Returned Diggers: The Soldier Settlement Scheme

Fitzpatricks - 28/04/2016

When Australia’s Prime Minister Joseph Cook stated: “If the old country is at war, so are we”, Australia entered World War I – Wagga Wagga, and indeed the Riverina, was quick to answer the call to arms. About 2000 men with some connection to Wagga had volunteered by the time the Armistice was signed on November, 11, 1918.1 The government realised the importance of providing a source of income for returning soldiers, as well as to recognise the personal …

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