Welcome to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. We commemorate the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. Our cemeteries, burial plots and memorials are a lasting tribute to those who died in some 153 countries across the world. Our Register records details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located. Find out more about the scope of our organisation today by clicking on the links above. I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon earth through the years to come than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war.
iwonderweatherOn 21 August in 1861, Dr. Charles Knight was appointed as the first Director of Meteorological Stations in New Zealand. This appointment marked the founding of the New Zealand Meteorological Service – the country’s oldest continuous scientific institution - with the aim of producing consistent climatic data for the whole colony by means of observatories in each province. This was followed by amalgamation with the Marine Department's storm warning service for shipping, and approval of the first official system of forecasting in 1879.Trove - Pictures, photos, objectsSearch photographs, negatives, artworks, drawings, posters, postcards and other pictures, as well as physical objects such as puzzles, instruments and clothing. 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.
Digitised WWI Victorian newspapersA 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.
epic / Homepage - Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI)Kia ora and welcome to EPIC. EPIC is a venture between New Zealand libraries and the Ministry of Education, giving schools free access to a worldwide range of electronic resources. Through EPIC schools can access databases containing thousands of international and New Zealand magazines, newspapers, biographies, substantial reference works, and images. EPIC lets you access up-to-date full text articles covering a huge range of subjects.
First World War 1914–18Australian troops in the Lone Pine trenches. 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.Service recordsDiscovering 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)
About UsAustralians on the Western Front 1914-1918Get started - Australians in World War 1 - Research Guides at State Library of VictoriaThis 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.