Shell-shocked: Australia after Armistice

At 5am on 11 November 1918, on a train outside Paris, the armistice to end World War I was signed. It marked the end of a conflict that left 200,000 Australians dead, injured or maimed, and a generation in shell shock.

Following the immediate jubilation marking the end of World War I, soldiers came home to a different reality. Drawing on the National Archives’ rich collection, including individual service records, Shell-shocked: Australia after Armistice explores a young nation's struggle over the next 20 years with the lingering effects of the war.

Feel the grief and uncertainty of the mother unable to find out the fate of her son for two years. Discover what the future held for the brave nurse wounded on the field as she treated a casualty. Follow the journeys of soldiers as they resettled after the horrors of battle.

The National Archives of Australia Mapping Our Anzacs site allows you to search service records and see the origins and place of enlistment of Australian Army members during the war.

Developed by the National Archives of Australia with the support from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

This exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia, a Commonwealth Government Program. 

Event Details

Dates
04 May 2013 09:30 AM - 28 July 2013 05:00 PM
Location
The Box Gallery, Level One
Cost
Free with Admission