On the other side of the trenches

On the other side of the trenches : The Ottoman Empire Display title poster

If you are passing through the corridor adjacent to Cultural Collections in the Auchmuty Library over the next two or three weeks, you will see a very interesting display curated by two students of the Library and Information Services Certificate III at Newcastle TAFE.

This display looks at the history of the Ottoman Empire, the forces of which were on the other side of the trenches at Gallipoli in 1915. It features 14 great posters created by the students, as well as some chosen by them from our collections. There are also many books on various aspects of the Ottoman Empire society and history, and on the Gallipoli and Palestine campaigns.

Looking back at the war

Finally, there are some artefacts from the First World War, some chosen from our archives and others provided by the curators themselves.

Many thanks to the two students for preparing this display – they are a credit to the TAFE!

World War 1 Archives

Wiz Bang captured by the 10th Australian Infantry Brigade on the hill at Wiancourt. Blown out by a shell. This is a 77 mm gun little under 3″.

Day Shift – 20/04/2010 – 02:10 PM
Presenter: Carol Duncan
Interviewee: Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist, Newcastle University

On the eve of ANZAC day commemorations University of Newcastle Archivist Gionni Di Gravio discusses the World War 1 related archives holdings at the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections in the Auchmuty Library.

Broadcast Notes:

Most of the images come from two collections in particular; the Dalton Family and Colonel Brent Burnell Rodd

View a set of World War 1 photographs from the Archives on Flickr:


and slideshow here:


Here is an overview of our Worl War 1 related archives:




A5197 Correspondence, 1911 – 1914.

Printed materials, 1874 – 1912 (including Articles of War).



A5314 (v) Leeds Parish Church prayers in time of war, November 1914.



A5359 (iii) Press clipping: Warrior’s Chapel, 1935.

A5366 (iii) The Warriors Chapel, 1924.



A5398 (i) Personal diary c. 1914 – 1918. [Photocopies, originals in possession of Mrs. Muriel Rodd].

A5398 (ii) Personal diary c. 1914 – 1918. [Pages 64, 75, 76, 78 missing].

A5398 (viii) Autobiography and family history of Colonel Rodd [n.d.].

A5398 (ix) Photographs:

Soldiers [1914 – 1918].

Photograph and press cutting of Colonel Rodd presenting swords to United Service Club [n.d.].

Field Marshall, The Earl Kitchener [n.d.].

Scotts Ltd, Newcastle, 1916.

King Street, Newcastle, 1916.

A5399 (i) – (ii) Military training notes and miscellanea relating to Colonel Rodd and World War I, 1909 – 1918.

A5399 (iii) Military training notebooks, 1914 – 1918.

Notebook listing members of D. Company [?34th Battalion, 1916].

A5399 (iv) Military records including:

Consecration and presentation of colours, 1925 – 1926.

Exam paper [1927?].

Correspondence and notes relating to 4th Infantry Regiment, November 7th, 1920.

A5399 (v) Some tradition of “the Services” in the Hunter River District by B.B. Rodd [typescript n.d.].

Australian Imperial Force [typescript n.d.].

Saving Amiens: the German thrust at Villers, Bretteneux, March, 1918 [printed].

A5399 (v) Press clippings relating to World War I and the Australian Imperial Forces.

A5399 (vi) Concert programme, 1917.

Printed material including:

Prayer books, 1917.

Selected psalms and proverbs: Active Service edition, 1914 – 1918.
A5400 (vi) Pamphlets relating to Military Forces, World War I.

Australia’s First Expeditionary Force 1914.

The illustrated London News, April 20th, 1918.

Aussie : the Australian Soldiers Magazine, February 16th, 1918.

The origin and history of the City of Newcastle Regiment 2nd Infantry Battalion, Australian Military Forces [?1954].

The Maltese roller, August – September, 1918 [pamphlet].

Form of Service… at Church Parades, 1916.

A5402 Australian Military Forces regulations and training manuals 1903 – 1918 [books and pamphlets].

A5403 [As above] including Australian Military Forces Defence Act 1903 – 1918.



A5582 (vi) Security and Newcastle in the War of 1914 – 1918. [History IIB essay 1979, Xerox copy.]


ALBERT, France [Place]:

A5609 (viii) Documents souvenired by an Australian soldier in the First World War from shell-ruined buildings in Albert, France.



A5759 (ii) Fragments from France: Two booklets of World War 1 cartoons, published by The Bystander. [n.d.].

