The La Trobe Journal No 96 September 2015

Victoria and the Great War

This special issue of the La Trobe Journal edited by John Lack, Judith Smart and John Arnold brings together the work of scholars with diverse interests to examine previously under-researched issues concerning the experience of war on the home front. 

In the Great War of 1914–18, almost half a million Australian men and women served their King and Empire. Some 330,000 left Australia and almost 60,000 never returned. Most of those who came back were damaged, physically and mentally. Victoria was the fulcrum of the Australian war effort. The decision for war was taken in Melbourne and it was from Melbourne that the Australian contribution was planned and coordinated. The city was also the centre of bitter social and political conflicts that divided the nation, especially in 1916 and 1917.

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