On Thursday 28th July it was nintey-seven years since World War 1 was declared; The Great War, The War to end all wars. There weren’t supposed to be any more after that. What happened? Somewhere in the world there probably has always been some sort of battle going on, and I fear there always will be. There always seems to be some head guy trying to wrest control from another, be it country, village or even multi-million dollar business. Sadly, in the case of full-scale wars, many lives are sacrified. Thousands and thousands of men and women who travelled far and wide didn’t make it back to their homelands to live fulfilling lives, marry, raise families.
I have two adult sons, and the thought of sending them off to be potentially slaughtered fills me with dread. This is a touchy subject, I know, because even now members of our armed forces are overseas putting their lives at risk, so I will get off my soapbox and hop back on the fence where I belong.
Several years ago I purchased the book pictured below, published by the British-Australasian Publishing Service in 1917. You may wonder what this has to do with the subject I previously mentioned. Well this book was published to highlight the national effort during The Great War. Entitled ‘The All-Australia Memorial: History Heroes and Helpers, Victorian Edition’, this publication contains numerous biographies, plus many, many photographs, maps, plans and diagrams. Apparently similar editions were published for New South Wales and South Australia. Just how many were printed I don’t know at this stage.
The All Australia Memorial is such an important part of our history that on one hand I am very reluctant to sell it, but it appears to be quite rare these days, and someone out there might value it even more than myself. Apart from a bit of bumping around the edges of the cover it’s in very good condition, and internally all the pages are intact. I will be listing this on my website shortly.
I’ve had a couple of enquiries about this book recently and it appears I am more attached to it than I thought. At the present time I’ve decided to keep it for my own library.