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War brides: where there is war there is love

During World War I, more than 13,000 Australian soldiers married while overseas on service.

Most of their new wives were English women the diggers met while on leave, while training or while in hospital. Some men also married French or Belgium women. Some took it to excess; one Australian man was found to have married eight times during the war.

Greg Cope, from the National Archives’ Brisbane office, has found a treasure trove of information on war brides and will share his findings in two public talks on Wednesday 17 June and Friday 19 June.

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