War begins for Australia
Australia was in the middle of a double-dissolution election when Britain declared war against Germany in August 1914. With Britain now at war, all dominions of the British Empire were also at war with Germany — including Australia. The Prime Minister, Joseph Cook as well as opposition leader, Andrew Fisher — who would win the election and become the Prime Minister — both pledged Australia’s full support. The campaign to recruit volunteers for the Australian Imperial Force began straightaway.
We have a number of recently published books about the beginning of the war. Visit us to read these books.
- 1914: the year the world ended
- The origins of the First World War
- The sleepwalkers: how Europe went to war in 1914
- A history of the Great War: World War One and the international crisis of the early twentieth century
Some of the first Bega men to enlist during World War I, 1914, on Tathra Wharf ten miles from Bega. Waiting to embark on ship Merimbula – Tathra, NSW
Digital order number: bcp_02079
- First World War 1914–1918. <http://www.awm.gov.au/atwar/ww1/>. [1 November 2013].
- The National Archives Australia's Prime Ministers. <http://primeministers.naa.gov.au/>. [1 November 2013].
Search Trove to find Australian newspaper articles relating to the outbreak of the war.
Trove includes major Australian metropolitan and regional newspapers. You can search by keyword across all newspapers or narrow your search to a specific newspaper.
View a list of the newspapers available on Trove.
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