Media release: Thursday, 20 April 2017
Men and women irreparably damaged by war– the gassed, the crippled, the insane – are among those who feature in One Hundred Stories, on show at the National Archives.
One Hundred Stories, a moving digital presentation, contains short and powerful videos that reveal the untold stories of those who served during the war. It was curated by a team of Monash University historians, led by Professor Bruce Scates, as part of the university's project of the same name.
The project invited people to submit anecdotes or records from their own family histories. Each story was then supplemented with service and repatriation records held by the National Archives and historical research.
The stories include the experiences of women as well as men. They recover the too-often forgotten contribution of Indigenous Australians and emphasise the ongoing cost of war to the community as a whole.
By capturing community memories from this turbulent period of history, One Hundred Stories continues the narrative a century after the event.
One Hundred Stories is screening on loop 9am–5pm daily in the National Archives' life-long learning space, Arcade, in Canberra until 30 April. It is accompanied by a musical score Villers-Bretonneux by Mary Finsterer.
Free entry, no bookings required