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World War I and Australia

Peace

At 11 am on 11 November 1918 fighting ceased as World War I came to an end following an armistice with Germany.

In the following two years treaties of Versailles, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Trianon and Sèvres were signed bringing the war to an official end.

We have a souvenir "victory" programme of the celebrations that took place in Sydney in July 1919. It contains a summary of the terms of the peace treaty (Treaty of Versailles) that was signed on 28 June 1919 as well as the various official and sporting events held in Sydney to mark this important date.

Peace Day, Martin Place, November 8 1918
Digital order number: a6944002

Peace movement

We have the Australian Peace Alliance records, 1907-1924, 1943 as well as the Anti-Conscription League of New South Wales minute book, 23 September 1915-12 August 1917. You can view the records and minutes by visiting us.

You can also view pacifist journals, diaries and letters about the peace movement when you visit us.

Pacifist journals

Diary and letters

 

Souvenir programme : victory celebrations, Sydney, New South Wales, July 19th, 1919
Digital order number: a5956003

 

The residents of Gunningbland, Nelungaloo and Wangalea hold a picnic to celebrate the ending of World War 1

Digital order number: bcp_00418

 

Peace bells: for the piano. Composed by Florence Hope

an4811867 - National Library of Australia

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