'Romance and recruitment' and 'Meetings and marriages'

This theme explores the romantic allure of the man in uniform as well as the social changes that occurred during wartime. Opportunities to travel and to meet potential partners from different countries or social situations abounded. War heightens feelings between lovers and creates a sense of urgency. These sections also explore how war has affected courtships and weddings.

Romance and recruitment

Printed handkerchief with words, music and illustrations to Laddie in Khaki (The Girl Who Waits at Home) by Ivor Novello. REL28926

Printed handkerchief with words, music and illustrations to Laddie in Khaki (The Girl Who Waits at Home) by Ivor Novello.  REL28926

A black and white postcard produced by the State Recruiting Committee of South Australia. RC02284

A black and white postcard produced by the State Recruiting Committee of South Australia.  RC02284

Australian red ensign : Private P V Barr, 14 Battalion AIF. REL32928

Australian red ensign : Private P V Barr, 14 Battalion AIF.  REL32928

Officers celebrating the coming festive season during a dance in Atherton, Queensland. 085470

Officers celebrating the coming festive season during a dance in Atherton, Queensland.  085470

Meetings

Wedding portrait of Lieutenant Oliver Zachariah Neall DCM, of 2/8 Battalion AIF, and his wife Golda (nee Ellis). P04243.001

Wedding portrait of Lieutenant Oliver Zachariah Neall DCM, of 2/8 Battalion AIF, and his wife Golda (nee Ellis).  P04243.001

Nursing sisters dancing with soldiers, 1919. H01184

Nursing sisters dancing with soldiers, 1919.  H01184

A dance at the YWCA ballroom in Cairo for members of the RAAF Liaison Office. MEB0149

A dance at the YWCA ballroom in Cairo for members of the RAAF Liaison Office.  MEB0149

Sunday afternoon by Geoffrey Mainwaring. ART21257

Sunday afternoon by Geoffrey Mainwaring.  ART21257

Sun worshippers, Lake Eacham. ART21254

Sun worshippers, Lake Eacham.  ART21254

One Sunday afternoon in Townsville

One Sunday afternoon in Townsville.  ART21350

Cheer Up Society cape : Miss G J Ellis. REL32369.

Cheer Up Society cape : Miss G J Ellis.  REL32369

The Americans

American servicemen splash in the sea at Eineo Beach with Air Force Victorettes,. P00561.013.

American servicemen splash in the sea at Eineo Beach with Air Force Victorettes.  P00561.013

A member of the US Navy and his Australian woman companion pose for the while-you-wait photographer in Hyde Park with St Mary's Cathedral in the background.

A member of the US Navy and his Australian woman companion pose for the while-you-wait photographer in Hyde Park with St Mary's Cathedral in the background.  C301237

Two American servicemen are strolling arm-in-arm with Australian girls along the banks of the Yarra. 011543.

Two American servicemen are strolling arm-in-arm with Australian girls along the banks of the Yarra.  011543

Woman and soldier (Pick up) by Noel Counihan. ART28625.

Woman and soldier (Pick up) by Noel Counihan.  ART28625

Foreign affairs

Engraved sterling silver cigarette case : Sergeant Olive May (Kelso) King, Ambulance Driver, Serbian Army. REL18757.

Engraved sterling silver cigarette case : Sergeant Olive May (Kelso) King, Ambulance Driver, Serbian Army.  REL18757

The wedding of Sergeant Allen Clement of Greenacre, NSW and Staff Sergeant Christine Matthews of Chicago, Illinois. ACCNUM.

The wedding of Sergeant Allen Clement of Greenacre, NSW and Staff Sergeant Christine Matthews of Chicago, Illinois. ACCNUM.  WAR700166VN

Decorative love letter to an unidentified soldier. PR03970

Decorative love letter to an unidentified soldier.  PR03970

Hospital romance

Balcony of troopers' ward, 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia. ART02815

Balcony of troopers' ward, 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia.  ART02815

Group portrait of Australian soldiers and nurses,1917. P07678.002

Group portrait of Australian soldiers and nurses, guests at the wedding of 4454 Corporal (Cpl) George Charles Laffin, 3rd Australian General Hospital (3AGH), and Sister Nellie Alfreda (Nell) Pike.  P07678.002

Studio portrait of VFX65911 Lieutenant (Lt) Sister Kathleen Carew Gardner, 115 Australian General Hospital. P04320.005.

Studio portrait of VFX65911 Lieutenant (Lt) Sister Kathleen Carew Gardner, 115 Australian General Hospital.  P04320.005

Studio portrait of VX5519 Captain (Capt) James McCaig Menzies, 2/7 Battalion, of Dorog, Vic (originally of Scotland). P04325.001.

Studio portrait of VX5519 Captain (Capt) James McCaig Menzies, 2/7 Battalion, of Dorog, Vic (originally of Scotland).  P04325.001

Marriages

Wedding portrait of Isabel Platt-Hepworth and Captain Alfred Jakins Bell, 1939. P04464.001

Wedding portrait of Isabel Platt-Hepworth and Captain Alfred Jakins Bell, 1939.  P04464.001

Wedding dress: Miss Isabel Margaret Platt-Hepworth REL32860.002.