A5762 Printed material:

Section of? Commonwealth Year Book, 1916?;

Maps: 1819 – c.1945.

War map of the Western Front. Sydney, W. & A.K. Johnston, c.1915;

English Prints:

World War I Posters, 1915;



Commercial Banking Company:

A5821 (iii) War loans records and related correspondence, 1918 – 1920.

Non Business Records:

A5825 (iv) Papers concerned with the R.T. Keys Memorial Gates, 1914.

A5825 (vii) Papers concerned with War Distress Relief Fund, 1914.

A5825 (viii) List of staff at War, 1914 – 1918.

A5825 (x) Papers relating to Comforts Fund, 1916.

A5826 (iv) Picture show tickets and voting slip in relation to “Allies Day”, May 24th, 1916.



A5842a – b Australian War Memorial Museum…1914 – 1918. [Guidebook for the use of visitors], 1925.



A5942 (iii) War census card, 1915.



Printed material:

A5970 (iii) Pamphlets on sex hygiene and morals, 1888 – 1917.

A5974 (i) Ford car catalogues [c. 1915]; perfume advertisements, 1888; Red Cross Appeal 1916.

A5974 (iii) World War I posters, 1914 – 1918.


A5974 (vi) Stead’s war atlas, October, 1916.
Germany’s lost empire in Africa. [c. 1916.]
World War I maps of Europe, 1914 – 1918.



A6137 (iv) Warriors’ Chapel, 1924 – 1979.



Books of Dr. Joseph L. Beeston:

A6202 (ii) Beeston, Joseph Lievesley:
Five months at Anzac…, Syd., A. & R., 1916.

A6202 (viii) MS [copy]: Reminiscences: Newcastle in the early 20th century, by Samuel Lievesley Beeston BE, MIE Aust. Commander R.A.N. (Retired).

A6202 (ix) TS [copy]: The R.A.N. in the first World War [by S.L. Beeston].



A6524 (xiv) Open Foundation history projects, 1986. [Essays and oral history on women].
Robertson, Gwyneth:
A history of Winns Ltd, from October, 1878 to 19th January, 1980. (2 copies) – being an adjunct to the WW1 Winns honour board hanging on the rear wall of the Archives Stack, and which pictures 25 male staff who gave military service during 1914-1918.


NEWCASTLE INFANTRY BATTALIONS: [History]: (Donated by Jim Docherty).

A6575 (iii) The origin and history of the City of Newcastle Regiment 2nd Infantry Battalion, Australian Military Forces, 1855 – 1954.
Newcastle Infantry Battalions, 1903 – 1945. [Notes prepared by Mr. Ric Haines, supplied to J.C. Docherty, October, 1986].


PAUL, MRS J: 1 Ireland Ave, Mayfield (Donor):

A6575 (iv) Ink and wash original postcards by Harry Hargreaves, Newcastle identity, with letters addressed to Lizzie, from Harry Hargreaves In the Field, June 27th, 1917 (World War I).


Conduit: Mr Jim Downie
Date Deposited: November 2006

A6600 (iii) Two Photographs of Ferrier Family.  #2. Family welcome home in the backyard of “Ponsonby” for Gordon Ferrier after 1914-1918 War, circa March/April 1919.
Standing (l-r) Agnes, Adelaide, Isabella, Beryl (behind), Gordon, Amy and Tom.
Front Seated (l-r) Florence, Lily, Marjorie

A6607 (vii) Correspondence, newsclippings and papers relating to Captain Gordon Campbell Wilson, WW1 Military Cross recipient. 1920-1989.


Background material for thesis and book on Newcastle:

A6901 (i) Ideas book, 1974 – 1988. [Newcastle, the making of an Australian City and thesis : Newcastle and conscription 1916 – 1917.

A6901 (iii) A bibliographical essay on a proposed social history of Newcastle, N.S.W., 1912 – 1929, 1974. [In pencil – good bibliography of Newcastle history sources.]

A6902 – A6904 Manuscript notes on cards on Newcastle social history and Newcastle people.

A6905 (vi) Manuscript and typescript notes on war and conscription 1914 – 1917, and notes for first chapter of monograph.

Photocopies of printed material on:

A6905 (vii) Press clippings on Newcastle 1917, 1922.
Newcastle factories, 1915.



A7200 (xii) The Australian warrior-hero and the classical component, paper delivered at the History Conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the National War Memorial, Canberra, November 12th – 15th, 1991, delivered by Dr. B.F. Curran.



