An English education

An English education

Towards the end of the war, the Australian government grappled with the monumental question of how to gainfully occupy the thousands of Australian troops awaiting the long sea voyage home. The newly minted Department of Repatriation and Demobilisation in London offered an ambitious Education Scheme accessed through British universities, hospitals, and commercial or industrial institutions. Servicemen could revive old interests, acquire new skills or pursue qualifications. The scheme offered a fresh start to those whose bodies or outlook were so transformed that they were unable to return to earlier professions. In return, servicemen were obliged to stay out of trouble and make themselves useful to the development of the postwar nation.