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A whole new world: how WWI brought new skills and professions back to Australia


Waghorne, J and Darian-Smith, K, A whole new world: how WWI brought new skills and professions back to Australia, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 24 April (2020) [Magazine Article]

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The first world war was significant to the formation of Australian national identity and defining national characteristics, such as making do and mateship. This is well acknowledged.

But it was also a technical war, which spurred advances in knowledge and expertise. Combined with the status of professionals in the public service, it profoundly reshaped Australia. It also led to the development of universities as places for training and professional qualification, as well as important research.

Before the war, concern about efficient use of public money and a desire to protect the public led governments to pass legislation to control professional practice. This ensured only qualified doctors could provide medical treatment, only qualified teachers taught in schools, and so on.

The recently released book The First World War, the Universities and the Professions in Australia, 19141939, edited by the authors, outlines how the war sped up these developments and widened the range of workers, such as physiotherapists, who saw themselves as part of a professional group.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:141498
Year Published:2020
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP160101109)
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2020-10-26
Last Modified:2020-10-26

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