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Australia will be there
Australia will be there

Of all the patriotic songs of WW1, '...

Boys of the dardanelles
Boys of the Dardanelles

Boys of the Dardanelles
They fa...

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'If England wants a hand, well, here it is'

Comes a message o’er the ocean
A ...

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The landing of the Australian troops in Egypt

This commercial sound recording include...

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'When the war is over, mother dear'

Though your heart is aching, mother dear ...

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The Lynch Family Bellringers

The Lynch Family, Harry Lynch and his four&n...

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Comforts for the troops

Throughout the war Federal Government House,...

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The naming of the capital

Australia’s federal capital was purpose...

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The turkey, the eagle, the lion and the dove

'The War Zoo' is the original title of ...

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Distraction from the war - Coogee Beach

Scenes of surf, sun and swimming at Coo...

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The war cameraman

British journalist Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, o...

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“The Rushin’ Bear and the Flying Turk”

Australian sketch artist and caricaturist Ha...

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Distraction from the war – a day at the beach

This brief clip from around 1914 is one ...

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‘Miss Australasia’

Miss Australasia is the first segme...

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Expert rough-riders – Australian Light Horse

By 1914 Australian horsemen had proved ...

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A.I.F Parade and Departure

In the first months after Australia ent...

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Joining the Flotilla, 1914

At the outbreak of war in August 1914, ...

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Fundraising for the war effort, Sydney

Various wartime fundraising and recruit...

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Society Wedding, c.1914

This rare example of amateur or home movie f...

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Clowns and kids raise funds for war effort

Clowns boxing and performing ‘pratfalls...

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New furs from Georges

While a bitter war raged on the other s...

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‘Worst comes to wurst’

A German soldier’s horse is turned into Germ...

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Departure of Reinforcements to the Front

Troops (seen from dock) wave from ship prior...

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“Play the Greater Game”

This 1915 Australian Government recruit...

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The exploits of the Emden

The German battle cruiser Emden ope...

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The fleet's afloat

Prior to radio, songs were largely heard per...

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‘Australia prepared’ – making ammunition

‘The Amazing Micrometer’, a machine mea...

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A troopship departs for Albany, 1914

When Australia entered the First World ...

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‘Australia Prepared’- the Royal Australian Navy

“Since Captain Cook’s arrival, no more memor...

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Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour had t...

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‘Sons of Australia’

'Sons of Australia' was composed by Fel...

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Sheep dogs & medieval knights, Australian Gazette

From a sheepdog trial to a costume parade in...

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Even Major-Generals die in battle

The sombre 1915 funeral procession of M...

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Brother Turk Thankful

Harry Julius’s clever animated comment ...

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12,000 Aussies send their love to ‘Little Mary’

Canadian-American silent film star Mary Pick...

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The first ‘War Year’ Melbourne Cup - 1915

The Great War did not succeed in killin...

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Neptune’s Daughter

In Neptune’s Daughter, an “eig...

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Percy’s First Holiday

W.S. Percy was a favourite Australian c...

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Officer 666

This two-minute clip is taken from the ...

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"The most valuable shipment of films"

The arrival of a shipment of US films i...

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Charlie Chaplin at the Sydney Show?

Was Charlie Chaplin at Sydney’s 1916 R...

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Seven Keys to Baldpate

In Seven Keys to Baldpate, a silent...

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"Shine, Sir?" Kiwi Boot Polish advertisment

In this groundbreaking early cinema ad,...

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Tamworth celebrates the 8-hour day and war efforts

Rain poured and cold winds blustered, b...

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‘It's a Long Way to Tipperary’

In this animated film, a British soldier dod...

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‘Heroes of the Dardanelles’

The Gallipoli campaign inspired a numbe...

Only one of the toys
‘Only One of the Toys’

The dismal lyrics of ‘Only One of the T...

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‘They Were There! There! There!’

The lyrics of the song ‘They Were There...

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Mutiny of the Bounty: Daybill

The daybill, or poster, for the fi...

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The Pioneers - In the bush

Well-known actors, elaborate sets and a...

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The Pioneers - Graveyard scene

The lost 1916 Australian silent movie The Pi...

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Anzac Hospitals at Home

Returned servicemen engage in handicrafts, m...

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Learning to farm

After surviving the bloody battles on the We...

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With the Aid of the Red Cross

Veterans returning in wheelchairs and with m...

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The Choice is Yours

A government film gives hope of rehabilitati...

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Ask Your Tailor for Anzac Tweed

The factory weaving Anzac Tweed was on the b...

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Fill-the-Gap

“We are dying of exhaustion for want of a sp...

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Mimic Warfare

Troops needed to practice warfare before exp...

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Royal Decorations

A young Prince of Wales decorates Australian...

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Lest We Forget

Thousands of Melburnians turn out in the pou...

