World War I
Friday, April 25th, 10am-7pm
Shrine of Remembrance/St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Causes of World War I
The causes of World War I, which began in central Europe in late July 1914 and finished in 1918, including many factors, such as the conflicts and hostility of the four decades leading up to the war. Militarisnm alliances, imperialism, and nationalism played major roles in the conflict as well. The immediate origins of the war, however, lay in the decisions taken by statesmen and generals during the Crisis of 1914, casus belli for which was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (the Archduke of Austria Hungary) and his wife Sophie by Gavrilo Princip, an irresentist Serb.
Australia's Involvement with the War
Although war was very distant to Australia , its membership of the British empire ensured that there was strong public support for involvement of the war. In 1914 Australia's Prime Minister immediately promised Australia support for Britain.
Significant Battles of WWI with Australia
The main battles that Australia fought in were the Third Battle of Ypres, Battles of Bullecourt and Messines, Gallipoli, Fromelles, the Somme, Dernancourt and the Western Front.
Impact on Australia
Much of the Australian economy, government and society in general was transformed in World War I. Women had to replace men in the workforce,but were not paid reasonably. Destruction of a generation of men - 331 781 troops into action - 59 342 killed or died from wounds - 152 171 wounded or affected by gas.
Lest We Forget
As the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.
Brave, Loving, Thoughtful
Fighting in World War I
Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
On 25 April 1915, eight months into the First World War, allied soldiers landed on the shores of the Gallipoli peninsula. Although Anzac Day, the anniversary of the first day of conflict, does not mark a military triumph, it does remind us of a very important episode in our history.