Wedding dress: Miss Isabel Margaret Platt-Hepworth.  REL32860.002

Wedding gloves : Miss Isabel Margaret Platt-Hepworth. REL32860.003.

Wedding gloves : Miss Isabel Margaret Platt-Hepworth.  REL32860.003

Captain Ronald Henry Christian MC and bar and Yvonne Marcelline Marie 'Dickie' Antoine after their wedding, 1943.P01641.028

Captain Ronald Henry Christian MC and bar and Yvonne Marcelline Marie 'Dickie' Antoine after their wedding, 1943.  P01641.028

Informal portrait of three couples enjoying a day out. P05417.003.

Informal portrait of three couples enjoying a day out.  P05417.003

Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Clifford Coulson of Coburg, Vic with his bride to be, Miss Janet Pritchard of Norwich. Malta0780B

Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Clifford Coulson of Coburg, Vic with his bride to be, Miss Janet Pritchard of Norwich.  Malta0780B

Pilot's wings brevet : Flying Officer L R Pedersen, 463 Squadron, RAAF. REL31741.

Pilot's wings brevet : Flying Officer L R Pedersen, 463 Squadron, RAAF.  REL31741

Colour patch sweetheart brooch : Miss D J Harvey. ACCNUM.

Colour patch sweetheart brooch : Miss D J Harvey. ACCNUM.  REL39881

Making do

Portrait of Able Seaman (AB) Torpedoman William John Richardson and Muriel McGlynn in St Aidens Church, Annandale, on their wedding day. P03246.001.

Portrait of Able Seaman (AB) Torpedoman William John Richardson and Muriel McGlynn in St Aidens Church, Annandale, on their wedding day.  P03246.001

The wedding of Flying Officer J. F. A. Ellis of the RAAF of Creswick, Vic, to Flight Sergeant Molly I. Dunlop of Glasgow, Scotland at St Andrew's Church, Cairo. SUK13619.

The wedding of Flying Officer J. F. A. Ellis of the RAAF of Creswick, Vic, to Flight Sergeant Molly I. Dunlop of Glasgow, Scotland at St Andrew's Church, Cairo.  SUK13619

Model field gun from wedding cake : Sergeant H S Smith, Royal Australian Artillery.REL29210

Model field gun from wedding cake : Sergeant H S Smith, Royal Australian Artillery.  REL29210

Wedding presentation tray : Lieutenant T E Davis, RAN. REL00379.

Wedding presentation tray : Lieutenant T E Davis, RAN.  REL00379

Signaller and Mrs K. O'Brien leave St Patrick’s Cathedral after their wedding.. ACCNUM.

Signaller and Mrs K. O'Brien leave St Patricks Cathedral after their wedding. ACCNUM.  137489

Far from home

The bride and groom leaving the tent in which they were married at the church camp, infantry base details, west Lemnos, through an arch of drawn bayonets.. P01360.001 .

The bride and groom leaving the tent in which they were married at the church camp, infantry base details, west Lemnos, through an arch of drawn bayonets.  P01360.001

Marriage certificate for Clarice Jessie Daley and Ernest Alfred Lawrence. PR90133

Marriage certificate for Clarice Jessie Daley and Ernest Alfred Lawrence.  PR90133

A German couple, Johanna Weiters and Fritz Haarstich, on their wedding day. P00595.108.

A German couple, Johanna Weiters and Fritz Haarstich, on their wedding day.  P00595.108

Corporal J. Rickards and Private E Townsend during their marriage ceremony.. 095030.

Corporal J. Rickards and Private E Townsend during their marriage ceremony.  095030

Lieutenant Colonel Fergus MacAdie (left), Commanding Officer of the 67th Infantry Battalion serving with BCOF, uses a ceremonial sword to cut the wedding cake at his wedding reception party at Mudge Hall. P01813.178.

Lieutenant Colonel Fergus MacAdie (left), Commanding Officer of the 67th Infantry Battalion serving with BCOF, uses a ceremonial sword to cut the wedding cake at his wedding reception party at Mudge Hall.  P01813.178

Portrait of Acting Sergeant (later Lieutenant) John Frederick Bagot and his bride Eileen Dubois Ive. DAX0549.

Portrait of Acting Sergeant (later Lieutenant) John Frederick Bagot and his bride Eileen Dubois Ive. DAX0549

Portrait of Bagot Wedding Group. DAX0548.

Portrait of Bagot Wedding Group.  DAX0548

Soldiers of the 13th Light Horse provide the Wedding Guard for John Bagot and his new wife, Eileen Dubois Ive. DAX0551.

Soldiers of the 13th Light Horse provide the Wedding Guard for John Bagot and his new wife, Eileen Dubois Ive.  DAX0551

Introduction

First glance

Separation

The future

Tour information

Stories of Love and War