World War One
As is the case for all Australians whose family or friends were touched by the First World War, we will forever remember the contributions and sacrifices of our staff and alumni with equal parts pride and sadness.
A Centenary of Armistice
This year marks the centenary of the Armistice, when at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, there was silence after four years of brutal conflict. In commemoration of this event, and to remember all the men, women and animals who served during World War I, the University of Adelaide invites students, staff and friends to visit the Mitchell Building, the Roseworthy Hall or Urrbrae House on Monday 12 November between 9.00 am and 5.00pm to observe a minute of personal reflection.
The Honour Roll: Mitchell Building
The Honour Roll in the Mitchell Building features the names of 535 students and staff listed in bronze panels who participated in World War I, of whom 78 gave their lives. On 8 August 1935, Walter Hervey Bagot of Woods, Bagot, Laybourne-Smith & Irwin drew a rough sketch to indicate a concept that relied on the strong forms of the then First Building, utilised the sandstone features and bronze tablets to produce a rhythm that dignify the names on the roll. The memorial’s panels was placed on the wall of the staircase landing, the location deemed as the most appropriate after much consideration by the University Council and the University Union, and was unveiled in 1936. The inscription simply states: “These are our men who served abroad 1914 – 1918”.
Image: Honour Roll, Mitchell Building (detail), photograph by Denis Smith
The Roseworthy Agricultural College Roll of Honour
The Roseworthy Agricultural College Roll of Honour is a wooden wall plaque listing names of the fallen from 1886-1918, and was unveiled four months after Armistice by Sir Henry Galway, Governor of South Australia. Of the 300 students who enrolled between 1900 and 1918, 228 enlisted in World War I with 39 never to return. The Tassie family donated funds for the construction of a library, in memory of their son John who died on service in World War I. John’s portrait together with a plaque is located in the mantle of the Tassie Building, which was opened in 1921.
Urrbrae House Roll of Honour
Peter Waite supported officers and men in their military preparation on his grounds, which later become the Waite Institute of the University of Adelaide and now the Waite Campus.
An honour roll commemorating the Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men of the 18th Battery, 6th Field Artillery Brigade, Second Division of the Australian Imperial Forces can be seen in Billiards Room of Urrbrae House.
University’s records from World War I
The University has produced many historians of twentieth century conflicts, including Emeritus Professor Trevor Wilson AM, a world authority on the history of the Great War. Professor Wilson has been teaching and inspiring students at the University of Adelaide since 1960 when he was appointed lecturer in History, and was instrumental in introducing twentieth century war studies at the University and in shaping its international reputation in this field of inquiry.
The University Archives hold correspondence between University, veterans and families of veterans expressing both the tragedy of the war and the deep feelings for the University even at times of adversity. Information about the University’s records from World War I can be found on the Archival Allsorts blog while some of the correspondence sent to Registrar during World War I can be found on the Archival Allsorts Document Library.
Support the Poppy Appeal
For those wishing to support the Poppy Appeal, a donation can be made in the marked tins located in the Mitchell Building, Roseworthy Hall and Urrbrae House, and there will be poppies to purchase.