To commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, TAFE NSW hosted the exhibition - Labourers, Luminaries & Lieutenants: Sydney TAFE Remembers World War I which was held at The Muse, Ultimo College from 20 April to 1 May 2015.
Using the collections of the TAFE NSW Heritage Collection, National Archives of Australia, Australian War Memorial, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, the contents on this page are highlights from the Exhibition.
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This resource contains the Introduction panel as shown in the exhibition: Labourers, Luminaries and Lieutenants Sydney TAFE remembers World War I. It covers a brief history of Australia's involvement in the World War I campaign, acknowledgements and names of Exhibition Committee members.
BARBER, William Wilfred
ESDAILE, Sydney George
FRY, Dene Bennett
Sydney TAFE Remembers World War I - Soldiers D-F
HARGRAVE, Geoffrey Lewis
HUNT, Sinclair Edward
IDRIESS, Ion Llewellyn
KING, William Lyttle
Sydney TAFE Remembers World War I - Soldiers G-K
LOCKLEY, Alexander Hamilton
McNIVEN, Ronald James
Sydney TAFE Remembers World War I - Soldiers L-N
SAWTELL, Sydney Clyde
SAXBY, Kenneth Knowlten
SAXBY, Eric John
TUXWORTH, Frank Vincent
Sydney TAFE Remembers World War I - Soldiers O-T
A portion of the exhibition has been devoted to examining the theme of women - those who stayed on the home front and contributed to the war effort, like Miss Mary Ellen Roberts (pictured), and women who went overseas and served their country, such as the Morehead sisters. These women have a connection to Sydney Technical College.
Left: Portrait of Miss M.E. Roberts, TA1313b
Ruby Melville was a student at Sydney Technical College before and during World War I. Read about Ruby's life story and other women featured in the exhibition.
Trained as nurses, two sisters Ada and Clara Morehead enlist in the Australian Army Nursing Service at different times during World War I. Read about their stories as featured in the exhibition.
Miss Mary Ellen Roberts was a teacher in dressmaking and then Lecturer-in-Charge of the Women's Handicraft Department at Sydney Technical College from 1900 till her death in 1924.
Read about her contributions to the war effort and vocational training and education of women.
Above: Formal group portrait -staff of the Department of Women's Handicraft, Miss M.E. Roberts third from left, Sydney Technical College, c1909
Sydney Technical College contributed to the war effort both on the ground and in the air. It fostered links with industries, produced footwear for the military and trained pilots at Richmond. The war also involved Sydney Technical College in a new form of instruction - the training of returned service personnel.
The newspaper clipping 'The prophecies of Colonel Harrison', published in 1915, was recently discovered inside the door of a late 19th century large wooden cabinet belonging to the former Technological Museum building, now called The Muse (Building C). The door was removed from its hinges and put on display for the exhibition. More newspaper clippings were found, but this one attracted attention because it predicted the end of the war in December 1915.
A special Anzac Day Observance was conducted at the War Memorial, Ultimo TAFE College on 22 April 2015. Invited dignitaries and guests at the ceremony included the Honourable John Barilaro MP, former Managing Director of TAFE NSW Ms Pam Christie, former Sydney TAFE Director, Mr David Riordan and descendents of the soldiers featured in the exhibition. The commemorative address was given by Mr Ken Stevenson, former Head of Mathematics, Sydney Technical College and Secretary/Treasurer, Teachers’ RSL Sub-Branch RSL NSW .
The TAFE NSW Heritage Collection holds a framed original poster called the Military Service Act 1916 that was on display in the exhibition. Learn about the Military Service Act 1916, why this poster was on College grounds and the issue of conscription in Australia during World War I.
Using the theme of commemorating the Anzac Centenary, the following artists exhibited their artwork:
Contact Ultimo Library for more details.