Shadows of Sacrifice

17 Jan 2014 - 16 Dec 2018

World War I lasted over four years and caused the greatest loss of life in Australian history. The impact of the war in Newcastle and the Hunter is still felt today.

Shadows of Sacrifice: Newcastle’s Great War 1914 – 1918 will follow general events of the war and also focus on the lives of specific Novocastrians. From 2014 to 2018, the exhibition will change every six months to reflect the changing events of one hundred years ago.

From a population of less than 5 million, almost 417,000 Australians served in the war.  Ten thousand Hunter and Newcastle men enlisted and at least 75 women served as nurses.

Australian war dead totalled 61,520. Many of those who returned were so damaged physically and psychologically that their lives were never the same.

Image courtesy of Australian War Memorial E01220

 

  • Outbreak 1914
    World War I lasted over four years and caused the greatest loss of life in Australian history. The impact of the war in Newcastle and the Hunter is still felt today.


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  • Deadlock 1915
    Throughout 1915 fighting became increasingly dehumanised as both sides tried to break the deadlock of trench warfare.


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  • Gallipoli 1915
    On April 25 1915, Allied forces landed at Gallipoli in an attempt to knock the Ottoman Empire out of the war. The campaign failed miserably.


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  • Snapshots of War - 1915
    BHP Steelworks opened in Newcastle in 1915. Steel from BHP provided the bulk of NSW’s contribution to the war effort; much of it was sent to Western Europe for rail building or munitions.

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  • Evacuation 1915
    As winter closed in, the futility of Gallipoli became apparent. Fierce fighting had resulted in only minor gains. Men were being sent to hospital sick at a higher rate than those wounded.
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  • General Bridges
    As Australia’s most senior commander, General William Throsby Bridges was the only ANZAC to be returned to Australia for burial during World War One. 
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  • Snapshots of War - 1916
    Australians at home put considerable effort and time into the provision of comfort items for soldiers fighting overseas.
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  • Technological Change
    As technology advanced rapidly the ferocious destruction of World War I came as a shock to all participants.
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  • Snapshots of War
    The rise of the air force during World War I caused significant changes in tactics. Initially, reconnaissance aircraft provided information about enemy positions.
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  • Death and Mourning
    The Great War changed the way Australians grieved. The elaborate rituals of Victorian mourning were quickly discarded, seeming inappropriate and self-indulgent in the face of death on such an enormous scale.
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Venue

Newcastle Museum
6 Workshop Way
Newcastle
2300