• Exhibitions

A Nation Divided: the Great War and Conscription

20 Spring Street, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002
20 Aug 2018, 21 Aug 2018, 22 Aug 2018
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The debate over conscription during the darkest years of the Great War has been described by some historians as the most bitter, divisive and violent ever to consume the nation. From 1916-1917 thousands of impassioned speeches were made, endless newspaper columns written, mass meetings and huge rallies were held throughout Australia. As families, communities and organisations divided in bitter recrimination, it seemed as if the soul of the grieving nation would tear itself apart.

This exhibition at the Old Treasury Building tells the story of this extraordinary period in our history. It is a tale of political intrigue, industrial turmoil, civil unrest and a lurid propaganda war. But it is also a story of passionate idealists, who faced down government repression in pursuit of their beliefs. In the end, it is the story of the triumph of democracy amidst the most testing circumstances ever experienced in Australia.

Supported by the Victorian Government as part of the Anzac Centenary, 2014-2018.

Content: Old Treasury Building
Facilities:
  • Public toilet
Accessibility:
  • Disabled access available, contact operator for details
  • Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times
Entry cost:

Free entry

20 Spring Street, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002

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