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It was only in 1901 that Australia had federated, a new nation, a new economy, a new political system governing the entire country. Australia at this time were still very loyal to their mother country (Britain) although they had their own country to deal with now. It was Britain's side of the world that was involved in this war and it wasn't long before the almighty empire tried to intervene and of course the inevitable occurred and they got up to their necks involved in the Great War. Australians had incredible connections of loyalty and patriotism when it came to Britain and it was at this time that the William Hughes said "Australia is part of the empire to the full, when the empire is at war so is Australia at war." And this was the beginning of Australia's involvement in WWI.
The number of young men enlisting was phenomenal and there were just as many reasons a quest for man hood, money in the pocket, loyalty to the queen and some purely out of boredom. But it was these men that were to shape the Australian identity for years to come.
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- William Hughes said "Australia is part of the empire to the full, when the empire is at war so is Australia at war." ...
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Prime Minister Hughes, Archbishop Mannix, Robertson,
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