The talk will be held at Strathfield Library on Saturday 29 May 2021 at 2pm. Bookings essential. Book here
When Britain declared war on Germany in 1914, Australia as a self-governing dominion of the British Empire also declared itself at war. The decision received popular and enthusiastic support as the majority of the Australian population strongly identified with Britain. However Australia was ill-prepared for the war and called upon its small population to enlist and fight overseas, finance and support the war effort. However, as the war progressed with growing numbers of casualties, the initial enthusiasm for war and volunteer enlistments declined. By 1916, the Australian Government proposed compulsory enlistments or conscription, a proposal that was put to the vote twice dividing communities across the country, including the Strathfield district.
This talk discusses the War at Home with focus on the local communities of the Strathfield district and the contributions of men and women to the war effort. The talk accompanies the exhibition, Strathfield Answers the Call 1914-1918.
Afternoon tea will be served.
This exhibition is hosted by Strathfield Council and Strathfield-Homebush District Historical Society. Cathy is the Secretary of the Strathfield-Homebush District Historical Society.