Australia’s Mystery Airship Panics of 1900-1918

A fascinating post on the little known airship panics of the WW1 era has been published on the Gold Museum Memories of War blog.

Written and researched by Federation University Australia historian Dr David Waldron, the article explores the extraordinary panics and claimed eyewitness sightings of airships in regional Victoria in 1900-1918.

To read the article visit

About the Memories of War Project

David Waldron's Mystery Airship Panics article was very popular on social media. Illustration from The Globe, Sydney, 8 March 1913.

Regional Victorians reported seeing airships flying over farms. Illustration from The Globe, Sydney, 8 March 1913.

The Memories of War project commemorates the centenary of WW1 in Ballarat and connects young people today to events that took place a hundred years ago. Students from Federation University Australia are discovering and telling stories of Ballarat people affected by the Great War. They share their stories on the Ballarat Gold Museum Memories of War Blog.

A documentary film ‘The Last Goodbye’ based on the research findings is being produced by Wind & Sky Productions in 2015 will be screened on November 8 2015 at a dedicated event at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat.


Student Contributions

Students at Federation University Australia are invited to contribute writing, research, performances or creative content.

The content students produce, if selected, will be published on the blog as a community resource to help the people of Ballarat commemorate World War One.

Student contributions are now active and will be until the end of 2015.

If you are a student with digital content ready to go or which you intend to produce, we are now accepting submissions.

We've come up with a name - 'The Last Goodbye'

The documentary film ‘The Last Goodbye’ will be screening at M.A.D.E Ballarat on November 8.

For more information visit

Feel free to share this link if you know someone connected to FedUni who might be interested in being involved.

Project Partners

The Memories of War Film and Research Project is funded by the Australian Government Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program and the Victorian Government Anzac Centenary Major Grants Program.

The project is a collaboration between the Ballarat RSL, Federation University Australia, the Ballarat Gold Museum, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka and Wind & Sky Productions.

More information about the project can be found on the Home page and the About page.

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