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A Distant Grief: Australians, War Graves and the Great War
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A Distant Grief examines the role of war graves and cemeteries in private grief and mourning. Sixty thousand Australians perished during the First World War. So how did their families, on the other side of the world and without the bodies of their dead, attempt to come to terms with their loss?
Australian reactions to death were defined by distance, a circumstance that impelled mourners towards communal responses to their loss. It drove them to create and sustain links with the graves that most knew they would never see.
This first major study to draw extensively on the archives of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission adds a new dimension to our understanding of the ways in which individuals and communities respond to death and commemoration during and after one of the greatest traumas of the twentieth century.