelaide

Adelaide, South Australia on the 31st of May, 1914. It was the last day the Glenelg train came up King William Street.

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King William Street, Adelaide, South Australia on the 31st of May, 1914. It was the last day the Glenelg train came up King William Street.

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On this day: the death of a soldier

Light_horse_walersAustralian Imperial Force prior to their departure from Australia in November 1914. right is Trooper William Harry Rankin Woods, 1st Light Horse Regiment, who died of w

Trooper William Harry Rankin

From the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

The Australian Imperial Force, the Australian Army’s expeditionary force in the First World War, was formed in August of 1914. The mounted Australian Light Horse made up part of this force.

This photograph was taken in November, 1914. The troops – both lighthorsemen – would soon leave Australia to fight.

Trooper William Harry Rankin is pictured on the right. He would go on to fight at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire, where he was killed on the 15th of May, 1915.

Rankin, from the New South Wales town of Mudgee, was thirty-nine at the time of his death.

Labour Day in 1914

This is an image of the Labour Day festivities in Canungra in Queensland, Australia in 1914. Around a hundred people gathered on an overgrown cricket field for the event. The holiday fell on the 4th of May that year.

Today, Canungra still has a population under a thousand.

StateLibQld_1_202487_Labour_Day_Festivities_at_Canungra,_1914 This is an image of the Labour Day festivities in Canungra in Queensland, Australia in 1914. The holiday fell on the 4th of

The Christmas Truce, 1916.

The_Christmas_Truce_on_the_Western_Front,_1914_Q5072025th December 1916 British and German troops meet in No-Man's Land to bury their dead during an unofficial truce on Christmas Day. Fi

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25th December 1914. First World War: British and German troops meet in No-Man’s Land to bury their dead during an unofficial truce on Christmas Day. The men were killed in fighting on the 18th.

On this day: Australians take New Guinea from the Germans

16th December 1914 Australian flag-raising ceremony in Angorum, New Guinea. Proclamation of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force taking control of the country from the G

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This photograph was taken in 1914, several months into the First World War.

At the outbreak of the war part of New Guinea, a large island in Oceania, was under German control. Australia, whose mainland is about 150 kilometres from the island, raised the Australian flag in a ceremony on the 16th of December.