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Shadows of Sacrifice

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. The Allies never penetrated the peninsula and deadlock prevailed with colossal loss of life on both sides.

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