Image 'Armistice celebrations, Martin Place', Sydney, 1918

TLF ID R3566

This is a black-and-white photograph, 8.7 cm x 14.2 cm, of the celebrations in Martin Place, Sydney, following the Armistice, which was signed on 11 November 1918 in France to end hostilities in the First World War. Looking east up from the junction with Pitt Street, the Place is packed with men, women and schoolchildren milling about, wearing hats. A ship crowded with people, probably a minesweeper, stands in the Place, and flags of Allied nations, such as the USA and France, are flying on poles.

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  • This asset marks the end of hostilities in the First World War - the Armistice was signed by German and Allied representatives on the Western Front in France at 11 am on 11 November 1918; as the signing was at 9 pm Sydney time, the photograph would depict celebrations on 12 November 1918.
  • It indicates the popular response to the Armistice by Australians - of the 416,809 Australians who enlisted in the First World War, 61,270 died.
  • It includes the unusual sight of a ship on land - the ship is probably a Royal Australian Navy minesweeper, built of wood to avoid contact with magnetic mines, and therefore light enough to transport on wheels.
  • It provides images of Martin Place in 1918, before it was extended to Macquarie Street in the 1920s - Martin Place, considered the hub of the city, was used for fundraising events during the First World War and became a pedestrian plaza in 1969.
  • It illustrates dress conventions of the times, with almost all participants wearing hats - women in broad-brimmed straws, men in fedoras and schoolboys in straw boaters.

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  • Organisation: National Library of Australia
  • Remarks: Reproduced courtesy of National Library of Australia
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  • Date of contribution: 02 Sep 2013
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia
  • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
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