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The Everyday War: World War I and the City of Melbourne


The majority of Australians experienced World War I not on the battlefields of Europe or Africa but at home, in everyday ways in the cities and towns where they lived and worked. While spatially distant from the battlefront, daily life in Melbourne was filled with events and interactions that brought the war home and affected the city and its citizens on multiple levels. Public life and entertainment, economic prosperity, the day-to-day running of the city, international trade relationships, housing and health, and the lives of ordinary individuals — all would be changed and shaped by the conflict. This feature explores the experience of the war, through one particular collection of documents from the archives of the City of Melbourne, in order to tell the big and small stories of war in the city.

This website presents around 600 files and almost 6000 individual pages from the Town Clerk's files that reveal the everyday war in Melbourne. The files can be browsed by year or by theme to enable users to discover the rich array of material in the collection and to provide a valuable resource for students, researchers and members of the public.

Andrew May and Nicole Davis

Davis, Nicole, Coyne, Nicholas and May, Andrew J, World War I on the Home Front: the City of Melbourne 1914-1918, Provenance: The Journal of Public Record Office Victoria, 2016-2017, https://www.prov.vic.gov.au/explore-collection/provenance-journal/provenance-2016-17/world-war-i-home-front. Details