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On June 28 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand – heir to the throne of the mighty Austrian-Hungarian Empire – was assassinated in Sarejevo. That event is considered the catalyst for the start of World War 1. However, from the late 19th century tensions throughout Europe were high as the macro-politics of the region played out. Sarejevo’s location in Bosnia put it at the strategic heart of the ongoing push and pull of the European empires. The great European alliances had been mobilized and “The Great War” began.
This was to be the “war to end all wars”. Alas, history has proven otherwise.
Australia’s entry into World War 1 coincided with the British declaration of war on Germany on August 14, 1914. Germany had launched an invasion on France through the previously unaligned Belgium, with whom Britain has a mutual defence pact.
The first significant Australian act of war was on 17 Sept 1914 when the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Forces took possession of New Guinea, which had been under German control. However, the engagement that is credited as shaping the Australian national identity like no other was the infamous landing on 25 April 1915 and subsequent eight month campaign at Gallipoli ( in latter-day Turkey) where our troops had been despatched by their British commanders to help deal with the territorial aspirations of the Ottoman Empire.
Post Gallipoli the AIF Light Horse brigade remained in the Middle East and North Africa to defend the strategically important Suez canal and then onwards with the British into Palestine, Lebanon and Syria. The infantry division progressively transferred to the battlefields of France and the associated horrors of the many battles on the European Western Front. Over forty thousand Australians were killed or injured on the Western Front alone.
Approximately sixty-five million men marched to this war and over eight million never returned. More than fifty percent of all soldiers were wounded. From the fledgling Australian nation of less than five million people, nearly four hundred and twenty thousand Australian men enlisted for battle, of whom more than sixty thousand were killed and one hundred and fifty-six thousand wounded, gassed or taken prisoner. This war affected communities deeply and permanently.
Australian enlistments represented nearly forty percent of the male population aged between eighteen and forty-four years of age. Anecdotally, we also know that many younger or older men misrepresented their birthdates to enlist. This left a huge void at home but Australian women volunteered in droves for service in auxiliary roles such as cooks, drivers, munitions workers and farm workers. Nurses were welcomed into the armed forces and served near the front lines in Egypt, France and Germany but applications from women for overseas service from other professions were generally refused.
World War 1 effectively ended with the signing of an armistice on 11 November 1918. When news of the armistice reached Australia late in the day on November 11, 1918, celebrations around the nation were exuberant. The streets of Melbourne were thronged with crowds who climbed on trams, waved flags and made as much noise as they could with songs, firecrackers and musical instruments.
November 11 continues to be recognized annually as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, with 11 am being the universal time for a one minute reflective silence…. the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
We want to hear WHAT YOU ❤️ MOST about your new cafe! To enter, make sure you give Aintree Cafe & Garden a 'like' & tell us in 25 words or less what you love! Whether its the staff, the food or what they stand for....we want to hear it???? Winner will receive a $50 voucher to the amazing Aintree Cafe & Garden & will be drawn next Wednesday #socialenterprise #notforprofit #newlocal #free
This is your LAST CHANCE to secure tickets to this Saturday's Free to Feed event at Woodlea!! Not only is this a fun & social experience but it's also supporting such a fantastic cause - read below to see what your much appreciated funds go straight towards ✨secure your tickets here http://bit.ly/2keSeXq
If you have a 'Welcome to Woodlea' Go West Eatery voucher the NEW Aintree Cafe & Garden will happily accept them - but only for a limited time! Head down to your new local to enjoy ethical, organic, fair trade & environmentally sustainable food & drinks
Not many people in Woodlea can say they live down the road from a 16m tall viewing tower that overlooks the entire estate AND has views of the CBD!! If you buy into our current release you'd call this your local park (did we mention there'd also be a jumping pillow!!)... With land in our Closer Release from just $283,600, this pocket of the estate will be snapped up fast! Not only for its idyllic location but also connectivity to Woodlea's Town Centre as well as Caroline Springs. DM us now for all the details ???????????? #urbanliving #epicpark #lovewhereyoulive
SNEAK PEEK - The Aintree Cafe & Garden opens its doors tomorrow! Will you be ordering the decadent Belgian waffles with lemon curd & meringue.. Or perhaps the BIG breakfast with the works? Soak up the sunshine in the beautiful cafe garden, with an EPIC new menu featuring generous options for everyone (including a dedicated kids menu too)! Just #onesleeptogo
MASSIVE NEWS! There's a brand new bus service coming to Woodlea! Route 444 will run between the upgraded Rockbank station and throughout Aintree, giving our residents better transport options for every day life. Services will run every 40 minutes, seven days a week increasing to 30 minutes during peak time, set to start later this year. Click through to read on!
Last Sunday saw the opening of our local train station - Rockbank! There was much to celebrate as this marked the first transformation along the Ballarat line. More than 500 people came down to enjoy the occasion with the Woodlea cheer squad really getting the party started ???????????? #ballaratlineupgrade #celebration #CBDonyourdoorstep
Nothing makes you feel more at home than being surrounded by familiar faces & this is exactly how Aintree Cafe & Garden envisage their cafe. See it for yourself this Saturday as they open their doors for the very first time to welcome all of you - into their home ???????????? #extendedfamily #weloveaintree #communitycafe