A growing number of Australian profiles on Discovering Anzacs have a repatriation record attached which shows what happened to that person after the war.

What are repatriation records?

  • Repatriation records for World War I servicemen and women originated with the Repatriation Department (later the Department of Veterans’ Affairs).
  • They include medical, hospital and pension records from when the person returned home until their death.
  • The National Archives holds 600,000 Australian repatriation files in its collection.

How do you find them?

To discover whether your own relative has a repatriation file:

  • Go to RecordSearch
  • enter the surname
  • choose 'Repatriation cases' in the category box
  • either display the selected records or refine the search with further information.

Increasing numbers of repatriation records are being digitised. If you would like to purchase a copy of your relative’s file, you can order it online. If your search found just one result, click the 'request copy' link on the right hand side of the page. If your search found multiple results, click on the entry for the serviceperson you are interested in, then click on the 'request copy' link on the right hand side of the page.

What if you can't find a repatriation record?

Not all returning servicemen and women had a repatriation file, only those who sought a pension or benefits.

If you don’t find your relative immediately in RecordSearch, remember to search again in a month or two. We’ll be adding the description of more repatriation records in coming months.