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Investing in Australia’s future

‘Patriotism must not die because the war is over’, exhorts a father to his son in this clip, reminding his family that peace also brings a responsibility to the nation.

Year:c1919

LocationAustralia

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Investing in Australia’s future

‘Patriotism must not die because the war is over’, exhorts a father to his son in this clip, reminding his family that peace also brings a responsibility to the nation.


Year: c1919

Length: 00:59

Source: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Catalogue Reference: NFSA title:533403


Location: Australia

Tags: Australia, Peace loans, fundraising

Subject: Peace Loans


The financial cost of the First World War to Australia included a war debt of £275 million, at a time when average weekly earnings were around £3. Government initiatives to recoup the costs included War Loans and Peace Loans. Prime Minister Billy Hughes also argued strongly at the Paris Peace Conference for heavy reparations from the defeated Central Powers, to help cover the costs of the Allied nations’ war efforts.