Beyond the battlefield

Do things return to normal between couples when the war is over? What about couples whose relationship was founded on war time experiences? This section considers the impact of war on peacetime lives. It looks at war brides, as well as the impact of conflict on other relationships

Reunion

Back home. ART22893.

Back Home.  ART22893

Welcome Home banner made from a cut down white cotton sheet with 'WELCOME / HOME RYAN / I [LOVE] YOU' painted on it. REL39871.

Welcome Home banner made from a cut down white cotton sheet with 'WELCOME  HOME RYAN  I [LOVE] YOU' painted on it.  REL39871

An unidentified marine technician from HMAS Darwin kisses his girlfriend at a homecoming ceremony for HMAS ANZAC and HMAS Darwin at Victoria Quay, Fremantle, WA.

An unidentified marine technician from HMAS Darwin kisses his girlfriend at a homecoming ceremony for HMAS ANZAC and HMAS Darwin at Victoria Quay, Fremantle, WA.  P04192.123

NX25641 Private (Pte) Albert George Denovan, of Sydney NSW, 2/3 Pioneer Battalion, a former prisoner of war (POW) is reunited with relatives at the showground.083286

Private (Pte) Albert George Denovan, of Sydney NSW, 2/3 Pioneer Battalion, a former prisoner of war (POW) is reunited with relatives at the showground.  083286

A wounded AIF soldier receives an affectionate welcome home at the Anzac Buffet in The Domain in Sydney.H11574.

A wounded AIF soldier receives an affectionate welcome home at the Anzac Buffet in The Domain in Sydney.  H11574

VX30647 Driver Alfred George Floate, 9th Division, receiving a hearty welcome kiss from his wife on his return home from the Middle East.138252.

Driver Alfred George Floate, 9th Division, receiving a hearty welcome kiss from his wife on his return home from the Middle East.  138252

Depicts an Australian digger bidding farewell to a young woman at the train station. ART93275

Depicts an Australian digger bidding farewell to a young woman at the train station.  ART93275

Going home by Penleigh Boyd.ART93276.

Going home by Penleigh Boyd.  ART93276

A fashionably dressed girl stands on the deck of a troop ship.  By Penleigh Boyd. ART93277.

A fashionably dressed girl stands on the deck of a troop ship.  By Penleigh Boyd. ART93277

Changed lives

Start saving now for your post-war car. ARTV04489.

Start saving now for your post-war car.  ARTV04489

Amethyst and pearl necklace. REL29398.

Amethyst and pearl necklace.  REL29398

Japanese manufactured teapot : Stoker Petty Officer E B Powell, RAN.REL34772

Japanese manufactured teapot : Stoker Petty Officer E B Powell, RAN.  REL34772

Japanese manufactured milk jug : Stoker Petty Officer E B Powell, RAN. REL34773.

Japanese manufactured milk jug : Stoker Petty Officer E B Powell, RAN.  REL34773

Japanese manufactured sugar bowl : Stoker Petty Officer E B Powell, RAN. REL34774.

Japanese manufactured sugar bowl : Stoker Petty Officer E B Powell, RAN.  REL34774

Japanese cake plate : Stoker Petty Officer E B Powell, RAN. REL34775.

Eleven Japanese manufactured bread and butter plates : Stoker Petty Officer E B Powell, RAN.   REL34775

Eleven Japanese manufactured bread and butter plates : Stoker Petty Officer E B Powell, RAN. REL34776

Japanese cake plate : Stoker Petty Officer E B Powell, RAN.  REL34776

Eleven Japanese manufactured tea cups and saucers : Stoker Petty Officer E B Powell, RAN.REL34777.

Eleven Japanese manufactured tea cups and saucers : Stoker Petty Officer E B Powell, RAN.  REL34777

Army daze, Home sweet home. ART45059.

Army Daze, Home Sweet Home.  ART45059

HMS 'Terrible'. ARTC00037.

