Cover of 'Anzac Memorial', published by the Returned Soldiers Association of NSW in 1916

Historical note

In November 2015 the public health campaigners William Brooks and Dr Mary Booth set up a Returned Soldiers Association (RSA) and a Soldiers Club at the Royal Hotel on George Street in Sydney. The RSA hoped to 'bind the returned soldiers together, to give them new and wider interests, and, if possible, assits them to get work'. ('Returned Soldiers' Association', Sydney Mail, 22 December 1915: 28, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article162493956) It set up kiosks for returned soldiers in Hyde Park and published Anzac Memorial, marking the 'names and deeds of the soldiers and sailors of Australia and New Zealand'. (Sekuless & Rees, Lest we forget: the history of the Returned Services League 1916-1986, p.22)

Materials
publication
Category
Souvenirs and ephemera
Themes
Love and loss
Conflict
First World War
Location
Sydney
Story
Returned Services League
Production Date
1916

On this day
20 July

1918 — Australian troops participated in an Allied counter-attack against the German Army at MARNE in the Champagne region of France. The German attack was designed to lure Allied troops away from the SOMME further north, and allow a German assault on Flanders

1943 — HMAS HOBART was torpedoed off SAN CHRISTBAL, Solomon Islands.  Seven officers and six sailors were killed in the attack but the ship was able to reach port the next day