State Library of South Australia

When Peace Descends: South Australians after the Armistice

Date: 2 November 2018 to 16 November 2018

Time: 1 to 2:30pm

Location: Bronwyn Halliday Learning Studio (in the Hub)

Note: Free entry, bookings essential. 2 sessions available.

Returning wounded soldier PRG 733 115

A Live & Learn program | Discover the stories and images of the aftermath of World War One in our South Australian collections, be hands-on with some special collection items and take a short tour of the Library.

From the onset of World War One, Australian women responded with patriotic fervour and a determination to do their bit. As the war continued over four long years, death tolls rose, the wounded and maimed slowly returned and reality began to bite. In November 1918 came the Armistice and repatriation. And then what happened?

Using material from the Library's published, archival and online collections, we look at South Australian society in peacetime and the effects of loss, grief and war damage. Join us as we explore the aftermath of the 'war to end all wars', including services and aid for returned soldiers and nurses; support for women and their families; symbols of remembrance and local monuments.

This program includes a close look at relevant special items from our collections and concludes with a short tour of the Library.

Image caption: Returning wounded soldier [PRG 733/115]

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