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Australian Women at War

The roles of women in war, both on the war front and the home front have been downplayed, or ignored, made invisible to history. Historian Professor Melanie Oppenheimer explores women’s uneasy relationship with the Anzac tradition.

Archer Angus Skinner

The Skinner family history outlines the life and times of Archer Angus Skinner, of the 12th Battalion.

The Farrells: two brothers united in death

There is a link death cannot sever; love and remembrance last forever.

Boy Soldiers

During the First World War, the Australian Army's enlistment age was 21 years or 18 years with the permission of a parent or guardian. Although boys aged 14-17 could enlist as buglers, trumpeters and musicians, many gave false ages in order to join as soldiers. Many thought the war would be over by Christmas and here was an opportunity for a great adventure.

Alec Campbell

Alec Campbell falsified his age and was 16 when he enlisted for World War One. The kid soldier was to become the last ANZAC standing, until he died on 17 May 2002 at the age of 103.

Hudson Fysh

Hudson Fysh was born in Launceston, Tasmania, on 7 January 1895. The 19-year-old wool classer from St Leonards enlisted with the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and embarked from Hobart on the HMAT Geelong A2 on 20 October 1914.

The Craigs

The Craig brothers had different experiences during the World War One. Frederick was awarded a Military Medal and was later reported as missing in action. William was taken prisoner by the Germans, while George was reported as still fighting the foe.

The Dillons

Timothy Dillon enlisted at the age of 40. His 21-year-old nephew, William, also enlisted.

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