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The Enemy At Home: The story of German internees in World War 1 Australia

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The Enemy At Home: The story of German internees in World War 1 Australia

Time: May 7, 2011 to September 11, 2011
Location: Museum of Sydney
Street: Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets
City/Town: Sydney, NSW 2000
Website or Map: http://www.hht.net.au
Phone: 02 9251 5988
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Museum of Sydney
Latest Activity: Apr 26, 2011

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Newly discovered photographs by internee Paul Dubotzki reveal what it was like to be interned in Australia during World War I.

During World War I nearly 7000 so-called ‘enemy aliens’ were interned in camps in New South Wales. One was young Bavarian photographer Paul Dubotzki whose remarkable photographs record the experience of internment from 1915 to 1919. In 2007 his entire archive was discovered in the small German town of Dorfen and it has been brought to Australia for the first time.

Dubotzki’s photographs tell an extraordinary story. Australians of German and Austrian descent, and Germans captured by the Allies in Asia, were imprisoned in isolated camps. These internees from all walks of life transformed their situation in detention with ingenuity, industry and determination. They created intricate societies with cafes, clubs, newspapers, an array of small businesses, theatres, tennis courts, kitchen gardens, laundries, boat-building and regattas, beach activities and athletic demonstrations.

This exhibition is a story of artistry, ingenuity and resilience that reveals a little-known part of Australia’s wartime history.

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