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Regarding the epidemic of marriages

A report issued in March 1916 observed that wounded and convalescing Anzac troops were falling in love with their nurses, and marrying them. Officials were concerned that these marriages, made in haste during exceptional circumstances, might not be wise. The situation became further complicated as servicemen applied for grants to bring their new brides back to Australia.

Year:March-April 1916

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Regarding the epidemic of marriages

A report issued in March 1916 observed that wounded and convalescing Anzac troops were falling in love with their nurses, and marrying them. Officials were concerned that these marriages, made in haste during exceptional circumstances, might not be wise. The situation became further complicated as servicemen applied for grants to bring their new brides back to Australia.


Year: March-April 1916

Length: 00:20

Production Company: Australasian Films

Credits: Harry Julius, cartoonist

Source: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Catalogue Reference: NFSA title 48856


People: Harry Julius

Tags: Australia, cartton, animation, Harry Julius

Subject: cartoon, animation


In this 1916 cartoon by quick-sketch cartoonist Harry Julius, an Allied soldier in a hospital bed is being cared for by a nurse. Suddenly he leaps up and proposes marriage to her and she accepts.  

As this cartoon is a fragment of the original, it is not known in which ‘Cartoon of the Moment’ newsreel it was included. Its animation style differs from the quick-sketch style Julius began with in 1915. Over the following months he started to experiment with animation cell technology, and developed his “Continuous Action Cartoons” process.

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Regarding the epidemic of marriages

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    Intertitle: Regarding the epidemic of marriages among convalescent Anzacs in England

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    Drawing of a nurse and a wounded soldier in bed. Harry Julius ‘quick draws’ in added features

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    The soldier leaps out of bed to his knees and declares to the nurse, ‘Be mine’. She nods and says, ‘I will’. They kiss.