Friday, 15 August 2014

70th Infantry leaving Ballarat

The Ballarat Courier on Saturday 8th August 1914
On Saturday 8th August, 1914, this image of the 70th Infantry preparing to leave Ballarat to go to camp in Queenscliff was included in the newspaper.  It is the first known image of the Infantry appearing in the Ballarat Courier. This infantry consisted solely of men from the Ballarat region.  The article accompanying the photo begins with, 'It was brought home to Ballarat and district yesterday, more directly than has been the case since the outbreak of hostilities on the Continent  a week ago, that Ballarat's part in the responsibility the Empire has been called upon to shoulder, was to be more than that of a passive spectator.  The news that the Empire was likely to be drawn into the struggle was received with a sense of regret.'

The Ballarat Courier on Saturday 8th August 1914

If you would like to look at the original of this image and article, it can be viewed at Ballarat Library in the Australiana Research Room or if you would like to look at it online, you can go to the TROVE website, which has digitised most of the Australian newspapers from 1914-1918.

If you would like to read more about this important event, see Neil Leckie's article which was published in the Ballarat Courier on 14th August, 2014.


  1. Have strong family connections to Ballarat which also include 3 uncles serving in WW1 - very much enjoying the clarity of information and presentation of this blog, thank you.

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