There is still a place in line for you

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number ARTV00076
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 76 x 50.6 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description Chromolithograph on paper
Maker Unknown
William Brooks & Co. Ltd
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Australian First World War recruitment poster. Depicts soldiers lined up with a space reserved for "a fit man". It plays on the viewer's patriotic sense of duty. Recruitment posters were prevalent 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 for overseas service. After the initial enthusiasm of Australian men in 1914, enrolments dropped as stories of the conditions overseas reached Australia. The original design was for a British recruiting poster, reproduced as part of a series of over 100 published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee.

The full text reads: 'There is still a place in the line for you. Will you fill it?" A notice board placed in the centre of the troops reads: 'This space is reserved for a fit man'.

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