World War 1 Remembered
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World War 1 Remembered is dedicated to our local champions who volunteered to serve in a war far from home and to those who remained offering their support from the home front.
Most of the images, ephemera and documents displayed on this and the following pages can be found in the Woollahra Local History Centre's collection.
Listen to interviews with family members of those who took part in World War 1 and have a connection with our local area. The interviews explore their memories of these soldiers and consequent investigations into their family tree.
In September 1916, Leo Whitby resigned his position as mayor of Woollahra and enlisted for active service. He embarked for England in December 1916, aged 37.
In the first days of the war, the ultimate demand which would be made upon the nation's human resources was unimaginable. Similarly unforeseeable, in the heady atmosphere of an initial enlistment rush, was the eventual development of a recruitment shortfall.
Despite living so far from the scenes of battle, the residents of the municipalities of Paddington, Vaucluse and Woollahra received constant reminders of the conflict abroad from the sights and sounds of their local neighborhoods.
As the shocking effects of the war began to be felt, communities across the country were driven by the need to find a way to honour and remember those who served and died so far from home.
The end of active combat, secured by the signing of an armistice on 11 November 1918, allowed a gradual refocusing of the national vision. Participation in the war had brought about irreversible social and economic change, which drove the next stage of the nation's history.
Share your personal story about the First World War through your family history and read stories submitted by our community.