The Last Battle
Soldier Settlement in Australia 1916–1939
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- Bruce Scates, Australian National University, Canberra
- Melanie Oppenheimer, Flinders University of South Australia
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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.Read more
- Draws on recently uncovered archives to explore soldier repatriation after World War I
- Richly illustrated with archival photos and sketches, bringing history to life
- Explores the personal stories of the soldiers and the families they came home to, highlighting the widespread effect of imperfect repatriation policies
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- Date Published: December 2017
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316870099
- contains: 56 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
Part I. Managing the Men:
1. 'When the inspector calls': the yeoman quest
2. 'Men on the margins': suspect soldiers
3. 'I intend to get justice': moral economy
Part II. Battling the Land:
4. 'Droughts and flooding rains': markets and seasons
5. 'A land only fit for rabbits': environmental degradation
Part III. Damaged Men:
6. 'War wrecked': sending cripples to the country
7. 'From the farm to the asylum': mad and 'nervy' men
Part IV. Getting On:
8. 'Taking on a holding': women and families on the land
9. 'Settling down': successful soldier settlers.
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