A7613 (iv) R W Miller and Company – Costing and Profit Margin data, 1914 – 1918.

A7613 (v) R W Miller and Company – correspondence, balance sheets, tax returns and accounts papers relating to War-time Profits Tax, June, 1912 – September, 1921.


ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF NEWCASTLE – CANON CARLOS STRETCH [Son of Bishop John Francis Stretch]: (Deposited by Helen Pankhurst.), [Accessioned by Mrs. Josie Stevenson, 1999.] :

A7729 (xvi) Folder : Scrapbook containing clippings of war poems from First World War 1914-1918, and copy of Talks with the Troops. Sermon notes by P.S.Wigram. Also clipping of How British swooped on Benghasi (map of Mediterranean) from Maitland Mercury, Saturday, February 15th, 1941.


COCKING, JOSIAH: (Conduit: Keith Cocking, November, 1999.) [Accessioned March, 2000.]

A7748 The notebook Diaries of Josiah Cocking:

E. 4th December 1909 – 17th May 1920, f. 647 – 878.

A7750 News clipping book entitled “Industrial” relating to labour, political, warfare and communist themes, Febuary, 1911 – January, 1932.

News clipping book entitled “Industry. Industrial” relating to labour, communism and warfare, February, 1911 – January, 1932.

[Anthony Horden & Sons Palace Emporium, Sydney, Catalogue used as newspaper clipping book] Book entitled “War” consisting of cuttings relating to warfare, 1913 – 1959.

A7751 The published verse of Josiah Cocking (under a number of pseudonyms such as The Soshalistik Kove, Dad, Daisy’, K.N. Pepper, Capsicum, Taraxacum, Dandelion and Violet) in a series of newscipping exercise books entitled Verses:

1. Verses, May, 1910 – May, 1922, November, 1958 – January, 1959.
7. Verses, July, 1914 – November, 1958.
9. Verses, November, 1911 – June, 1959.
10. Verses, January, 1916 – June 1960.
11. Verses, Typescript of Verses written between 1887 and 1954.

A7752 Josiah Cocking scrapbooks of clippings and manuscript snippets entitled “Scraps”:

2. Scraps, (entitled ‘War Against War’) September, 1910 – 1932.
4. Scraps, (entitled ‘Vera’) August, 1909 – June, 1960.
6. Scraps, 6a 1955 – 1960, 6b August – December, 1907, 6c 1885 – 1889, December, 1918.
7. Scraps, May, 1918 – November, 1934.
8. Scraps, December, 1918 – June, 1940.
9. Scraps, June, 1912 – August, 1934.

A7753 (i) 11. Scraps, August, 1907 – March, 1931.

A7753 (iii) Bound booklets and pamphlets including:

1. Twelve Months of Sedition: Harry Holland’s Speech from the Dock and the Chief Justice’s Remarks in Delivering Sentence. Wellington, 1914.
A7753 (v) Bound booklets and pamphlets including:

3. War! Points About the Fighting Powers: A Handy Catechism [Cover Title: Stead’s War Book Compiled by Henry Stead], Melbourne, n.d.
A7753 (vi) Copy of: Armageddon or Calvary: The Conscientious Objectors of New Zealand and The Process of Their Conversion by H.E. Holland. Wellington, 1919.

A7753 (xiv) Two notebooks containing manuscript versions of Josiah Cocking’s prose and verse works under the pseudonym of ‘Dandelion’, June, 1911 – January, 1914, January, 1914 – April, 1919.

A7754 CD Rom version of The Diaries of Josiah Cocking 1867 – 1960.

[Typescript] Biography of Josiah Cocking by Arthur James Cocking [n.d.]



Supplementary Material Deposited by Mrs Gwen Hamment March 2001

See <http://www.newcastle.edu.au/services/library/collections/archives/int/daltonfamily.html&gt;

A7773 Assorted Children’s Books 1900 – 1908; World War I related material including military training booklets, weapons manuals, newsclippings, maps, 1914 – 1931.

A7774 Four works owned by James Dalton, eldest son of Captain J Dalton and Eliza Jane, who was born in 1883 and was killed in action in the First World War. The Swiss Family Robinson [n.d.] Natural History by Rev J.G. Wood (1868), The Story of the Bible by James Foster [n.d.] and Little Lord Fauntleroy by Mrs F.H. Burnett (1889)


CARRINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOL RECORDS: (Conduit: Mrs. M. Cramp, 188 Denison Street, Hamilton). [Received 15th September, 2000.]

