Laughter: A Powerful Ally

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Research Centre Reading Room

In times of adversity, people often look to humour to keep up their spirits. This exhibition tells the story of comedy performance spanning the First World War through to recent conflicts. Australian performers have entertained the troops for over 100 years, playing an important role in maintaining the morale of servicemen and servicewomen. Shows would commonly include musicians and comedians, usually a mix of professionals and enthusiastic service personnel with a flair for entertaining. On display are original collections from the archive, artworks and posters from the First and Second World War through to recent conflicts where comedians including Chris Franklin, Tom Gleeson, Luke Heggie and Roy and HG performed.

Milne bay concert

 Milne Bay concert party created by official War Artist Roy Hodgkinson in 1942. ART22739.