National Archives of Australia. National Archives of Australia - homepage. Australian War Memorial - homepage. Australian War Memorial - Search for a person. Get started - Australians in World War 1 - Research Guides at State Library of Victoria. This is a guide to finding records on Australian service personnel and their war activities.
This includes medical personnel such as doctors and nurses. Non-combatants such as journalists and photographers also enlisted in the army, so army records are relevant to them too. This guide explains how to access these records online and in print sources. Most records relate to the army, because far more Australians served in the army (the Australian Imperial Force or AIF) than in the Navy or Australian Flying Corps. Australia during World War I had a small navy, which served under British command. The National Archives of Australia holds the service records for all service personnel: army, navy and flying corps. If you know which unit or units a soldier served in, you can research the battles or campaigns his unit served in.
Hint for searching the State Library catalogue on the Search & Discover page: the official subject heading for World War I is World War, 1914-1918. His Majesty's Australian Transports [HMAT] Ships, Transporting the AIF. First World War, 1914-1918. Service records. Discovering Anzacs – The National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand commemorate the Centenary of Anzac.
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 Under the Archives Act, you have a right of access to Commonwealth government records that are in the open access period.
For wider research, you may also want to consult the Archives records about defence administration and policy or unit, operational and administrative records held by the Australian War Memorial. See also the list of abbreviations used in some service records. Trove - Digitised Newspapers. 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.
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. Empirecall / Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918. Essendon Historical Society. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.