On this day…

Bermagui- 17th November 1937 New South Wales Australia Pacific Coast

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The New South Wales, Australia town of Bermagui is seen here on the 17th of November, 1937.

Southeast of the nation’s capital city, Canberra, Bermagui sits on the Pacific coast.

 

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Poppies for Remembrance Day – 100 Years

Thousands of Poppies First world War One Sonya Heaney  11th November 2018 Australian War Memorial Canberra.jpg

Thousands of Poppies First world War One Sonya Heaney 11th November 2018 Australian War Memorial Canberra.

Thousands and thousands of handmade poppies at the Australian War Memorial for Remembrance Day, and a hundred years since the end of the First World War. Australia committed to the war before Britain even declared it, and Canberra turned on a sunny, hot, blue-skied, beautiful day for the occasion.

Because I live in Canberra, love history, and have a military father, I visit the War Memorial quite often. However, today was special, and because I’ve been overseas for much of the past few months, and today was the last day to see all the poppies before they go, (there are poppies at Parliament House, too, but they’re there for another week), I had to visit.

On this day: the end of a war

Sydney, NSW. 1918-11-11. Crowd in Martin Place celebrating the news of the signing of the armistice. Remembrance Day. First World War One Australian War Memorial Canberra

11th November 1918: People crowd into Martin Place in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia to celebrate the armistice that ended the First World War.

Australia committed to the war from the outset in 1914, with 421,809 citizens serving in the military. 331,781 Australians served overseas during the conflict, a significant number for a country whose population numbered below five million in 1914.

The image is from the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

On this day: Australian soldiers off to war

“E”_Company_at_Fort_Macquarie_October_18th,_1914_(18663775908) Syndey New South Wales Australia First World One World War One

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This photograph is titled:

“E” Company at Fort Macquarie October 18th, 1914.

Fort Macquarie, in the Australian state of New South Wales, was located at Bennelong Point, where the Sydney Opera House stands today.

Australia committed to the First World War from the outset, with preparations beginning even before Britain declared war on Germany in early August of 1914.

On this day…

Winner_of_the_Sirens_of_the_Surf_competition,_Miss_Bonnie_Orchard,_Gold_Coast,_1936_(4903167283)Winner of the Sirens of the Surf competition, Miss Bonnie Orchard, Gold Coast, 1936. Queen

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Miss Bonnie Orchard, the winner of the Sirens of the Surf competition on the 5th of October, 1936. The competition took place in springtime at the holiday resort of the Gold Coast in the state of Queensland in Australia’s north.

The image is credited to George Jackman.

On this day: Australians off to war.

Australian Imperial Force's 2nd Infantry Brigade marching through Bourke Street, Melbourne, Friday, 25th September 1914. First World War. World War One.

This photograph – dated the 25th of September, 1914 – shows the Australian Imperial Force’s 2nd Infantry Brigade marching down Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Australia was involved in the First World War from the outset. 38.7 percent of the country’s eligible male population enlisted in the war – a war taking place on the other side of the world. At this point in time Australia considered itself very British.