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With the war only so recently concluded, the aftermath and recovery process was still uppermost in the minds of the city in early 1919. Celebrations and commemorations were held; letters recorded council employees returning from active duty and to work, with a number showing the effects of war service; and, poignantly, news continued to come of deaths, despite the joy of the end of war two months earlier. The conflict had long-lasting repercussions for the city of Melbourne and its inhabitants, and war affected many returned soldiers and their families for the rest of their lives.


Digital Resources

Letter from Secretary to the Premier
Forwarding copy of manifesto issued by the Polish Information Committee re Polish Independence
Letter from Secretary to the Premier
Forwarding copy of letter from King of Serbia to the Crown Prince in the liberation of Serbia
Letter from The Standard Publishing Co Pty Ltd
Purchase by Council of 'History of the War'
Letter from City Treasurer
Reporting death on active service of Bombadier A.V. Wootton, and asking instruction re amount overpaid to his representative
Letter from N. [actually William] Trembath (Lift Attendant)
Sick Leave
Letter from City Engineer
Absence of Mr A.H. Wardrop through illness
Letter from Honorary Secretary Citizens' Anzac Reception Committee
Expressing thanks for assistance given
Letter from Town Clerk
Applications for position of rate collector and valuer, Smith Ward

Site-wide information and acknowledgements

This eMelbourne feature was curated by Professor Andrew J. May and Nicole Davis, with research assistance from Nick Coyne. Financial and in-kind support was provided by the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne, and Public Record Office Victoria.

Special Thanks to: History Program, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

Thanks to: Helen Morgan (eScholarship Research Centre), Daniel Wilksch (Public Record Office Victoria) and John Lycette (Lycette Bros.)
The University of Melbourne Public Record Office Victoria