The trumpet calls

Accession Number ARTV00039
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 89.9 cm x 65.6 cm; Framed: 1041 mm x 787 mm
Object type Poster
Physical description photolithograph on paper
Maker Lindsay, Norman
W. A. Gullick, Government Printers
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made c. 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


A soldier sounds his bugle for assistance on the front line while civilians listen in the background. Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) was a painter, draughtsman, illustrator, cartoonist, printmaker, writer and sculptor. He joined the Sydney 'Bulletin' magazine as a staff artist, 1901-09, 1910-23 and 1932-58. During the First World War he produced jingoistic cartoons and pro-conscription posters.

Recruitment posters were in abundant supply in Australia throughout the First World War. Australia relied solely on voluntary recruits to serve in the AIF. Compulsory military service, or conscription, for eligible men was in force in Australia from 1911, however, these forces were for home defence and could not be used to serve in a war overseas. Following the initial rush of men to recruit in 1914, enrolments dropped, leaving federal and state governments to devise sophisticated campaigns to boost numbers.