National Archives of Australia
The National Archives of Australia is responsible for all archival resources created by the Commonwealth Government since 1 January 1901. Discovering Anzacs features the 375,971 digitised World War I Australian service records and many more records from the Archives’ collection that document and detail the experiences of Australians during the Boer War and World War I.
Archives New Zealand
Archives New Zealand holds the archives of the New Zealand government, including many national treasures. In 2014, Archives New Zealand completed the digitisation of all New Zealand World War I service records. Discovering Anzacs features these records and the service records of many New Zealanders who fought in the Boer War
Discovering Anzacs has been developed to enable sharing of data with other institutions and organisations which hold valuable information about Australians and New Zealanders experiences of WW1. This information is as diverse as the organisations and institutions, and ranges from photographs to family history, from grave locations to work after the war. Bringing resources together will provide Australians and New Zealanders with a central place to research WW1 and share their stories.
If you have an online project for the Anzac Centenary and would like to partner with the Discovering Anzacs project, please contact us.
The following organisations are sharing their WW1 collections on Discovering Anzacs:
STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND (SLQ)
The State Library of Queensland has digitised nearly 27,000 portraits of WWI Queensland soldiers. These portraits were published in the Pictorial Supplement of The Queenslander newspaper. More than 21,000 portraits are available online via the library catalogue. The images are being added to the individual profile page on Discovering Anzacs, along with a link to a free, downloadable high resolution image file of each portrait, and additional information from the Australian War Memorial and digitised newspaper articles from Trove, where available.
STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES (SLNSW)
In May 1918 the Trustees of the Mitchell Library (now part of SLNSW) undertook to collect photographs of Australian WW1 servicemen. Relatives of soldiers were asked to forward photographs to the Crown Studios, Sydney for copying. The SLNSW has digitised and made these 1,668 portraits available online. These portraits are being added to the individual profile page on Discovering Anzacs.
PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE VICTORIA (PROV)
Battle to Farm is PROV’s major online initiative to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI. The project endeavours to make the key records of the World War I Discharged Soldier Settlement Scheme (Victoria) more accessible through the creation of an online database to assist researchers identify the land file documenting the experiences of each Victorian soldier who took up an allotment under the scheme.
ArchivesACT’s Repat and Rabbits website tells stories of soldier settlers in the Canberra region through the records of the land they settled. Visitors can use the name index or an interactive map to find photographs, maps, and other documents that illustrate this important history of the settlement of Canberra and the men who lived and farmed there after their service in WW1.
BERRIMA AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL AND FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY
The Berrima Historical Society through the Southern Highlands 1200 database provides a listing of all the individuals from the Southern Highlands NSW who served in WWI. These names have, where possible, been linked to Discovering Anzacs. As part of the Anzac Centenary the BHC undertook this work as well as opening a new wing of the Berrima History Museum linking the online database to the Southern Highlands 1200 Exhibition..
CAMDEN REMEMBERS PROJECT
The Camden District Roll of Honour, Camden Remembers, has been developed to honour and commemorate the men and women from the Camden Area who enlisted, served or are serving in the Armed Forces, Volunteer Defence Corps, Citizen's Military Force or Land Army in all wars and conflicts. Work is being completed to link the commemorative WWI pages with Discovering Anzacs profile pages.
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, UK (IWM)
In January 2015 the National Archives of Australia provided the Imperial War Museum, UK access to the WW1 service dossier collection, B2455 to enable the IWM to publish this material on its WW1 website, Lives of the First World War. This website brings together material from across Britain and the Commonwealth and encourages users to explore and understand the experiences of those impacted by WWI.
LINC Tasmania (LINC)
LINC Tasmania has developed an index of names and photographs of Tasmanians who served in WWI. The photographs and articles from the Tasmanian Mail and Weekly Courier illustrated newspaper have been digitised. There are approximately 8,500 photographs which are currently being added to Discovering Anzacs.
OFFICE OF ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS, VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT
The Veterans Branch and Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, Department of Premier & Cabinet, have recently launched a joint project to collate and uncover information about the history of Victorian Aboriginal WWI service. It is known that over one hundred Aboriginal men enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in Victoria, and the number continues to grow as new names are found. While a few of these men’s stories are well known, most of these men’s stories have not been told. These stories will be linked to Discovering Anzacs.
The project will involve historical research and community engagement to seek information relating to this history.