A7795 (v) The Great War Written for Young Australians 1916 by H.D. McLelland B.A. (two copies)


[Received June, 1999.] [Accessioned by Gionni di Gravio, October, 1999.]

See <http://www.newcastle.edu.au/services/library/collections/archives/int/daltonfamily.html&gt;

A8271 (i) Correspondence to William Dalton while serving in France during First World War with two letters to Mr. John Dalton relating to the correspondents. Feb. 1918-Dec. 1919, Nov.1946 – Dec. 1946.

A8271 (ii) Correspondence to William Dalton from various family members during World War I. Sept. 1917 – Nov. 1919.

A8271 (v) Correspondence to William Dalton together with cards, mementos, booklets and paraphernalia (including portions of an airship) relating to World War I. Oct. 1889 – Nov. 1919.

A8271 (vi) Letters to William Dalton while serving overseas during World War I from mother, Eliza Jane and brothers, Harry and John Dalton. Nov. 1917 – Nov. 1919.

A8271 (vii) Photo Album containing images of “Burton Agnes” Salt Ash, family home of Captain John and Eliza Dalton; Dalton family members, Nelson’s Bay, First Methodist Church, Stockton and Newcastle. 1909 – 1916.

A8271 (viii) Photo Album containing images from First World War taken by Mr. William Dalton with written annotations on the reverse side of the photographs. 1916 – c.1919.

A8273 (iv) Folder containing:

Correspondence including wartime letters, 1912 – 1963.

Notes and hessian post bag from First World War period, France.

A8274 (xvi) Artefacts:

‘First Field Dressing’, c.1915.

A8274 (xvii) Soap box containing:

Two pieces of embroidered French linen, c.1914 – 1918.
Various postcards, 1914 – 1916.
Copy of: Chips from Dickens Selected by Thomas Mason, Glasgow: David Bryce & Son, [c.1898].
Copy of: London in Your Pocket, London, 1914.

A8274 (xviii) Three embroidered postcards from the Great War period, 1918.

A8275 (ii) Wartime correspondence, papers and memorabilia including Stockton Methodist Sunday School Anniversary Hymn booklet, new clipping, vouchers, military leave passes, French Republican issue currency, postcards and notebook of William Dalton relating to Australian Imperial Forces (A.I.F.) and fellow servicemen.
1911 – 1919.

A8275 (vii) Postcards and photographs relating to World War I and William Dalton’s service in the Australian Imperial Forces, 1917 – 1919.

A8275 (viii) Two glass negatives of soldiers circa World War 1.

A8275 (ix) Box containing glass negatives:

Jim Dalton, 1917.
Military training at Liverpool, 1917.
“Burton Agnes” Salt Ash (3 images) 1916 – 1917.
William Dalton and Col Porteous, 1915.

A8275 (x) Box containing glass slides:

James Dalton’s Memorial, Williamtown, [c1920s]
Military personnel, Tornuto Italy [1920s]
Bill Horne and Harry Dalton, 1919
Ida Dalton, 1913
Harold Mathewson, 1915

A8275 (xi) Box containing glass negatives of Dalton family members and including Electric Coal Loading Crane at Basin Newcastle and Methodist Church Stockton. 1913 – 1919.

A8275 (xii) Box containing glass negatives of Dalton family members, gravesites of John and James Dalton and Blanch family. 1913 – 1917.

A8275 (xiii) Box containing glass negatives relating to John Graham and family, Blanch family, Liverpool military training for William Dalton, Liverpool Cemetery, and Hetton Pit. 1913 – 1919.

A8275 (xiv) Box containing glass negatives relating to Dalton family, Ernie Gilbert, Albert Forrest and Mathewson family. 1914 – 1919

A8275 (xv) Artefacts:

Two brooches, Red Cross badge and silver thimble belonging to Eliza Jane Dalton, 1912 – 1914.

A8275 (xviii) Handwritten index notes to William Dalton’s Box Brownie wartime images, [c.1916-1919] and early image of Newcastle Harbour [c.1880].


DAVIES, NOEL: [Received: July, 2001.] [Accessioned 2004.]

A8711 (ii) 2 CDRom with Oral Histories relating to Newcastle. “Zoom with a view, oz history via a Vespa”, interviews conducted by Noel Davies. Each disc 72minutes. Disk 2: Discovery of the AE-2 WWI Submarine and interview with Dr. Mark Spencer. Synopsis included, October, 2002. [Received October, 2002.]


