The Great War changed the map of the world. Empires had fallen, ethnic and nationalist groups were inspired to seek freedom, and an official peace with Germany was not signed until the ratification of the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919.
Australians were weary of war, but optimistic about the post-war world.
1919: A TIME TO MOURN, A TIME TO HOPE uses the language of the media and contemporary photographs to remember the period that followed the Armistice.
The exhibition examines six principle topics, including:
- Sydney’s joyous response to a premature report of an Armistice on the Western Front;
- the problematic repatriation of Australia's deployed army, the AIF;
- the outbreak of the Influenza pandemic throughout NSW;
- the ongoing conflicts being fought by the men of NSW across the globe;
- the numerous prisoners of peacetime, including German internees in NSW; and
- the speculative and often fraught notions of the future in a post-war world.
Curatorial talk - Researching the 1919 exhibition
The Anzac Memorial's Exhibitions Research Officer, Jacqueline Reid, speaks to the tumultuous year that was 1919 as she unpacks the curatorial ethos behind the exhibition "1919: A time to mourn, a time to hope."
Filmed by Afterglow on 29 March 2019
The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies NSW has compiled the following reading lists on the key topic areas of the exhibition:
All listed titles are available in the Institute's Ursula Davidson Library on the Centenary Extension's Lower Floor. The Library is open to the public from 10am to 3pm Mondays and Wednesdays and at other times for research by appointment.