The way we were

The way we were – This undated family portrait of an Australian Digger who served overseas in the Great War (1914-1918) would have provided comfort to those he left behind. From an Australian population of fewer than five million people at the time, 416,809 men enlisted, more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 were wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner. Many returned home mentally and physically scarred for the rest of their lives. What happened to this soldier is unknown but his service to our country is commemorated every April 25 on Anzac Day (see Page 1). Photo: Newcastle Gaol Museum.