ANMEF departing for New Guinea - the first infantry to leave Australia in WW1

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Embarkation of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) for New Guinea.

At the request of the British Government a special force, the AN&MEF, was raised in August 1914 and despatched against the neighbouring German colonies. It was a volunteer force, enlisted partly from the naval reserves in the various states and partly from the militia.

A portion of the military contingent is shown, being ferried down Sydney Harbour in course of embarkation. These were the first infantry to leave Australia.

Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

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