Home front: wartime Sydney 1939-45

For most Australians, life during World War II was a strange combination of loneliness, excitement, opportunity, austerity, love and grief.

On 3 September 1939 Prime Minister Robert Menzies broadcast to the nation that Australia was at war with Germany. Although the battlefields were thousands of miles away, the war also significantly affected those at home, who were urged to support the war effort.

Home front: wartime Sydney 1939–45 explored the experiences of Sydneysiders living on the home front during World War II. Through a fascinating array of paintings, photographs, film, costume, objects and personal memorabilia, this exhibition followed the wartime events that shaped, challenged and changed the lives of generations of Australians.


31 March 2012 - 9 September 2012

Major sponsors

Department of Veteran's Affairs

The Sydney Morning Herald