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Victoria at war 1914–1918

Michael McKernan
Published by NewSouth Publishing in association with the State Library of Victoria
Hardback 240 pages illustrated ISBN 9781742233802

In Melbourne and communities throughout Victoria during the First World War, schoolchildren knitted socks for the troops serving in Gallipoli, the Middle East and on the Western Front. Their families set up Red Cross branches to support the 91,000 Victorian servicemen and women overseas. By the end of the war, 19,000 Victorian service people were dead and 42,000 wounded.

Victoria at war 1914–1918 records the achievements of the state’s soldiers and nurses and their families at home – including the Whitelaws from Gippsland with six sons enlisting; ‘Bert’ Jacka, the first Australian to be awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War; and commander Sir John Monash.

This important book is illustrated throughout with photographs, letters, diaries, posters and other documents from the collections of the State Library of Victoria and other national, state and local collections.

Michael McKernan is a writer, reviewer and radio commentator. He is the author of The brumbies, Drought, Gallipoli: a short history, The strength of a nation and Underground Australia, and was the Deputy Director at the Australian War Memorial.

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