Journal article

Returning to the city: World war one, the repatriation of soldiers and the shaping of melbourne

NJ Davis, G Vanags, AJ May

History Australia | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2019


In Melbourne, a city in which World War One permeated everyday life, programs for the reintegration of soldiers into the community characterised the home front and continued after war’s end. This article explores the manifestation of the returned soldier, utilising the city as a particular and novel frame to discuss the complex place of these men returning to a changing urban landscape that needed constant definition and renegotiation. It examines how the return of these men reshaped the city itself and contributes to our understanding of what it meant to be soldier, as well as a citizen, in the post-war period.