1917: Melbourne at War

Melbourne was at war in 1917 – though you might not know that from the Anzac centenaries and their focus on Anzacs fighting on foreign fields. In this seminar three distinguished historians illuminate aspects of Melbourne’s war.

Judith Smart (Adjunct Professor at RMIT University and co-editor of Victoria and the Great War) will explore a year of domestic disintegration in the national capital of Melbourne, culminating in the bitterness of the second conscription referendum. 

Joy Damousi (Professor of History, University of Melbourne and co-editor of The Conscription Conflict and the Great War) will examine the 'yes' campaign at Melbourne University. 

John Lack (Associate Professor, University of Melbourne and co-editor of Victoria and the Great War) will probe home front ferment in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

The seminar will be chaired by Alistair Thomson (Professor of History, Monash University).

A new exhibition at the Old Treasury Building, ‘A Nation Divided: the Great War and Conscription’, will be open for viewing before the seminar (from 5.30 pm).


The Making Public Histories series, now in its tenth year, is offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, the History Council of Victoria and the Old Treasury Building. 

The seminar is free of charge but seating is limited, so we ask you to RSVP. Please book your place using the RSVP form, below.

Images courtesy State Library Victoria.

Image courtesy State Library VictoriaImage courtesy State Library Victoria

December 05, 2017 at 6pm - 7:30pm
Old Treasury Building
20 Spring St
Melbourne, Victoria 3002
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