Their Legacy

  • Sara WeuffenEmail author
  • Fred Cahir


As the Australian nation progresses through the post-WWI centenary commemoration services, interest has focused on the effects of post-WWI spaces of remembrance in shaping the nations’ mourning and commemoration practices. Without biographical descriptions of the herculean efforts by members of the Australian war graves effort, their allies, and the impact to their physical and emotional wellbeing, the realities of exhuming nearly 70,000 Allied soldiers would continue to be relegated to the peripherals or war literature. Their legacy of sacrifice as a “devoted labour for the lost, the unknown but not forgotten dead”, has unknowingly or not, enabled modern Australian approaches to war death, family mourning, the development of mateship, and links between post-war work and modern commemorative events.


Australian graves workers WWI War graves Pilgrimage Legacy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Federation University AustraliaBallaratAustralia

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