Fisher cre­ated vol­un­teer army

South Burnett Times - - CENTENARY MILESTONES 100 YEARS OF ANZAC -

SHORTLY af­ter the out­break of the First World War, An­drew Fisher (pic­tured) be­came Prime Min­is­ter of Aus­tralia for the third time, aged 52.

Fol­low­ing his role in help­ing to bring the Royal Aus­tralian Navy into be­ing in 1911, per­haps his great­est wartime achieve­ment was the cre­ation in 1914 of the Aus­tralian Im­pe­rial Force (AIF), the vol­un­teer army whose ef­forts are still the fo­cus of Aus­tralia’s pub­lic mem­ory of the con­flict.

Fisher was re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing the dis­patch of the first Aus­tralian troops over­seas and for lay­ing the fi­nan­cial foun­da­tions of the coun­try’s war ef­fort.

Dur­ing 1914 and 1915, Fisher led a coun­try that was largely united in its de­ter­mi­na­tion to de­fend the Bri­tish Em­pire.

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