Discover the human impact of the First World War on those who enlisted, and those who anxiously waited for news from the front.

On average, more than 1,000 letters a day were received by Australian Imperial Force Base Records in Melbourne from family and friends left behind in Australia seeking word of their loved ones. From the touching account of a hopeful mother in search for news of her missing son, to a wife’s plea to have her husband return home, discover first-hand the real relationships shaken by the trials of war.

Led by Museum of Brisbane Curator, Phillip Manning, you will also hear the stories of two Brisbane war poets, Rudolf Augstein and Thomas Brennan, who served in the First World War. As their stories unfold, explore how Augstein and Brennan used poetry to respond to the tragedies they witnessed, and to relate stories of life on the front to those waiting at home.

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