The Last Battle

The Last Battle

Soldier Settlement in Australia, 1916-1939

Book - 2016
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When Australian soldiers returned from the First World War they were offered the chance to settle on 'land fit for heroes'. Promotional material painted a picture of prosperous farms and contented families, appealing to returned servicepeople and their families hoping for a fresh start. Yet just 20 years after the inception of these soldier settlement schemes, fewer than half of the settlers remained on their properties. In this timely book, based on recently uncovered archives, Bruce Scates and Melanie Oppenheimer map out a deeply personal history of the soldiers' struggle to transition from Anzac to farmer and provider. At its foundation lie thousands of individual life stories shaped by imperfect repatriation policies. The Last Battle examines the environmental challenges, the difficulties presented by the physical and psychological damage many soldiers had sustained during the war, and the vital roles of women and children.
Publisher: Port Melbourne, VIC, Cambridge University Press,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781107125063
Characteristics: xii, 298 pages : illustrations (some colour), facsimiles, portraits ; 26 cm.

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The Last Battle by Bruce Scates documents the opportunities offered and in many cases the difficulties faced by returned servicemen following World War One. Family History Researchers can search their VictorianFirst World War Soldier settler ancestors at Battle to Farm: WW1 Soldier settlement records in Victoria from Public Records Office of Victoria The War ended in November 1918.  More th… (more)


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