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We Remember Them | Australians at War

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Who will you pause for this Remembrance Day? Each year on 11 November, Australians come together to observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. 

This day has its origins in the First World War. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the guns on the Western Front fell silent after an Armistice was signed to end this war. This remains Australia’s costliest war. In four years of continuous warfare, more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them had died. Read on to explore stories of Australians at war.

Lest we forget.

6 ways to commemorate this Remembrance Day:

Books

eBooks

Libraries love these eBooks:

To get started download the cloudLibrary and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your membership number and password.

eAudiobooks

Listen on the go with these eAudiobooks:

To get started download the BorrowBox, Libby and uLibrary apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.

eMagazines 

Browse for inspiration with these eMagazines:

  • History of War Battle of the Somme
  • Military History
  • Aviation History
  • History of War Book of Combat Machines

To get started using free eMagazines download the Libby app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your library membership number and password.

eMovies

Watch these military movies on Beamafilm:

  • 100 Days to Victory Miniseries: the extraordinary story of how the Allies turned the tide in the final months of 1918 to win the First World War.
  • Breaker Morant: A classic Australian film of injustice and the horror of war.
  • Beneath Hill 60: In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunnelling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges. 
  • Forty Thousand Horsemen: A cinematic tribute to the mounted troops of the Australian Light Horse regiments is a rousing call to arms, giving life to the heroic tales of mateship during the Great War. 
  • Testament of Youth: A powerful story of live, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain. 
  • The Railway Man: Eric, a POW during the World War II, is tortured by a Japanese officer. Years later, Eric is pushed to confront his oppressor when he learns that the Japanese officer is alive

First time customers, select Add Library Card and enter your member number and password. Create a Beamafilm account, then verify your email address.  

More library resources 

  • Find out how Nambour heard about the end of World War One in this article on Trove. Search “Victory Great War Ended Nambour Chronicle”.
  • Learn more about World War One with Britannica Online. Log in with a free State Library of Queensland membership. Search “World War One”. 
  • See photos from previous local Remembrance Days with Picture Sunshine Coast. Search “Armistice Day”.
  • Explore State Library of Queensland resources on World War One and other conflicts.

Podcasts

 

Life in a trench

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