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Attempting the impossible: Fred Weir

Watch the story of Fred Weir, a nervy man broken by war and the land. Note: This story is a silent presentation. Minor modifications have been made to sentence structure …

Gone to pieces: William Brown

Watch the story of William Brown and see how the violence of war spilled over into a veteran’s family. Note: This story is a silent presentation. Minor modifications have been …

Introduction to the stories

Watch Bruce Scates introduce the stories from Victoria’s Parliament House. Having explored aspects of divisions in Australian society during the Great War, you can now explore stories of how soldier …

His country and his manhood: Charlie Byrne

Watch the story of Charles Byrne, the Gallipoli veteran who demanded a land fit for heroes. Note: This story is a silent presentation. Minor modifications have been made to sentence …

Friendship knows no boundaries: Margaret Thorp

Watch the story of Margaret Thorp and discover a different kind of courage in war. Note: This story is a silent presentation. Minor modifications have been made to sentence structure …

I am against all wars: Archie Baxter

Watch the story of Archibald Baxter, a New Zealand pacifist sent to fight in France. Note: This story is a silent presentation. Minor modifications have been made to sentence structure …

Introduction to week 5

Laura James introduces the theme of The Old Lie and the stories and issues you’ll explore this week.

Introduction to the stories

Bruce Scates introduces the stories from Villers-Bretonneux, France. After you’ve watched the stories, we’ll be asking you to reflect on how each explores aspects of the division in Australian society …

Hearts broken for what?: Arthur Rae

Watch the story of Arthur Rae and view one of the most challenging epitaphs written for a World War I grave. Note: This story is a silent presentation. Minor modifications …

The long shadow

Watch Professor Jay Winter discuss the long shadow of war wounds, pensions and how the war came home to Australia.

A surface story of glory

Watch Professor Jay Winter talk about how shell shock manifested itself and how the term serves as a metaphor for the war. A list of supplementary readings from the interview …

Out of the silence: Unknown Patient

Watch the story of the unknown patient and how his identity was not discovered until a decade after the war. Note: This story is a silent presentation. Minor modifications have …
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