First World War
A century ago, when the great powers of Europe mobilised for the First World War, Australia enthusiastically answered the call.
Men and women from Sydney were among 300,000 who served abroad with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). Others joined British and Allied forces. They soldiered in the mud, flew wood and wire aeroplanes above the trenches, and nursed in tented hospitals from Salonika to the Somme.
Sydney's contribution reflected its diverse population.
Alongside eager recruits of British ancestry were men from other backgrounds, like Private Arthur Malcolm Quong Tart of the 19th Battalion, eldest son of Mei Quong Tart, a prominent Chinese businessman and one of the city's best-loved public figures.
Also in the 19th Battalion was Arthur Stace, who returned home from war to write 'Eternity' on the streets of Sydney.
The Anzac centenary is an opportunity to explore our history of the Great War of 1914-1918.
Pictured above is Private William John Pickup, 1st Battalion. A native of Wanganui, NZ, Pte Pickup was a carpenter from Darlinghurst prior to enlistment.
He embarked from Sydney on HMAT Afric on 18 October 1914. On 19 May 1915 he was killed in action at Gallipoli and buried in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery.
This portrait is one of a number displayed on a photo montage Honour Board made for the department store Anthony Hordern and Sons Ltd, Sydney by the returned soldier and sailor employees of the company. It commemorated 46 of the company's employees who died as a result of their service in the First World War.
Source: AWM P02599.019
Last updated: Friday, 7 February 2014