Tilly Thompson

A lasting legacy

Described as a woman with “boundless and terrifying energy”, Matilda ‘Tilly’ Thompson was the driving force behind the Lucas Girls and building Ballarat’s Avenue of Honour and Arch of Victory.

Semaphore war memorial

A seaside community remembers

At the end of the First World War, the town of Semaphore built a memorial to remember the service and sacrifice of more than 850 local residents who volunteered.

Kurrajong march down the street of Inverell in NSW

A century of service

Australians suffered heavy casualties at the battle of Lone Pine. But for one grieving mother, a pine cone from the battlefield would become a memorial to her son.

Albany war memorial

“Their last glimpse of Australian soil”

Albany was the assembly point for many of the Australian and New Zealand mounted troops before leaving for Egypt. For some, the town would be their last view of Australian soil.