Students of Camperdown Public School knitting socks for soldiers, c. 31/12/1916

Exhibition - A Call to Arms

As part of the New South Wales Centenary of World War I and Anzac commemorative program, State Records is proud to honour the Centenary of World War I and Anzac with an exhibition that draws from State Records' vast collection to look at life in New South Wales during the war years.

The exhibition focuses on the key themes of:

  • In Service - enlistment and the response of the Government and people of NSW
  • On the Home Front - what day-to-day life was like for people in Sydney and NSW during the war years
  • In Remembrance - how the war was commemorated across NSW, in particular through war memorials

A Call to Arms showcases records from the declaration of war on 4 August 1914 until September 1916, just before the first plebiscite (public vote) was held on the conscription of young men into war service. The exhibition includes photographs, official documents, letters and printed material that provides an insight into the lives of the people of NSW and the Government who served them during the first part of the Great War.

The exhibition is designed to:

  • Communicate events and stories on World War I in New South Wales through the State archives
  • Demonstrate the activities of the NSW Government and employees during World War I and
  • Encourage research on related themes using the wonderful State archives collection

A Call to Arms will be on display at the Western Sydney Records Centre from September 2014 - April 2015.

The exhibition is to be the first of a number of exhibitions State Records will host progressively over the course of the Anzac Centenary commemoration from now through to 2018.

service | Gallipoli | ANZAC Day | Home Front | recruitment | Enemy Aliens | Remembrance | Internment | Patriotic Fundraising

Project milestones

Exhibition closes
April 2015

Exhibition opening
17 September 2014

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