- 416,809 Australians enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). (38.7 per cent of the Australian male population aged between 18 and 44).
- The Commonwealth census of 1911 counted 4,455,005 persons as living in Australia. (Aboriginal Australians were not included in the census).
- Victorian population in 1914: 1,430,667
- Around 320,000 members of the AIF embarked for service overseas.
- Of these almost 60,000 were killed in action or died of wounds. (18.75 per cent)
- About 156,000 were wounded, gassed or became prisoners of war.
- Around 112,000 Victorians enlisted for service in the AIF.
- Of these just on 19,000 were killed in action or died of wounds. (16.90 per cent)
- Most number of soldiers enlisting from any one Victorian family: eight (the Neyland family & the Fisher family)
- Rejection of those offering to serve:
Number medically examined: 589,947
Number rejected: 178,800
- Number of Red Cross branches in Victoria: 462
- Amount of money raised by the Red Cross in Victoria: £854,283
- Amount of money raised for the Australian Comforts Fund in Victoria: £189,778
- Amount of money raised by the State School children of Victoria: £422,470
- Total amount of money raised for patriotic causes in Victoria: £3,294,273
- Number of VFL players killed in action or died of wounds overseas: 68
- Due to the First World War, only 4 teams competed in the 1916 VFL season – Carlton, Richmond, Fitzroy and Collingwood.
- With only four teams competing in the 1916 VFL season, this led to the anomaly of Fitzroy winning both the wooden spoon and the Premiership.
- Amount of money raised by public subscription to build the Shrine of Remembrance: £160,000 (64 per cent)
- Number of people present at the opening of the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, November 1934 (est): 300,000 (one third of Melbourne’s population at the time)
- Cost of building the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne: £250,00
- Number of war memorials in Victoria in public places (est): 360
- Amount of money raised by the people of Geelong to build a Peace Memorial (opened in October 1926): £23,000
- Australia had the highest casualty rate of war – almost 65 per cent (proportionate to total embarkations)
Fast facts have been sourced from the Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918