Take a walking tour exploring the impact of the world wars on ordinary Australian citizens. Who were the soldiers? Who recruited? Who opposed? How were soldiers supported by the Home Front? What happened when they returned? How are they remembered? Who were Jacka’s mob? What roles did women play?
We visit places that tell the story of
– Different kinds of memorials e.g statue, building, Cenotaph.
– Volunteering and recruitment
– The 14th Battalion or ‘Jacka’s Mob’,
– Recreation and caring for wounded soldiers,
– The Home Front and Patriotic Leagues
– Acts of Valour
– Soldier histories including John Monash and Albert Jacka
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PALAIS TRIANGLE: The presenting of the Colours of the 14th Battalion in 1914. Story of Sir John Monash 4th Brigade, Lt Colonel Courtney (Courtney’s Post), Peace Celebration 1919, Childrens Peace medals, Story of Andrew Gillison chaplain 14th Battalion. Story of Gunner: The 14th Battalion mascot was a fox terrier dog.
THE WOUNDED SOLDIERS LOUNGE: Opened Dec 1915 to support WW1 Australian and allied soldiers with company, social activities and food.
BEACONSFIELD PARADE: World War One memorial cenotaph. Formerly the Military Road, rifle ranges, artillery, drill halls, rifle brigade, militia gun batteries.
CAVELL STREET: The historic role of nurses in the war, the story of army nurse and heroine Edith Cavell.
LUNA PARK: Venue for fund raising, the Patriotic Carnivals, Red Cross and Comfort Fund, Patrotic League.
ACLAND STREET – SITE FOUR MEMORIAL HALL: Story of Albert Jacka VC, Soldiers Memorial Hall, RSL, Mem Theatre,
SPORTMENS 100 including St Kilda Football Team
ROLE OF ARTISTS: Albert Tucker Images of Evil, Sidney Nolan
LITTLE LUNA PARK; Anti-German sentiment
O’DONELL GARDENS – Memorial James Bennet – World War one airman, The home Front, Conforts Fund, Recritment fund, Red Cross, Patrotic League, Button Campaigns, Purple Cross.
ALFRED SQUARE – War memorials
ACLAND STREET CHRIST CHURCH; Patriotic committees
PRINCE OF WALES AND GATWICK HOTEL: WW11 Army and Navy clubs
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