TAG: World War I
Marking the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, this year’s Anzac Day commemorations were of particular significance.
Preserved in the University Archives are a series of letters that provide evidence of the involvement of a considerable number of University students, staff and graduates in the ill-fated campaign.
The letters were sent to the University in response to a […]
A previous post, ‘The University and the Great War‘, highlighted a remarkable series of records held by the University Archives relating to the First World War. Archives Series 73 consists of several hundred letters from the families of serving staff, students and graduates in response to a circular inquiring as to their well-being from University […]
Between early 1917 and late 1918 Douglas Mawson sent several revealing letters to the University outlining his situation and his perspective on the bloody European war, by then into its third and fourth years. After being disappointed in 1916 at what he felt was his failure to find a suitable research role in the war […]
The First World War began only months after Douglas Mawson’s belated return from his Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Stories of the Expedition’s achievements, not least Mawson’s remarkable survival, preceded him and he received a hero’s welcome. Extensive newspaper coverage of Mawson’s February 1914 arrival at Port Adelaide on the Aurora and the subsequent celebration of the […]
The University of Adelaide Archives holds a fascinating set of records relating to the military service of University staff and students during the First World War. These include several hundred letters from the families of serving staff, students and graduates in response to a circular from University Registrar Charles Hodge inquiring as to their well-being: