Golf & War

Take Your Caddy With You!
                                                                                                            Australian War Memorial Collection - ARTV06296

One hundred years on from the Gallipoli landings, the Australian Golf Heritage Society Museum’s Golf and War exhibition honours those associated with the game who served in the armed services in times of war, and those who contributed to the war efforts at home.

Through objects, official documents and personal reflections, the exhibition profiles golfers, professional and amateur, who enlisted in World War One and World War Two. Amateur and professional, both men and women are profiled, and their experiences are all different. Some paid the ultimate sacrifice, some received military distinctions, others were prisoners of war. All had their lives changed irrevocably.

Golf & War WWI Display
The First World War section of the exhibition (click to enlarge)

Golf and War also looks at how golf clubs aided Australia’s war efforts through fundraising and, at times, giving up their courses for military purposes. After the wars, golf clubs recognised those who served through ‘Digger Days’, and memorial events acknowledging the sacrifices made by past members.

Golf & War Panorama
Golf & War displays (click to enlarge)

The exhibition will be constantly changing with new sections developed to commemorate the service of golfers in other wars such as Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan and in the Boer War. The Museum is interested in hearing from anyone with information or images about a golfer who served in any war or activities conducted at their golf club.


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