State Library of South Australia

The Western Front: Stories from the collections of the State Library of South Australia

Date: 25 June 2016 to 29 August 2016

Time: 10am to Varies

Location: Spence Walkway, first floor Spence Wing

Note: Free entry

The Battle of Fromelles on the 19 and 20 July 1916 was the first major battle fought by Australian troops on the Western Front in France.

This battle is described as the worst 24 hours in Australia's history with over 5,500 losses suffered by the 5th Australian Division.

July 2016 marks 100 years since this bloody battle. The State Library is commemorating this anniversary with an exhibition sharing the moving stories of South Australians who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

We are proud to be a part of the Flanders Fields Poppy Trail, with our Western Front exhibition. A commemoration of the involvement of Australian soldiers on the Western Front, the Poppy Trail includes a range of cultural events and exhibitions.

View the Library's open hours for this exhibit.

Learn more

Read an news article about Welsey Choat, one of the soldiers featured in this exhibit. Written by Brett Williamson for ABC News, published on 20 July 2016.

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