NEWCASTLE & HUNTER DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: (Conduit: M. Ebert). [Received: September, 2000]. [Accessioned: 11th November, 2003].

A8775 (vi) Defence, Newcastle, N.S.W., notes, clippings, photographs, certificates. 1914-1992

A8776 (i) War, Newcastle Region, N.S.W., notes, clippings. 1855-1967

A8792 (ii) Collection of souvenir programs ; Gilbert & Sullivan – opera – in Australia, 1879-1932 by Vinia de Loitte ; Newcastle Hospital letter, receipt ; Newcastle Police Committee War veterans appeal letter, receipt. 1915-1991



PHOTOGRAPHS: [Accessioned: July, 2004.]

A8803/P00004 Broadmeadow Showground. [Army uniform in crowd, early model car. 1918?]

A8804/P00238 Newcastle. Horses and Jockeys lined up for a parade through Hunter during the First World War. Pepiti Pa Hospital in the background? [1918?]

A8804/P00427 [Newcastle. War memorial with soldier standing on top of the monument with the statue. Small sepia photograph in envelope 1920’s?]

A8804/P00455 Merewether. War Memorial, Rowlands Park, junction of Morgan, Railway Streets and Glebe Road. Unveiled by Mrs.E.A.M. Merewether, 1917. Photo dated 17th May 1924.


CARRINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOL [records received 9th March, 2005. Conduit: Angie Parkes (ph. 4969 4938)]:

A8808(viii) H.D. McLelland: The Great War, Written for Young Australians Sydney: William Applegate Gullick, Government Printer, 1916 (2 copies)


PAPERS OF THE REV. STANLEY ROBSON WILLEY [Conduit: Rev. S.R. Willey, 33 Miller St, Urangan, Qld, 4655, tel. 07 4125 1165; received (boxes 1-2) 19th May, 2003, (boxes 4-6) January, 2004]

A9037 h. Blandford – writings from postcards, First World War

A9039 c. Letters of Henry C. Eeles, 1908 and 1917



B10402/N1589-1590 Old match-boxes: Marbel’s waterproof match box taken from a dead German soldier in Flanders in the first world war. A type of matchbox made in America, completely waterproof.


B10403/N1783 ‘The Call’ a 1918 work has a wartime theme. It represents Florence Nightingale and a volunteer nurse, is carved in white beech and measures 20”x13”



C900 (xii) P/Copy pages from Newcastle Regional Museum relating to the First World War and ANZAC forces from the Hunter (Undated); Document ‘Shadows of Wire: Hunter Stories of the Great War’ (Undated)


MAP #: M2150
SERIES: Posters
TITLE: [Enlistment poster World War 1]

MAP #: M2151
SERIES: Posters
TITLE: Kitchener’s Solemn Warning.
DATE: (World War 1?)


M4738 The Sydney Mail, Wednesday, 5th September 1917. Issue contains photographs of servicemen from the World War 1914-1918, killed or wounded. Fragile state.


M4742 Fragile Newspapers, Incomplete: The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser. Thursday, 4th February 1892.; Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate. 22nd April 1924. Wallsend Jubilee Celebrations 1874-1924 programme. Biographical items on James Fletcher, died 19th March 1891, and Wallsend Colliery manager John Young Neilson, d. 27th May 1889. ; The Maitland Mail , remnants, Saturday, 18th November 1882, 12th January 1883, 1892?. Published every Saturday morning, Elgin Street, Maitland. ; The Singleton Budget, Friday, 4th December 1925 and Monday, 4th April 1932. ; Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Saturday 16th June, 1934, Friday 6th July 1934, Friday 14th June 1935. Clipping of Vice-Regal Visit to Newcastle by Sir Alexander Hore-Ruthven, reverse side has report of a TocH initiation. ; The Maitland Mercury, Saturday, 9th August 1884. ; The Sunday Times, 21st November 1915. World War 1914-1918 reports. ; Second Sheet to The Maitland Mercury, Saturday 6th February 1892. ; The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tuesday 8th September 1891. Top half of sheets – partial copy. ; Second sheet to The Maitland Mercury, Saturday 23rd July, 1892 . ; Third Sheet to The Maitland Mercury, Saturday 6th February 1892, and 23rd July, 1892.


