WW1 stories from our museums
These personal stories are framed by broader narratives relating to war service, the home front, ‘the enemy within’, and the aftermath of war.
The stories are all derived from our collections; some are short and intimate, while others speak to bigger national narratives. From the individual men who served in the army, air force or navy, to the patriotic fundraising efforts of the women of Meroogal and Rouse Hill House, and the anti-war activism of the pacifist Swann family of Elizabeth Farm, we show how ordinary lives were affected by war.
Among the stories is that of Ada Gallagher from number 52 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, and later from number 58 (Susannah Place), who saw all three of her sons enlist. Vinton, the eldest, was awarded the Military Medal in 1917, but that honour could not relieve Ada’s heartbreak over the death of her youngest son, Frank, killed by shell fire in France in 1918.
These stories will be available online from early May.