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Versailles Palace

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Versailles Palace
This lantern slide, “Paris - Versailles Palace” shows a large group of men and women standing around the bronze statue of Louis XIV on horseback, located in the main courtyard of the Palace of Versailles. Those in the photo are likely either Y.M.C.A. war workers and soldiers at rest during the war (although the fighting never reached Paris, hotels in the area were appropriated as Y.M.C.A.’s for recovering soldiers) or members of the Australian delegation after the war.
Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
Lantern Slide Collection
World War, 1914-1918
International Young Men's Christian Association
Lantern slides
War work
3.25x3.25 in
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In Paris, “Billy” Hughes represented Australia during the negotiations of the Treaty of Versailles and the Covenant of the League of Nations. Hughes’ primary objective was to secure Australian control over the old German colonies in New Guinea. Australian armed forces had seized these territories in 1914, and Hughes wanted to annex them under direct Australian rule. He also fought for adequate reparations to Australia from Germany and against the inclusion of a declaration of racial equality into the Covenant of the League of Nations. The Treaty of Versailles and the Covenant of the League of Nations, signed by Hughes, were the first international agreements signed by the Commonwealth of Australia in its own right. The presence of Hughes at Paris and the signing of the German treaty indicated Australia’s real arrival as a player on the stage of international diplomacy. This slide is part of a series depicting Australian Y.M.C.A. war work during World War I.
Text on border reads, "Australian Y.M.C.A. Historical Record Section; Paris Versailles Palace
Part of the Australian Y.M.C.A. WWI Lantern Slide Series