Underpinning the military and civilian effort of WWI was the concept of 'sacrifice'.

Volunteer recruits were called on to make ‘the supreme sacrifice’, mothers were asked to ‘sacrifice their sons’, the nation was asked to ‘make great sacrifices’ individually and collectively to ensure eventual victory. Memorials were inscribed with the word, ensuring that the memory of sacrifice willingly undertaken would not fade away.

But the concept itself – what it meant, and how it was understood in 1914-18 – cannot be taken for granted. The idea of sacrifice as it was used on the Australian and Queensland home front has been insufficiently analysed and understood. It was a complex idea, which meant different things to different people, and worked differently in different situations.

This UQ symposium presents a range of historical perspectives on ‘sacrifice’, what it meant and how it was used during the Great War. Recent student projects and the research of current scholars will be showcased in a series of presentations, with questions and discussion encouraged.

RSVPs for attendance are requested by 7 November at: hapiengagement@uq.edu.au or by calling 3365 2620

This symposium is hosted by the UQ School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry with financial support from the Queensland Anzac Centenary Grants Program

9.00am Arrival tea and coffee
9.20am Welcome and Introductions
Head, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland
9.30 - 10.00am Thinking about Sacrifice: some recent student projects
Andrew Heiner (UQ undergradaute student)
10.00 - 10.30am 'The deathless glory of self-sacrifice': renouncing pleasure and performing loyalty on the home front in the Great War Dr Mark Cryle
10.30 - 11.00am The Citizen Mother at War: loyalty, sacrifice and maternal duty Fiona McLeod
11.00 - 11.30am Minute silence followed by morning tea
11.30am - 12.00pm The Gender of Sacrifice: Eric Partridge's Frank Honywood, Private Dr Robert Hogg
12.00 - 12.30pm Faith and Sacrifice: The Gallipoli diary of Padre George Green of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment Simon Farley
12.30 - 1.00pm 'Lest we forget... to make a quid': World War I's economy of sacrifice Dr Susan Kellett
1.00pm Close

Further details of presenters and presentations are available from the symposium program.



Room 613, The Terrace Room
Level 6, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14)
The University of Queensland
St Lucia campus