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Digitised WWI Victorian newspapers. A major project commemorating World War I has digitised 216 WWI-era Victorian community newspapers and made them available online via the National Library of Australia’s Trove portal.

Digitised WWI Victorian newspapers

Victorians everywhere can now explore the stories of their communities and family and friends who lived and fought through the Great War. This digitised collection contains thousands of stories waiting to be found. These newspapers of the day provide, in their original format, news and public debate; letters from soldiers, sailors and nurses; death notices, images and more. The newspapers can be freely and easily searched by anyone at anytime and anywhere, using keywords, dates or geographical regions. Our listings below link directly to digitised newspaper titles across nine Victorian regions. The digitised newspapers cover the period 1914–19.

Includes Ararat, Ballan, Ballarat, Clunes, Colac, Creswick, Daylesford, Dunolly, Maldon, Maryborough, Talbot. World War One sources. WORLD WAR I BOOKS AT PEGS MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY. First World War 1914–18. Australian troops in the Lone Pine trenches.

First World War 1914–18

A02022 A02022 Australian troops in the Lone Pine trenches. AWM A02022 Australia’s involvement in the First World War began when Britain and Germany went to war on 4 August 1914, and both Prime Minister Joseph Cook and Opposition Leader Andrew Fisher, who were in the midst of an election campaign, pledged full support for Britain. The outbreak of war was greeted in Australia, as in many other places, with great enthusiasm. The first significant Australian action of the war was the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force’s (ANMEF) landing on Rabaul on 11 September 1914. On 25 April 1915 members of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) landed on Gallipoli in Turkey with troops from New Zealand, Britain, and France. Throughout 1916 and 1917 losses on the Western Front were heavy and gains were small. For Australia, the First World War remains the costliest conflict in terms of deaths and casualties.

Sources and further reading: C.E.W. Australian pictures in Trove. Picture Australia has been absorbed into Trove.

Australian pictures in Trove

It was originally launched in September 2000, and at that time, was a unique and ground breaking service, bringing together digitised images from cultural heritage collections around Australia for not only all Australians to see but also the world. Contemporary images were sourced from Flickr via a series of Groups, which ensured individual contributions to Picture Australia were included in the snapshot of Australiana. We will continue with this tradition using the Trove: Australia in Pictures Group. To read more about how we integrated Picture Australia into Trove please see the bulletins in the Trove forum. Please be aware that as a result of this integration the format of search URLs have changed, therefore any saved or bookmarked Picture Australia hyperlinks that use search terms will no longer work.

You may want to learn how to construct Trove search URLs to replace any Picture Australia links you have. Service records. Discovering Anzacs – The National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand commemorate the Centenary of Anzac.

Service records

The National Archives holds records about service in the Australian defence forces from Federation in 1901. Find out how to access the records we hold relating to service with the: Australian Army (Army) Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) We also hold other records relating to wartime service, including: civilian servicecourts-martial filesmerchant navymunitions workerssoldier settlementveterans’ case fileswar gratuities. National Archives of Australia and Archives NZ.

First World War, 1914-1918. Empirecall / Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918. His Majesty's Australian Transports [HMAT] Ships, Transporting the AIF. Australian War Memorial. Homepage – National Archives of Australia.