100 Years

1918 - 2018

Marking the end of World War I


  • Play - All Over By Christmas

    State Library Victoria Pictures Collection Image H99.166/144

    All Over By Christmas

    An original radio play written by Geraldine Colson


    September, 1917: A family of parents and two children on a bush block outlying a city in Australia. They are sitting on a veranda on a very hot day, waiting for the postman, who delivers on horseback twice per week. They receive a letter which they eagerly go over and over, then a dust cloud appears through the heat of the afternoon.

  • Play - For God, King and Country

    For God, King and Country

    An original radio play written by Jan Storey


    It’s 1917 and the conscription referendum debate has turned bitter and divisive. John Hunt is in favour of conscription but his wife, Alice, is fiercely opposed. Their eldest son, Fred, has been injured on the Western Front and Alice is determined to stop their youngest son, Harry, from being conscripted. Will Harry be forced to enlist and will Fred survive the war?

  • Play - The end of the Red Baron

    State Library Pictures Collection H37629

    The End of the Red Baron

    An original radio play written by Geraldine Colson

    Synopsis and Historical Context

    A one-act play for radio depicting the first burial of the famous First World War German fighter pilot and hero, Baron Von Richtofen, known universally as the ‘Red Baron’. The Red Baron caused the deaths of well over a hundred allied pilots, the highest number of recorded deaths by one pilot in WW1.

  • Play - Two Towns, One Family

    Two Towns, One Family

    A creative interpretation based on documented history, by Cheryl Threadgold


    In May, 1918, six months before the Armistice on 11 November, Australian airman Lieutenant George Robin Cuttle MC came under fatal attack during a bombing mission behind enemy lines near Caix, ten kilometres from Villers-Brettonneux.in northern France. Driven by love and loyalty, Robin’s family members in country Victoria were determined to find the wreckage of his plane. In 1984, the towns of Villers-Brettonneux in France and Robinvale in Australia, became twinned. The strong connection between the two towns is a fine tribute to the heroism of men such as George Robin Cuttle and his fellow allied servicemen.

  • Play - When Frank Returns

    When Frank Returns

    An original radio play co-written by Jan Storey & Joy Meekings


    It is November 1918 and the Germans have surrendered. Lily and her best friend Clara are worried they will be spinsters as so many young men have died. Private Frank is promised to Mary, Lily’s older sister. But, perhaps when he returns from service he may find the beautiful, younger Lily irresistible.

  • Story - A Story Told

    Men marching in Broken Hill

    A Story Told

    By Colleen Dewis

    This is a story told to me by my mother. It’s a story about how her family responded to and was affected by the 1914-18 World War.

    My grandfather, who died before I was born, migrated from Yorkshire to Australia in the late 1860’s.

  • Story - A Victory

    A Victory

    By Geoffrey Dobbs

    Shortly before my grandfather died I called in to see him on my way back from school. I pressed the doorbell for as hard and as long as I dared. He was partly deaf, had hearing aids but hardly ever used them. He was very sick, we knew that, and I was secretly afraid of finding him dead on my own.

  • Story - Farewell to Arms 1918

    Wounded soldiers from World War I

    A Farewell to Arms 1918

    By Martin Curtis

    Harry Dodd’s role in the war to end all wars ended with the explosion of a shell that landed near him in the assault on Mont St Quentin on the afternoon of Sunday 1 September 1918.

  • Story - Few escaped the destruction of the Great War

    Source: Australian War Memorial: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/E05925

    Few escaped the destruction of the Great War

    What began as the Great Adventure maimed and destroyed a generation as Martin Curtis writes in an overview.

    ON Monday November 11, 1918, after 1559 days of fighting, Germany capitulated and signed an armistice that would bring the calamity of World War I to an end.

  • Story - Her Laugh broke the Silence

    Her Laugh broke the Silence

    By Sue Hardiman

    Her laugh broke the silence. Sitting around the family room on a long and sad day and suddenly my grandmother’s laugh broke the silence and she left the room to look for one of those manuscripts that sit better in the bottom drawer than in a bookshop.

  • Story - Jack Playne

    Jack Playne

    Three Days a Second Lieutenant: Jack Playne

    By Martin J Playne and Christine J Playne

    This is the story of a young engineer from Western Australia who patriotically enlisted to fight alongside his best friend at Gallipoli. John Morton Playne was born in England in 1883. The family decided to migrate to Australia in 1888, and start a new life. They settled in Albany, W.A. in 1888. John was always called 'Jack' by family and friends.

  • Story - Langwarrin Internment Camp

    Emu Track, Langwarrin Flora & Fauna Reserve

    Langwarrin Internment Camp in Victoria

    By Jan Storey

    Today, visitors enjoying a walk along the peaceful sandy tracks at the Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve will notice little evidence to indicate the site was once a bustling military reserve. After nearly a century of military occupation beginning in 1886, the site is now a public reserve in the control of Parks Victoria.

  • Story - Miss Brown Comes Home

    World War One nurse

    Miss Brown Comes Home

    By Sandra Stirling

    Miss Brown drew a deep breath, enjoying the scent of eucalyptus from the giant gums that surrounded her small house. She pulled the cardigan around her thin shoulders, moving to the edge of the verandah to stare at a sky filled with stars. How happy she was to be home.

  • Story - Remembrance

    Wilfred Owen


    By Geoffrey Dobbs

    On 11th November 1918, as the bells of Shrewsbury rang out in celebration of the Armistice, a telegram arrived at the home of Thomas and Harriet Owen. It told of the death in action of their son, Wilfred, a week previously.

  • Story - Silent Heroes: Great Uncle Allan

    Private Allan McPhee

    Silent Heroes: Great Uncle Allan

    by Cheryl Threadgold

    This story belongs to families from all nations who proudly own a photograph of fine young men and women from past generations. They may wear a military or nurse’s uniform, but the family has never had the pleasure of meeting them.

  • Story - Telegram to Jessie

    Corporal Morris C. Brown

    Telegram to Jessie

    By Mardie Whitla

    Jessie was born in Wellington New Zealand in 1863, during the Maori wars. At the age of 18 she married John, 13 years her senior, and together, despite raging wild-fires at times, and the rapid and often dangerous River Mangorei, they became dedicated pioneers developing Range Farm in the remote hills of Upper Mangorei, Taranaki.

  • Story - The Telegraph Boy

    Telegram Boy. State Library of Victoria,  http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/89568

    The Telegraph Boy

    By Sandra Stirling

    It was Harry’s first day at work.

    After completing seventh grade at the local primary school, and now aged 14, he had applied to the local post office for training as a telegraph boy. His parents, Joyce and Arthur, had been so proud when he had rushed into the kitchen to tell them the good news.

  • Story - The Two Poppy Ladies

    Photo by Graeme Storey

    The Two Poppy Ladies

    by Norah Dempster

    It all started with a poem written more than a hundred years ago.

    A Canadian medical officer and writer, Lt. Col. John McCrae conducting a friend’s burial during the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915 wrote the poem entitled “We Shall Not Sleep” or “In Flanders Field”.

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