History Resources

Photograph-of-stained-glass-window-featuring-a-WW1-soldierAustralia's archives, libraries and museums have a range of online resources relating to the history of Australia's involvement in war. Family historians, local historians as well as people researching larger national stories may find the websites below a useful starting point.

  • The Australian War Memorial is the nation's premier museum and archive relating to Australia's involvement in war. It is located in Canberra and its holdings are extensive. The Australian War Memorials hosts the First World War Nominal Roll which lists all service personnel who served in this conflict.
  • The National Archives of Australia holds Australian Commonwealth Government Records, including armed service records from 1901 and other records relating to Australia's involvement in war. All Australian Imperial Force (AIF) service records from the First World War are available digitally on its website.
  • The National Library of Australia in Canberra is the nation's main repository of books and manuscripts. Its holdings include a large collection of letters, diaries and personal papers relating to Australia's involvement in war.
  • The State Library of Victoria holds Victoria's largest collections of books and manuscripts, including letters, diaries and personal papers, relating to war service. Its website also offers a number of resources relating to the military history of Victoria and Australia.
  • The Public Records Office of Victoria holds Victorian State Government records some of which relate to Victoria's involvement in war and its response to the repatriation of service personnel.
  • The Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs maintains a number of nominal rolls listing service personnel from various wars:
  • The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website contains a Debt of Honour Register detailing the locations of graves and memorials for Commonwealth service personnel, including Australians, killed in the two world wars.
  • The Office of Australian War Graves is responsible for the administration and maintenance of the graves throughout the world for those Australians who have died during war. It holds information about the graves of service personnel who died after the 1921 and whose death was attributable to the War. It administers the Overseas Memorials Search a register of both Government and privately-constructed memorials for Australian Service men and women who served in conflict or peacekeeping activities.
  • Picture Australia provides images of people, places and events relating to Australian history and society, including military history.
  • The Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has produced a searchable DVD titled Australia's Army War Dead (1885-1972)containing more than 88,000 Australian Army index records of service personnel who lost their lives as a result of operational service between 1885 (the Sudan War) and 1972 (the Vietnam War).
  • The Army History Unit is responsible for Developing policy and programs for the collection, conservation, interpretation and promotion of Army history.

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Last updated on Monday, 22 July 2013