1918 Australians in France (small modified version)
1918 Australians in France (Modified) focuses on the great courage and sacrifice shown by Australian men and women during the final year of the war on the Western Front. With the Gallipoli campaign of 1915 already behind them, Australian soldiers earned worldwide recognition for their fighting spirit during the battles of Hamel and Amiens in France.
This is a smaller modified version of the highly successful exhibition that opened in Canberra in 1998. Its graphic panel format has been developed specifically for remote and regional venues in a dedicated attempt to reach as many Australians as possible.
The exhibition features stories of ordinary individuals who performed extraordinary acts in the face of adversity. There are first hand accounts and photographic images of Australians killed in action in the final battles of the First World War. The exhibition is an important tribute also to the thousands of men and women who provided medical aid on the battlefields.
The main components of 1918 Australians in France are four freestanding 'Skyline' structures with graphics, four double-sided panels and two showcases containing a small selection of First World War relics.
An online exhibition has been developed to complement the travelling exhibition.
1918 Australians in France (small modified version) Gallery City State Start Finish Como Historic House and Garden Melbourne VIC 25 April 2002 12 May 2002 St Helen History Room St Helen's TAS 25 May 2002 23 June 2002 West Coast Council/ Gaiety Theatre Zeehan TAS 07 August 2002 15 September 2002 Devonport Library Devonport TAS 25 September 2002 04 October 2002 Queen's Hall Parliament of Victoria Melbourne VIC 22 October 2002 11 November 2002 Castlemaine Historical Society Castlemaine VIC 15 November 2002 08 December 2002 Robert O'Hara Burke Memorial Museum Beechworth VIC 10 January 2003 09 February 2002 George Evans Museums Sunbury VIC 17 February 2003 16 March 2003 Griffith Regional Gallery Griffith NSW 23 March 2003 20 April 2003 Lady Denman Heritage Complex Huskisson NSW 25 April 2003 25 May 2003 Roma Town Council Roma QLD 16 September 2003 21 September 2003 Esk Visitor Information Centre Esk QLD 26 September 2003 26 October 2003 St George Regional Museum Hurstville NSW 04 November 2003 11 December 2003 Eden Killer Whale Museum Eden NSW 19 December 2003 07 March 2004 Parkes Library Parkes NSW 11 March 2004 25 April 2004 Army Museum Bandiana Wodonga VIC 30 April 2004 13 June 2004 The Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne VIC 18 June 2004 01 August 2004 Coo-ee Heritage Centre Gilgandra NSW 19 September 2004 31 October 2004