Home Front: Wartime Sydney 1939-45
Location: cnr Bridge and Phillip Streets, Sydney
Venue: Museum of Sydney
31 Mar - 09 Sep, 2012
Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Sydney Harbour, “Home Front: Wartime Sydney 1939-45” is an exhibition that explores the experience of the women, men and children who rallied together to support the war effort from home.
Unprepared for another war, Australians initially referred to the conflict as ‘the phoney war’, however it wasn’t long before propaganda posters were plastered around Sydney, censorship and food rationing became the norm, and tank traps and barbed wire replaced bronzed bodies on Sydney beaches.
Highlights of the exhibition include the microphone used by Prime Minister Robert Menzies to announce that Australia was at war, remnants of the Japanese midget submarines that attacked Sydney, over 100 photographs and artworks depicting wartime Sydney, and a short documentary featuring historic footage.
“Home Front: Wartime Sydney 1939-45” is on display at the Museum of Sydney (cnr Bridge and Phillip Streets, Sydney) from March 31 to September 9, 2012.
For more information visit www.hht.net.au.