VCE Australian history - units 3 & 4

Guide for VCE Australian history students

War & upheaval (1909-1950)

Students investigate the debates and perspectives about Australia’s participation in World War One and World War Two.

Students analyse the ways in which social, political and economic cohesion of the nation was influenced by the impacts of these conflicts, including different perspectives about participation in war and conflict, enlistment and conscription and the ways that different groups experienced the war. (VCE History Study Design 2022–2026 p.56)

World Wars

World War 1914-1918

World War 1939-1945




When Spanish Flu came to Victoria

'Spanish Flu' (or pneumonic infuenza) swept through the world in  the immediate aftermath of World war 1, causing massive disruption and deaths. 

See this video about the effects of the world pandemic on Victoria and Australia. There is also an accompanying blog.


Political pamphlets

During the 1930s and 1940s there were a range of political pamphlets published espousing a range of views on the economic depression, and the causes of the war. There were also government pamphlets discussing issues at the end of the war. See these searches for online access to many of these pamphlets.