Australia’s home front

Australia’s home front
A new resource for students
14 October 2014

Students can now take a close look into the experiences of Australians on the home front during the First World War in a new learning resource.

The National Library of Australia’s education unit has been working with the ABC to develop content for Splash, an education website for teachers, school-aged children and their parents.

The first Digibook explores how Australians dealt with issues such as enlistment, the cost of war, conscription and the impact of war at a family and community level using the Library’s unique collections of recruitment posters, photography, oral history recordings, diaries, letters and ephemera.

The collection will also make a great accompanying resource for a visit to the Library’s upcoming exhibition Keepsakes: Australians and the Great War (due to open on 26 November 2014).

But that’s not all! Stay tuned for more announcements and the release of the two more Digibooks. Aligned with Australian Curriculum History content and capabilities, Mapping the Australian Coast will look at early maritime exploration of the Australian coastline, and Headlines Through History will examine how big events in Australian history have been told in newspapers and magazines.

In the meantime, we hope you will check out The Home Front on ABC Splash.