Poster, 'Record of Australia's Voluntary Effort in the Great War (AIF), Aug 4th 1914 to June 24th 1919', c. 1920

Historical note: 

On 24 June  1919, the Great War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. This commemorative poster—a popular commercial war souvenir of the early 1920s—celebrates the significance of the event in its typography.

During negotiations for the treaty, when challenged by US President Woodrow Wilson for his objective to secure the former German colonies of New Guinea and the islands, Australian PM Billy Hughes famously proclaimed, “I speak for 60,000 Australian dead!”. Ultimately, Australia won administrative control of the territories.

This particular copy was acquired by Scottish-born Great War veteran John Grant, 4th Infantry Battalion and Australian Flying Corps.
Wounded during the Battle of Lone Pine on Gallipoli and again during the battle for the Somme in France, Grant eventually married the English nurse who cared for him during his convalescence. The pair returned to Australia after the war’s official conclusion and settled in New South Wales.

 

 

Materials: 
Paper (lithograph)
Category: 
Souvenirs and ephemera
Conflict: 
Great War (1914-18)
Location: 
Australia
Production Date: 
c. 1920

On this day

On this day
22 October

1916 — HMAS UNA (ex German sloop KOMET) arrived at Malekula Island, New Hebrides, to mount a punitive action against rebellious natives. 40% of UNA’s crew were struck down with malaria

1942 — Battle of GOODENOUGH ISLAND, New Guinea.  This island was occupied by the Sasebo 5th SNLF (Japanese) and securing it was part of the build-up for a major offensive at BUNA

1950 — Battle of YONGJU / The Apple Orchard. This was the first action that Australian troops saw in Korea when they were called to support American troops. Capt Denness won a Military Cross, Lt Butler won a Silver Star and 7 Australians were wounded in the action