Family History Matters 
 The blog of the GSV 

Australia’s Great Depression

Expiry Date
15 February, 2024

Come and join the Victoria and Tasmania discussion circle for their National Family History Month event (our interest groups are usually only open to GSV members).

Australians born in 1895 were an unlucky generation. They survived the horrors of World War I and the Spanish flu epidemic, only to be faced with the Great Depression. Our ancestors faced long dole queues, shanty towns, and destitute men (and sometimes families) roaming the country in search of work. Australia was one of the hardest hit countries in the world with over a third of the workforce unemployed in 1932.

Joan Beaumont AM explores the resilience of this generation in her 2022 book Australia’s Great Depression. They ‘made do’, helped each other, and survived.

Joan is an internationally recognised historian of Australia in the two world wars, Australian defence and foreign policy, the history of prisoners of war and the memory and heritage of war.

Perhaps you have a resilient ancestor from this generation. There should be time for questions and sharing after Joan’s talk.

Hope to see you there (on Zoom) on Thursday 24 August at 7.30pm.

Please register on the Activities/Events page of the GSV website. If you are not a member of GSV, you may need to phone the office to register: 03 9662 4455.