On the home front history symposium - Day 2 Wednesday 11 May 2016
Like much of Australia during the war years, Queensland was a divided society. Debates about conscription, the changing role of women and the growing number of broken families characterised a society that was struggling to cope with rapid systemic change.
On the home front symposium brought together Australia’s leading historical thinkers and commentators to discuss and explore how the First World War was experienced by those that did not leave Australia to fight in a faraway war, but remained at home during the war – in their community, in their family. How did wider social, political and cultural factors impact the lives of those on the home front?
Stories about life on the home front are sometimes regarded as secondary to the military history and battle stories of the First World War. For some, the real history of the First World War took place on the battlefields of Gallipoli, Amiens, and Villers-Bretonneux rather than in the communities of Bundaberg, Brisbane and Charters Towers. On the home front challenged this view by illuminating the significance of home front history and its enduring legacy.
A panel discussion facilitated by Ian Townsend as a follow up from presentations by:
* Professor John Pearn; They also serve: children and families on the home front – Queensland in
World War One.
* Professor Alistair Thomson: Telling difficult family war stories: searching for Hector Thomson.
* Dr Alana Piper: Grasping harpies and desperate women: fortune-telling during the First
More information on Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation project qanzac100.slq.qld.gov.au/.