Journal article

Soldier or Student? The Recruitment of Australian University Students in the First World War

V Duche, D De Saint Leger, D Russo-Batterham

Journal of War and Culture Studies | Maney | Published : 2016


Geographically separated from the war front by vast expanses of land and sea, Australia’s participation in the First World War was driven primarily by a European connection rather than immediate necessity. However, there was much uncertainty about what Australia’s role should be, especially at Australian universities, where students were forced to choose a path that would shape the rest of their lives: student or soldier? Built on an examination of the University of Melbourne Archives, this study explores the experience of students at a time when the number of military personnel being requested of Australia was increasing rapidly.