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Anzac football in London

During their war service, Australian troops ...

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Sydney Marches to Remember

With their white, starched uniforms and red ...

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Carving Anzac Day

An Anzac Day cinema advertisement encouragin...

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The Patriot Spirit

Troops from France’s Pacific colonies, on th...

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France’s South Pacific Soldiers in Sydney

The First World War was truly a global war. ...

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Steeds and shellfire on the Western Front

The horses that were sent to the Wester...

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Every Girl is a Fisher Girl

This rousing music hall song by Australian-b...

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What Did You Do in the Great War, Daddy?

The subject of a child innocently shaming th...

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The Rose of No Man’s Land

A sentimental song composed as a tribut...

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I’m Going Back Again to Yarrawonga

"I’ll linger longer in Yarrawonga"

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Never Mind the Food Controller

An uplifting music hall song, intended to pr...

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Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty

This song, in which a series of soldiers&nbs...

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Australia Day at Burra

This newsreel shows the then prosperous and ...

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Direct to Aussie

This footage shows Australian troops boardin...

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Australian troops at the Pyramids

Australian and New Zealand troops arrived in...

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Patriotic Football

Football clubs displayed their patriotism by...

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Boxing and recruiting

In the early stages of the war sport was see...

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Caring for our Wounded

Over 3,000 Australian nurses volunteered dur...

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The wounded return home to Australia

More than 150 sick and wounded men return to...

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Regarding the epidemic of marriages

A report issued in March 1916 observed that&...

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Within Our Gates

After the outbreak of war there was a g...

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“The Hero of the Dardanelles”

“Produced with the wholehearted co-operation...

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The campaign that failed

Conscription was introduced by law in New Z...

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“The Answer to Declining Enlistment Numbers”

This pro-conscription cartoon appeared short...

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Australian artillery on the Salonika Front

The camera operator is unusually close ...

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Sailing into war, 1914

For many Anzac soldiers, their outward voyag...

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The Sydney suburb of Manly remembers the fallen

This film shows the unveiling of a monument ...

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Australian soldiers in France

Prime minister William (Billy) Hughes, Sir G...

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Flags for Victory

Belgian Flag Days, along with French Flag Da...

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Billy Hughes visits the AIF’s home away from home

The First World War led to a major influx of...

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”The Tanks that Broke the Ranks”

Written and composed by English music hall w...

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‘Only a Sinner’

Only a Sinner was written...

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"Advance, Australia Fair"

Written by Scottish-born composer Peter...

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"All the Boys in Khaki Get the Nice Girls"

This light-hearted recruitment tune composed...

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“Brave Women Who Wait”

For the war effort to be successful, it...

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“Tell My Daddy to Come Home Again“

The songs sung by music hall artists du...

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"When We March Through Berlin Town"

When We March Through Berlin Town&n...

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Washing the horses, Suvla Bay

With the Gallipoli campaign at deadlock...

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At Anzac Cove

This hand-coloured glass slide shows Br...

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Unloading barges, Anzac Cove

This scene of soldiers unloading barges at&n...

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Soldier’s souvenir view of Egypt

This image (B&W glass slide) was probab...

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A rickshaw ride in Durban

Two Australian soldiers riding in a ric...

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Soldiers swim at Gallipoli

This hand-coloured glass slide shows me...

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Surgeon-General Charles Ryan, ANZAC Cove, 1915

Surgeon-General Charles S. Ryan is shown in ...

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Nurse Cavell imprisoned before her execution

The Martyrdom of Nurse Cavell ...

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"I gave my life willingly for my country”

The Matyrdom of Nurse Cavell is a 1...

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Britain’s Joan of Arc bravely meets her fate

Nurse Cavell is a 1916 Australian f...

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Nurse Cavell deep in prayer

Nurse Cavell is a 1916 Australian f...

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Peace Loan - Watch for the Aeroplane

In addition to the loss of life, wars cost m...

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Clemenceau’s dark days

Georges Clemenceau, Prime Minister of France...

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The Ruins of Cambrai

French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau and...

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Jellicoe Tours the Empire

John Jellicoe was appointed commander of th...

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The Wizard of the Wire sells peace bonds

The Australian Government used innovative me...

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Peace Loan Procession

At the end of the First World War, Australia...

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White Heather Bride

With the First World War now over, newsreels...

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The Treaty of Versailles

The Paris Peace Conference, also known as th...

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Occupational Therapy

Returned Australian soldiers in convalescenc...

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Civilian clothing for returned soldiers

Towards the end of the war the Australian Re...

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The Australian Red Cross in action

Nurses from the Australian Red Cross serve t...

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Peace Day Parade

A Peace Day Parade at Woonona in New South W...

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Investing in Australia’s future

‘Patriotism must not die because the war is ...