Fisher created volunteer army
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.