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Sharing World War One Histories

By News Team Posted Under News

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia is commemorating the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since our nation’s involvement in the First World War. This period of commemoration is a time to recognise service by Australian service men and women in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.


In Victoria, many cultural institutions are undertaking special projects to commemorate this anniversary. In honour of the service and sacrifice of those involved in the war, we have a number of new stories highlighting issues of personal and national significance.


Ballarat Underground


Officers School, Ballarat, c1890 - 1920. Collection: State Library of Victoria
Officers School, Ballarat, c1890 - 1920. Collection: State Library of Victoria.


Ballarat Underground explores the history of Ballarat servicemen, how their mining skills were recognised, and tunnelling companies created to utilise them in strategic and secretive ways. It also tells the story of how the Mining Mud and Medals project is working with families and the community to uncover the connection between the city's School of Mines and men who served.


> View Ballarat Underground online


In the Face of Uncertainty


Daryl Lindsay in his studio at Sidcup
Daryl Lindsay in his studio at Sidcup. Sidcup Collection, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.


In the Face of Uncertainty looks at the pioneering facial reconstructive surgery techniques that arose out of the First World War, and how this led to modern plastic surgery breakthroughs. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Sidcup Collection provides a window into how medical science and innovation responded to war, the involvement of war artists in the process, and gives insights into both the surgeons and patients that make up this extraordinary story.


PLEASE NOTE: The film contains themes and graphic imagery that may disturb or offend some viewers.


> View In the Face of Uncertainty online


Chinese Anzacs


Benjamin Moy Ling's enlistment portrait, 1917. From the private collection of Christopher Shai-Hee and Serena Cheung.
Benjamin Moy Ling's enlistment portrait, 1917.  Private collection: Christopher Shai-Hee & Serena Cheung.


This story explores the history of the Chinese Anzacs, often overlooked in the greater narratives of the First World War. Over two hundred Australians of Chinese descent enlisted. Their experiences during and post war is the subject of this story and the Chinese ANZACs exhibition at the Chinese Museum, which opened on 14 July 2014. Also highlighted are the personal stories of many individuals from the Australian Chinese community who attempted to enlist early in the War, but were rejected for being “not substantially of European origin”. Many later successfully enlisted, once restrictions were eased.


> View Chinese Anzacs online


Coming Home


Bundoora Repatriation Hospital
Bundoora Homestead, operating as Bundoora Repatriation Hospital. Collection: Australian War Memorial.


This story is about Bundoora Homestead and the servicemen who lived at the homestead for over seventy years after returning from war. From 1920 until 1993, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre operated first as Bundoora Convalescence Farm and then as Bundoora Repatriation Hospital. For some men, Bundoora was a respite, a break from a world that didn't understand the horrors of war they had experienced. The story also explores the memories of the families of some long term residents of the hospital.


> View Coming Home online


ANZAC Centenary Resources and Grants


There are a number of resources and grants currently available that are dedicated to preserving military history. See below for a few programs that might be relevant to your museum or collection.


Preserving and Sharing Our Significant Military Memorabilia


In 2014, the Victorian Collections project is focusing on assisting collections comprising of war memorabilia and military history.

> Find out more information at Museums Australia (Victoria)


Victorian ANZAC Centenary Grants


The Victorian Government is committed to working with and supporting local communities to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, and to create a lasting legacy for future generations. There are a range of Victorian Government grants available.

> See the Victorian Anzac Centenary website for details


ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund


Applications are now open for the Australian Government's $2 million Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program. Individuals, organisations and groups, including cultural institutions, arts organisations and artists are invited to apply for funding through the Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program for collaborative, commemorative arts and culture projects that engage local communities and produce high quality artistic outputs.

> Visit the Anzac Centenary Arts & Culture Fund for details

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