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Peter Dalton: enlistment and the call to war

Help a teenager to decide whether to enlist for Australian military service in World War I. Look at a summary of key military and political events. Interview people with a range of opinions. Examine background materials about recruitment drives, voluntary enlistment and conscription. Do a SWOT analysis and explore the consequences ...

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Attestation form for Herbert Lovett, 1940

This is a Mobilisation Attestation Form (enlistment form) filled out by Herbert Stahle Lovett, a Gunditjmara man from Lake Condah in Victoria, when he joined the Australian Military Forces during the Second World War. It includes details such as Lovett's age, date of birth, occupation, marital status, next of kin, religious ...

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'Shooting breakers?'

This is a black-and-white recruitment poster for the Australian Imperial Force captioned, 'Are you shooting breakers when YOU SHOULD BE BEHIND A GUN?'. The poster shows a photograph of a soldier lying on the ground shooting a Bren light machine gun. Behind him is a sketch of a man shooting a wave on a surfboard in a similar ...

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Milt Cottee describes RAAF air attacks in the Korean War, 2007

This is an edited sound recording of former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Group Captain Milt Cottee describing attack missions in single-seater Mustang planes such as those he piloted in the Korean War (1950-53). Cottee outlines the range of weapons carried and the types of targets they were used against. He also gives ...

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Gunflint, c1880

This is a stone gunflint, a piece of stone used inside a flintlock firearm to ignite the gunpowder. The gunflint was uncovered in an archaeological dig of the area known as 'Little Lon', Melbourne, in 2003. It does not appear to have been used.

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Sleeping soldier, backyard, Auburn, 1939

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a young man, Bernie, sleeping on a mat in the backyard of the Quaife family home in Auburn, Melbourne. He is wearing shorts, a shirt and boots. His head is covered with an army slouch hat. To his left is an upright post used to hold up a clothes line.

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Family photograph celebrating Bruce Altson joining the navy, 1943

This is a black-and-white photograph of the Altson family, taken in their home in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda in March 1943 to celebrate Bruce Altson joining the navy. Bruce sits in the centre of the front row in naval uniform, between his grandparents, Barnett Hyman 'BH' Altson and Rose Altson. Standing in the back ...

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Letter to Flight Lieutenant Graham Conning from Corporal Alan Jenkins, 15 July 1945

This is a five-page letter, handwritten in ink on Japanese tissue paper ruled with red lines. Each page is landscape format and has a bold, red border with two kanji characters (Japanese script) printed in red at left above and three below. Each sheet measures 18 cm long x 25.2 cm wide.

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War correspondence - letter to Harry from Joyce, 17 February 1942

This is a two-page letter, handwritten in pencil on lined paper. The paper is creased and browned. It measures 23.6 cm long x 19.0 cm wide.

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Letter to Aircraftman Royce Phillips from Auntie Lil, 13 Jan 1942

This is a single-page letter, handwritten in black ink on lined paper. The paper has yellowed and there is some staining. It is 24.6 cm long x 19.8 cm wide.

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Letter to Leading Aircraftman Howard Kellehear from Nell, 5 Jan 1942

This is a four-page letter, handwritten on lined paper with four emblems printed along the top edge in red and blue: ACF, RSL, THE SALVATION ARMY and YMCA. It measures 24.7 cm long x 19.6 cm wide.

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Letter to Leading Aircraftman Howard Kellehear from Nell, 18 Jan 1942

This is a two-page letter, handwritten on lined paper with four emblems printed along top edge in red and blue: ACF, RSL, THE SALVATION ARMY and YMCA. The paper is creased, stained and has minor losses. It is somewhat browned. It measures 24.6 cm long x 19.6 cm wide.

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Letter to Leading Aircraftman Howard Kellehear from Nell, 22 Jan 1942

This is a two-page letter, handwritten on lined off-white paper, with considerable losses from insect activity. The paper has browned and significant staining is also evident. It measures 24.7 cm long x 19.6 cm wide.

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Letter to Aircraftman Royce Phillips from his father, 17 Feb 1942

This is a two-page letter, handwritten on lined paper. The paper has browned and there are minor losses from insect activity. It measures 24.7 cm long x 19.6 cm wide.

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Letter to Aircraftman Royce Phillips from his father, 1942 - item 2

This is a two-page letter, handwritten on lined paper. The paper has browned and there are minor losses from insect activity. Water damage is also significant. It measures 24.7 cm long x 19.6 cm wide.

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Letter to Aircraftman Royce Phillips from his father, 27 Jan 1942

This is a two-page letter, handwritten on lined paper. The paper has browned and there are losses from insect activity. Water staining is also evident. It measures 24.7 cm long x 19.6 cm wide.

Video

Anzac Day promotional film, c1916

This film clip is an early cinema advertisement promoting Anzac Day. Silent black-and-white footage shows men in Australian Army uniforms moving through trenches surrounded by smoke. They carry guns and some of them are wearing gas masks. A title at the end says, 'A nation's manhood straining at its task - of carving ANZAC ...

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Luck of the draw: the Vietnam 'birthday ballot'

How would you feel if your birth date was picked out of a barrel, lottery-style, and you were ordered to report for military duty? This was the fate that awaited the men whose birth dates were chosen in the Vietnam ballot. In this clip, watch the process the Australian government put in place to choose men for this life-changing ...

Teacher resource

Cooee: a call to war: Teacher idea

This Teacher idea uses footage and photographs of the First World War to help students understand the causes of the War, the experiences of those who fought, the reactions of those on the home front and the Anzac legacy that continues today. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Machine gun training in the Tiwi Islands, 1944

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken in 1944, of an Aboriginal man practising the use of a machine gun at Milikapiti, on the north coast of Melville Island, one of the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory. The man is lying flat on a sandy beach looking into the sights of the weapon, which is mounted on a bipod. ...