[Episode 10 | 1918 : Bertie]
Bertie is trying to pay off the last shilling owing on his present for his brother Eddie who is returning home after serving in the First World War. Mr Watson, the store owner, will not advance him a loan. Bertie goes to the repatriation hospital to bring his mother (a nurse) fresh goat's milk, and shares jokes with his friends Sid and Mr Bracey who are both returned soldiers.
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For Australia, the First World War remains the most costly conflict in terms of casualties and deaths. In 1914 the population of Australia was much smaller than that of Great Britain or European countries such as France and Germany. Of the 416,809 men who enlisted to fight 60,000 were killed and 156,000 were wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner. Discuss these statistics with students and discover more about Australia's commitment to the war effort by visiting the Australian War Memorial, http://www.awm.gov.au
During the First World War the enormous number of patients with serious injuries, often requiring amputations, led to major advances in the area of orthopaedics and in the technology of prosthetic limbs.
Teachers should consider whether the following activities are appropriate for their classes.
The Museum of Australian Currency Notes website includes information on currency in Australia from 1901 to the present. View the website with your class and discuss the changes in design and artwork of the notes. Examine carefully the different timelines on the website, taking particular note of developments during the First World War. Discuss the characteristics and special features of coins and notes and consider why old coins and notes are so collectable today.
Museum of Australian Currency Notes, http://www.rba.gov.au/Museum/Timeline/1901_1920.html (Select 'Displays' for designs of Australian notes.)