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Australian universities and the commemoration of the First World War


Darian-Smith, K and Waghorne, J, Australian universities and the commemoration of the First World War, History of Education Review, 45, (2) pp. 239-255. ISSN 0819-8691 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Emerald Group Publishing Limited

DOI: doi:10.1108/HER-09-2015-0022


Purpose -The purpose of this paper is to examine how Australian universities commemorated the First World War, with a focus on the University of Melbourne as an institution with a particularly rich history of wartime participation and of diverse forms of memorialisation.

Design/methodology/approach -A case study approach is taken, with an overview of the range of war memorials at the University of Melbourne. These include memorials which acknowledged the wartime role of individuals or groups associated with the University, and took the form of architectural features, and named scholarships or academic positions. Three cross-campus war memorials are examined in depth.

Findings -This paper demonstrates that there was a range of war memorials at Australian universities, indicating the range of views about the First World War, and its legacies, within university communities of students, graduates and staff.

Originality/value -University war commemoration in Australia has not been well documented. This study examines the way in which the particular character of the community at the University of Melbourne was to influence the forms of First World War commemoration.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:commemoration, universities and war, university history, University of Melbourne, war memorials, First World War
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:123315
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-01-03
Last Modified:2018-08-22

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