Australians and the First World War
Suitable for secondary school students.
The First World War saw the largest sacrifice of Australians in any conflict before or since, but its impact spread far beyond the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Western Front.
This program focuses on the First World War and the role that Australians played in the conflict. It will explore the conditions faced by those fighting, the loss and sacrifice, the sentiment at home including the conscription debate, active citizenship and the legacy left by the conflict on the nation and its people. Students will explore the roles of both men and women serving in the Gallipoli campaign, the Western Front, and in Sinai and Palestine.
This program uses a variety of strategies to cater to multiple intelligences. Varied exhibit types will be used to broaden perspective and understanding.
Year 9: The Making of the Modern World
- An overview of the causes of World War I and the reasons why men enlisted to fight in the war
- The places where Australians fought and the nature of warfare during World War I, including the Gallipoli campaign
- The impact of World War I, with a particular emphasis on Australia (such as the use of propaganda to influence the civilian population, the changing role of women, the conscription debate)
- The commemoration of World War I, including debates about the nature and significance of the Anzac legend
Price $7.70 per student (incl. GST) Duration 1 hour Maximum number 60 students per hour Group size 15 Available 9 am – 3.30 pm