Anzac Day 2018
12 April 2018
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Dr Nathan Church (updated by David Watt)
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Section
The purpose of this
quick guide is to provide parliamentarians and their staff with helpful
resources for researching various aspects of Australian military history. This
document will be periodically updated when additional resources become
available. All hyperlinks were correct as at 12 April 2018.
Australian War Memorial (AWM)
The AWM website provides an extensive amount of military history resources,
Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)
DVA offers a variety of resources,
ranging from lists of anniversaries and commemorative events, nominal rolls for
the Second World War, Korea and Vietnam (with preliminary work beginning on the
Gulf War) and information on the Office of Australian War Graves.
The DVA website also contains a research
tips guide and approximately 50 media backgrounder fact sheets on
various aspects of Australia’s military history, including involvement in wars
and conflicts, commemorations and related themes.
DVA has also published the following
reference websites Gallipoli and the Anzacs, Australians on the Western Front 1914–1918, Australia’s War 1939–1945, Australia’s involvement in the Korean War and Australia and the Vietnam War.
Archives of Australia (NAA)
The NAA website contains an array of primary source military history documents and thematic fact sheets. These include service records, administrative records, internment
records and national service records. The NAA guide to researching war service
provides useful information, as well as a link to the RecordSearch database. The 376,000 First World War
service records have been digitised in their entirety, following
the three-year ‘Gift to the Nation’ digitisation project. Digitisation of other
records remains ongoing.
The NAA has also created the Discovering
featuring profiles of Australian military personnel, an image gallery and a
mapping tool highlighting the places of birth and enlistment of those who
served in the Boer War and First World War.
The AIF Project
This is a database coordinated by academic historian Peter Dennis which allows the
searching of Australian First World War personnel by name, service number or
location of birth/place of residence upon enlistment.
National Library of Australia’s Trove website
As a result of the National Library’s newspaper digitisation program, more
different newspapers across all states and
territories have been digitised, spanning the early 1800s to the mid-20th
century. These newspapers are keyword-searchable and provide substantial media
coverage of the war front and the home front during the First and Second World
Australian Dictionary of Biography
This website contains searchable biographic articles of notable personalities, including those involved in the military.
It is an initiative of the National Centre of Biography at the Australian
The Parliament of Australia ParlInfo database enables keyword searching across House of Representatives and
Senate Hansard, committee reports and proceedings and Bills debated within the
Parliament. This database is useful for identifying the parliamentary
proceedings during times of conflict.
Honours and awards
The Department of Defence
website contains information regarding the
different types of Australian and Imperial military awards. The Department of
the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s It’s an
Honour website provides further details on Australian honours, including the
ability to search by an individual or a specific award or medal.
Army History Unit website contains primary source
materials regarding the Australian Army forces’ contribution to conflicts
spanning pre-Federation to Vietnam, support to peacekeeping operations and
information regarding unit histories and formations.
The Royal Australian Air Force website
contains overview information of the RAAF’s contribution to Australian military
operations. The history of the RAAF is also described,
including a list of famous RAAF personnel. The RAAF website also gives
information regarding the traditions of the red poppy, the last
post, the dawn service and Remembrance Day.
The Royal Australian Navy
website contains reference material regarding the
histories of various ships, submarines and naval bases, customs, traditions and
and Torres Strait Islander military service
The Australian War Memorial website contains an overview of the history of the
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service, including specific
sections regarding its involvement in Australia’s various military conflicts.
In May 2014, the Indigenous Liaison Officer for
the AWM, Gary Oakley, delivered the lecture ‘Aboriginals in the First
Australian Imperial Force, a Secret History’, as part of the Parliamentary
Library’s series Parliament, War and Empire. This lecture can be
downloaded as an MP3 file, with an accompanying
PowerPoint presentation and slide notes.
The Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website has a section on Indigenous Australians at war and also
provides details of other online and hardcopy resources regarding the military
service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander personnel. This includes an honour roll.
For copyright reasons some linked items are only available to members of Parliament.
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