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World War I key links

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This is a collection of resources to help you with your Soldier research project. If you are unsure how to use these sites, please ask a member of the library staff.

Search - ABC Education. PEGS Archives. National Archives of Australia CLICK ON NAME SEARCH. National Archives of Australia - homepage. Australian War Memorial - homepage. Australian War Memorial - Search for a person. 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. BBC Three - Our World War - Our World War: Interactive Episode. Gallipoli and the Anzacs. Australians on the Western Front 1914-1918. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The Causes Of The First World War TES 2015. Essendon Historical Society. Empirecall / Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918. Trove - Digitised Newspapers.

A fabulous site to find information about the school your soldier or nurse attended. Use the filters to narrow down the dates. Use the school's name, along with your soldier or nurse's name, in the search field. – bridgidcooper

Trove - Pictures, photos, objects. Search photographs, negatives, artworks, drawings, posters, postcards and other pictures, as well as physical objects such as puzzles, instruments and clothing.

Trove - Pictures, photos, objects

Contribute your photos to Trove! Find out how to do it. 1,256 photos have been contributed to Trove via Flickr this month. Trove's Pictures, photos, objects zone owes much of its existence to one of the National Library's first discovery services, Picture Australia. Picture Australia 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.

It began with less than half a million images from seven institutions and, over the years, grew to two million images and more than 70 contributors. Picture Australia has been absorbed into Trove. The Australians at War Film Archive - Home. 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. PEGS Library - WORLD WAR I BIBLIOGRAPHY.pdf. National Archives of Australia and Archives NZ. Gallipoli. 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: First World War, 1914-1918. His Majesty's Australian Transports [HMAT] Ships, Transporting the AIF.