Australia Will Be There: Victorians in the First World War (1914 – 1919)

12 August – 17 September 2017 | Gallery 1

A Shrine of Remembrance Touring Exhibition

Through historical photographs and personal stories, this exhibition will present the chronology of the First World War (1914-19) and provide the opportunity to discover the fascinating stories with particular reference to the contribution of Victorians.

Find out about the hardships that our men and women endured and the battles that they fought alongside Allied nations – from the landings at Gallipoli to the battles in Palestine, Passchendaele and Fromelles.

Away from the frontline, discover the experiences of the people in Victoria, their contribution to the war effort and the growing social divisions which climaxed in the bitterly contested, and unsuccessful conscription referenda in 1916 and 1917.

The exhibition features over 100 photographs drawn from major collections, including the Australian War Memorial and the State Library of Victoria, and from the families of those who served.

Australia Will Be There, honouring the centenary of the First World War, presents a chronology of the war with particular reference to the contribution of Victorians. Most Australian families lost loved ones, and all made sacrifices, as their sons, fathers, husbands, brothers, uncles and daughters left to serve at the frontline. At home, they waited for news of loved ones and endured their losses, weathered extreme political upheaval, shortages of essentials and worked tirelessly to provide voluntary assistance for those who served.

Related Programs

Official Opening

Floor Talk – Jean McAuslan, Director Access & Learning, Shrine of Rememberance

Lecture – Bruce Pennay




image: Western Front October 1917, unknown Australian Official Photographer “…every yard of earth had been ploughed up by shells and trenches and the only way to get over this country was along the duckboard tracks …” Major Donald Dunbar Coutts. Reproduced courtesy of the Australian War Memorial (E01236)