HMS 'Terrible'.  ARTC00037

We regret to inform you

General Sir Thomas Blamey GBE KCB CMG DSO ED, talking with Mrs Vasey, Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Vasey and Lt Col J Chapman on board the troop transport Strathallan during embarkation of the Advance Party 6th Division AIF for service overseas. 000304/09.

General Sir Thomas Blamey GBE KCB CMG DSO ED, talking with Mrs Vasey, Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Vasey and Lt Col J Chapman on board the troop transport Strathallan during embarkation of the Advance Party 6th Division AIF for service overseas.  00030409

Melbourne, vic. 1944-02-14. Mrs g. Vasey (right) one of the convenors of the produce stall and mrs j. C. Mollard, convenor of the prisoner-of-war stall at the aif market fair to be held in the town hall on 1944-03-03. 140410.

Melbourne, vic. 14-02-1944. Mrs G. Vasey (right) one of the convenors of the produce stall and Mrs J. C. Mollard, convenor of the prisoner-of-war stall at the AIF market fair to be held in the town hall on 03-03-1944.  140410

Melbourne, Victoria. Widows of Australian WW1 soldiers at a millinery class at a vocational training school. H13035

Melbourne, Victoria. Widows of Australian WW1 soldiers at a millinery class at a vocational training school.  H13035

Bronze next of kin plaque. REL40723.001.

Commemorative scroll associated with the next of kin plaque sent to Mrs Margaret Mary Hindley, widow of 2650 Private William Hindley who was killed in action on 24 July 1916.  REL40723.001

Studio portrait of 2650 Private (Pte) William Hindley, 4th Battalion, of Paddington, New South Wales. P06371.001.

Studio portrait of 2650 Private (Pte) William Hindley, 4th Battalion, of Paddington, New South Wales.  P06371.001

Informal portrait of NX52530 Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Samuel Edward Cameron, 2/19th Battalion, of Queanbeyan, NSW. P03727.001.

Informal portrait of NX52530 Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Samuel Edward Cameron, 2/19th Battalion, of Queanbeyan, NSW.  P03727.001

Female relative badge : Mrs I I Cameron. REL30598

Female relative badge : Mrs I I Cameron.  REL30598

Mothers and widows badge : Mrs I I Cameron. REL30599.

Mothers and widows badge : Mrs I I Cameron.  REL30599

A new life abroad

London, England. c. 1917. Wedding portrait of 218 Temporary Staff Sergeant Henry (Harry) William Freeman and his English bride Dorothy (nee Wilson) after their marriage at Islington. P02098.001.

London, England. c. 1917. Wedding portrait of 218 Temporary Staff Sergeant Henry (Harry) William Freeman and his English bride Dorothy (nee Wilson) after their marriage at Islington.  P02098.001

Kure, Japan. c.1952. 3/3522 Sergeant T. R. MacQuin of Australian Army Education Service stands in front of a class of Japanese war brides to give them information about Australia. 148580.

Kure, Japan. c.1952. 3/3522 Sergeant T. R. MacQuin of Australian Army Education Service stands in front of a class of Japanese war brides to give them information about Australia.  148580

Sydney, NSW. C. 1943. Australia's first school for wives. P00561.011

Sydney, NSW. C. 1943. Australia's first school for wives.  P00561.011

Probably Melbourne, Vic. C. 1945. Group portrait of Australian wives and babies of American soldiers leaving an Australian port for the United States. P00561.036.

Probably Melbourne, Vic. C. 1945. Group portrait of Australian wives and babies of American soldiers leaving an Australian port for the United States.  P00561.036

Melbourne, Vic. C. 1945. Four wives of American servicemen gather with their children in the Botanical Gardens. P00561.033.

Melbourne, Vic. C. 1945. Four wives of American servicemen gather with their children in the Botanical Gardens.  P00561.033

Membership badge : US Wives Mothers Social Club, Victoria. REL34259.

Membership badge : US Wives Mothers Social Club, Victoria.  REL34259

 

Introduction

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Separation

The future

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