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