Home front: wartime Sydney 1939–45

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Home front: wartime Sydney 1939–45

On 3 September 1939 Prime Minister Robert Menzies broadcast to the nation that Australia was at war with Germany. Although the battlefields were thousands of miles away, the war also significantly affected those at home, who were urged to support the war effort. For most Australians, life during World War II was a strange combination of loneliness, excitement, opportunity, austerity, love and grief.

Home front: wartime Sydney 1939–45 explores the experiences of Sydneysiders living on the home front during World War II. Through a fascinating array of paintings, photographs, film, costume, objects and personal memorabilia, this exhibition follows the wartime events that shaped, challenged and changed the lives of generations of Australians.

Image credit: ‘Change over to a victory job’ (detail), artist unknown, 1943. Australian War Memorial ARTV01060.

Event Snapshot

When:

  • Between Saturday 31 March and Sunday 09 September from 09.30 to 17.00

Exhibition on 31 March–9 September 2012
Daily 9.30am — 5pm | Closed Good Friday

Where:

Museum of Sydney, Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets Sydney 2000 Venue details

Cost:

Adult $10, Child/Concession $5, Family $20, Members free

More Info:

Historic Houses Trust
Museum of Sydney
02 9251 5988

How to get to this event:

Two minute walk from Circular Quay and Circular Quay train station.

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Location

Museum of Sydney, Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets Sydney 2000

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