Menu

Education Today Logo


newsletter

Education Today Cover Browse Issue

National Archives presents the WW1 aftermath online

News Image

With Armistice Day just passed its timely to reflect on the lives of people after the war ended, how they reacted when they came home, rebuilt lives, careers and relationships.

The new National Archives online exhibition 1918: a different life  portrays how 21 Australians did just that and shines light on Australian social and political culture in the immediate aftermath of the war.

National Archives Director-General David Fricker says “On the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, we have drawn on our collection to offer a new perspective on how the government resolved to help Australian Imperial Force (AIF) volunteers and their families navigate this uncertain world by offering financial, medical and vocational assistance.”

Private David Fletcher Jones, a Bendigo orchardist with an entrepreneurial streak, set his sights on establishing a travelling drapery business after he was discharged from the AIF suffering ‘shell-shock’.

London prostitute Tilly Twiss married Australian Sapper Jim Devine and followed him to Australia, where she proved an astute investor and established a notorious yet profitable network of brothels across Sydney.

And Private Stanley Fowler, a labourer from Melbourne, received lifelong medical treatment that enabled him to excel in a creative career as a photographic surveyor despite his injuries.

1918: a different life offers a narrative that challenges the existing trend of focusing on the devastation of Australia’s inter-war period.

Curator Dr Laura Cook says, “There is no doubt World War I forever changed Australian society. However, using individual items from our collection – including repatriation, war service and immigration records, and copyright registrations – 1918 presents a new perspective on how Australians, both serving and civilian, found opportunities to rebuild their lives after the war.”

1918: a different life can be viewed on the National Archives’ website: naa.gov.au/visit-us/exhibitions/1918-a-different-life


17 Oct 2019 | Qld
Opera Queensland Education Program and in-schools outreach News Image

Opera Queensland is touring performances of The Frog Prince and La Boheme with primary schools included for the first time.
Read More

16 Oct 2019
Uniform rules needed for school uniforms News Image

Allowing girls to wear shorts and trousers to school has been surprisingly controversial and some rigour around debate on the issue has been introduced with recent research on the topic. Read More

16 Oct 2019
Combine classroom academics with physical activity News Image

We don't get enough exercise, kids and adults alike, it’s to do with time, we all lead super busy lives, that and motivation, it’s far too easy to switch on the TV to watch others do the sport and dial Ubereats. Read More

15 Oct 2019 | National
Talk-and-walk-a-thon for peer support News Image

Talk-And-Walk-A-Thon is a new nationwide initiative by Peer Support Australia where students put down their phones, connect with their peers face to face and get some exercise. Read More

15 Oct 2019
Phonics apps helping struggling kids News Image

A suite of apps used by over 25,000 Australian educators could be a winner for preschoolers with language difficulties.
Read More