Parramatta and World War One
On ANZAC Day, April 25 2019, we welcome visitors to the Parramatta & Visitor Information Centre, to view the touch table displays and publications which pay tribute to the Australians who fought in military operations.
In 2018, we marked the end of the Centenary of World War One, also known as ‘The Great War,’ which endured from 4 August 1914 to 11 November 1918.
The City of Parramatta Research and Collection Services, along with a team of dedicated volunteers, compiled the biographies of 1,962 soldiers, seamen and nurses from the Parramatta District – the culmination of a four-year project.
These stories of dedication, courage and loss are featured here as well as the interactive touch table display in the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre.
We’re also publishing a range of eBooks from our ‘World War One’ series:
The impact of World War One on Australia’s economy was significant. At that time, the majority of exports from Australia were wool, wheat and minerals. Exporters were deprived of shipping services and they found it difficult to receive payments for their goods. For...read more
For Australia, the World War One remains the costliest conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 were wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner. Another...read more
Australia’s involvement in World War One began on 4 August 1914. Many who joined up believed that the war would be a great adventure, but none could have imagined the scale of the endeavor on which they were about to embark. Sadly, many of these soldiers, sailors,...read more
The First World War battlefields on the Western Front in France and Belgium were witness to an Australian story of great triumph and tragedy, of unimaginable losses to a young nation and an extraordinary part in the course of history. The impact of World War One on...read more
The Battle of Beersheba took place on 31 October 1917 during the third Battle of Gaza in Palestine. It was a defining moment that demonstrated the success of Manoeuvre Warfare in the region, and the power of mounted troops to rapidly redefine the outcome of a battle....read more
The First World War (1914-1918) and those involved with the conflict, are often remembered through a variety of monuments ranging from statues to plaques. Honour rolls are a common example of such commemorative objects and can frequently be found in schools,...read more
During the First World War, letter writing was the main form of communication between soldiers and their loved ones, this helped ease the pain of long term separation. Soldiers from Parramatta would write letters to home in their spare time, sometimes from the front...read more
Animals played a vital role during World War One, especially horses. Australia sent more than 136,000 Australian horses overseas to support and serve. The type of war horse that was favoured by the light horsemen in the campaign were originally from New South Wales,...read more
Australia’s involvement in World War One began on 4 August 1914. Sadly, many of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, medical support staff and nurses didn’t make it home. Their courage, sacrifice, hardship and losses brought a new maturity to our nation. In the face of...read more
In Palestine and Syria during World War One, total battle casualties for the Australian Imperial Force in this campaign were 416 officers and 4435 other ranks, with 96 officers and 1278 enlisted men dying from wounds and disease. The impact of World War One on...read more
Over 4000 Australians were captured by the Germans on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918. Nine per cent of these prisoners died in captivity. A total of 395 Australians died during captivity in the First World War. The impact of World War One on Australia’s...read more
Australia’s involvement in World War One began on the 4 August 1914. Many who joined up believed that the war would be a great adventure, but none could have imagined the scale of the endeavor on which they were about to embark. Sadly, many of these soldiers, sailors,...read more
India played a significant part in World War One. The normal annual recruitment for the Indian army was 15,000 men, during the course of the war over 800,000 men volunteered for the army and more than 400,000 volunteered for non-combatant roles. In total almost 1.3...read more
Australia’s involvement in World War One began on 4 August 1914. Many who joined up believed that the war would be a great adventure, but none could have imagined the scale of the endeavour on which they were about to embark. Sadly, many of these soldiers, sailors,...read more
Private Vincent De Paul Kay was a 28 year old barman from Jamieson Street, Granville. He was the son of Mr Henry J. Kay and Mrs Bridget Kay of the same street. He enlisted on 9 September 1915 and was assigned to the 3 Infantry Battalion, 1 to 12 Reinforcements. He...read more
Private Sydney Ernest Lucas was a 26 year old smelter from Arthur Street, Granville. He was born in Dubbo, and enlisted in Randwick. He was the son of Mrs Margaret Lucas, also of Granville. He enlisted on 21 August 1914 and was assigned to 57 Infantry Battalion, 5...read more
Light Horse Soldiers of the Australian Mounted Division throwing snowballs on the Lebanon Hills during their journey from Homs to Tripoli, Charles bean, Volume 12, illustration 681 In early 1915 the Turkish Jew, Alexander Aaronsohn, travelled to the independent...read more
Private Albert Fuller was a 25 year old Engineer from Cowper Street, Parramatta. He was married to Mrs Susan Elizabeth Fuller. They had two sons named Norman Gabriel Fuller and Albert William Fuller, and two daughters named Eileen Maud Fuller and Thelma Pearl Fuller....read more
Corporal William Freeman was a 20 year old labourer from Aird Street, Parramatta. His sister was Mrs Perram, also of Aird Street, Parramatta. He enlisted on 10 November 1914, and embarked with his unit on 11 February 1915 from Sydney aboard the HMAT Seang Bee A48. On...read more
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