The relationship between Australians and the overseas graves of the First World War

Smith, Matthew Stuart (2010) The relationship between Australians and the overseas graves of the First World War. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The purpose of this thesis is to outline the relationship that existed in the past and exists in the present, between Australians and the War Graves and Memorials to the Missing. commemorations of Australians who died during the First World War. Their final resting places are scattered all over the world and provide a tangible record of the sacrifice of men and women in the war, and represent the final result by Official Agencies such as the Imperial, and later, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and its agency representative, the Office of Australian War Graves, of an attempt to appropriately commemorate them. The study follows the path of history from the event of death of an individual in the First World War, through their burial; temporary grave or memorial commemoration; the permanent commemoration; the family and public reaction to the deaths; how the Official Agencies of related Commonwealth Governments dealt with the dead; and finally, how the Australian dead are represented on the battlefields of the world in the 21st century. Australia.s war dead of the First World War are scattered around the globe in more than 40 countries and are represented in war cemeteries and civil cemeteries; and listed on large „Memorials to the Missing., which commemorate the individuals devoid of a known graves or final resting place.

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ID Code: 38655
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Quanchi, Alan & Ianziti, Gary
Keywords: war, war graves, casualties, cemeteries, memorials, war dead, Australian military history, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, overseas, commemoration, grief, memory, bereavement, Remembrance Day, Anzac Day, heritage, ANZAC, Digger, war memorials, Memorials to the Missing, Imperial War Graves Commission, Australian War Graves Service, Office of Australians War Graves, Australian War Graves Photographic Archive
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 18 Nov 2010 01:44
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 20:00

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