Australians in First World War London

On the declaration of war, the British Empire sought to rally a multi-cultural and diverse imperial army that fought in several theatres and throughout the entirety of the Great War. Consequently, soldiers from across the Empire came to London, an important centre of mobilisation and of relaxation. This tour recreates the journey and experiences of Australian soldiers visiting the imperial metropolis.

London's Railway Stations

Australian soldiers visited London during the war for two main reasons: either on leave or after being wounded. In each case, London’s railway stations, especially those that served the south coast, acted as portals to and from the horrors of the…

Australian soldiers in Waterloo

Waterloo – the area and the railway station – featured prominently in the experience of Australian soldiers during their time in London in the First World War. Of the approximately 400,000 Australians that served in the war (416,809), many of these…

Australians at St. Paul's

With a religious presence on the site reaching its thirteen-hundredth year upon the outbreak of war in 1914, St. Paul’s Cathedral (its latest iteration opened at the end of the seventeenth century) has been a feature of life in London, and on the…

Tourist Trouble: The Anzacs and Crime

At about 10:30PM on the 23rd June 1919, an Australian soldier was arrested for being drunk and disorderly at Charing Cross. The events that followed were the epitome of the Australian camaraderie that was exhibited throughout the war. As the…