M4752 D1998/90 Apprentice’s Indenture for Wilfred Wrightson, with the Newcastle & Suburban Co-op. Society Ltd., as a baker.1st September, 1932 ; D1998/39 Certificate of Competency as Master of a harbor or river steamer, Marine Board of New South Wales, granted to Robert Williams. 22nd December, 1881 ; D1998/93 Certificate awarded to No. 5637 Sapper William A. Twist, 2nd Tunnelling Company, A.I.F. Honourably discharged. 22nd November, 1919.


M4765 Collection of supplements and clippings from The Newcastle Herald. 1990- 1997. Sport Monday, Grand Final victory edition, Hail to the Chief. ; The Civic reborn, a jewel in the crown. Refurbishment. ; Earthquake, 5 years on. ; Quake controls latest, quake aftermath. ; Quake aftermath. ; Quake special reprint.
Newcastle Herald, 11th November, 1983, The Day the Great War Ended. ; Newcastle Herald, 8th February, 1993, The Forgotten War. ; Newcastle Herald, 5th June, 1992, The Night War came to Newcastle, 2pp. ; Newcastle Herald, 5th May, 1945, Victory in Europe. ; Newcastle Herald, 6th June, 1994, D-Day Revisited. ; Newcastle Morning Herald, 7th June, 1944, Allies Have Beachheads in France. ; Newcastle Morning Herald, 16th August, 1945, Japan Ordered to Cease Fire. ; Newcastle Morning Herald, 9th May, 1945, Cease Fire Along the European Front. ; Newcastle Morning Herald, 26th December, 1977, Diary of Isaac McAndrew. ; Newcastle Morning Herald, 27th December, 1977, 100 Years Ago (Isaac McAndrew). ; Newcastle Morning Herald, 28th December, 1977, Diary of Isaac McAndrew (Newcastle in 1877).
Tabloids and Supplements:
Sun Herald, 6th August, 1995, Victory in the Pacific – Supplement.; Newcastle Herald, 1939-1945 “Hunter” – The War Years. ; Daily Telegraph Supplement, War in Pictures, 1945. ; Newcastle Herald, 29th June, 1999, The Shelling of Newcastle. ; Newcastle Herald, 15th November, 1986, Surfest ’86. ; The Star, 9th August, 1995, Newcastle Remembers.


M4831 Various Large format Plans, Aerial photographs and historic views of Newcastle and harbour including University.

a. Aerial photograph of University and HIHE site 20 February 1974
b. Satellite photograph of Hunter Region, 1980-1983
c. Map of the Municipality of Newcastle, January 1926
d. Plan of Hospital for the Insane, Newcastle, 2 Dec 1880.
e. Newcastle. Supplement to the Sydney Illustrated News, April 1875.
f. City of Newcastle, New South Wales. From the Illustrated Sydney News [1887/9?]
g. Panorama of Newcastle, N.S.W. from Mrs Woods Residence (Baker Street) 1895.
h. Newcastle from the North Shore 1895.
i. Photograph of Discharge Certificate: “No. 5637 Sapper William A. Twist 2nd Tunnelling Company A.J.T. Served with honour and was disabled in the Great War. Honourably discharged on 22nd November 1919. [Signed] George R.J.”


( Compiled by Gregg Heathcote, University of Newcastle Archives, originally July 2004 – updated May 2014 )


An Anthropology of ANZAC

School of Humanities and Social Science

An Anthropology of ANZAC

Barry Morris

Friday, 25 September 2009
10am to 11am

(with morning tea/coffee afterwards)

Cultural Collections Reading Room (near the Information Common)
Level 2, Auchmuty Library, Callaghan Campus

The general aim of this paper is to provide an anthropological understanding of ANZAC commemorations and its practices. ANZAC is the major commemorative of Australian nationalism. The narratives of ANZAC and the commemorative rituals are considered in this paper as a foundation myth of national origins. I will argue that the characterisations of ANZAC and of nationalism in terms of political alignments underestimates the power of myth and of nationalism.

Barry Morris has contributed years of research into indigenous issues and race relations in Australia. His approach has developed out of the insight that it is necessary to explore the cultural logic that has informed exclusionary practices in Australia rather than liberal approaches couched in more universal expressions of social or civil rights and, more recently, human rights. Dr Morris has contributed to an increased international and theoretical interest in localised as well as national expressions and practices of social exclusion and inclusion. He is currently an Academic Research Member of the Wollongong-Newcastle Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS).

Staff, students and members of the public are welcome

Enquiries to: Michael Ondaatje – Michael.Ondaatje@newcastle.edu.au