Bringing historic documents from the Australian War Memorial’s archive to all Australians

The Anzac Connections project is a major web development project which will not only progressively deliver new, digitised collections to the website, but aims to improve search and discovery on the site, and provide ways for people to interact with the collection. The project has been established to mark the 2015 centenary of the landing on Gallipoli.

The first stage of the project was delivered in December 2013:

  • A broad selection of the private records, held here at the Australian War Memorial of officers and soldiers from the First World War will be added to the website. These collections represent the voices of those who served and range in size from single diaries or letters to larger collections. 
  • You can view the available collections here.
  • The "single search" is the starting point for those searching for information about people, places, objects, and events across all the Memorial's digitised material.
  • Large images of the documents mean they are easier to read; you can also zoom (magnify) words in the text.
  • Members of the public will be able to tag and comment on collection material. We hope this will make it easier to find or retrieve items, and enable us improve the information we have.

The project will continue to progressively release more new digitised collections, data and web developments during 2014 and 2015.

Feedback

Please email WebProjects@awm.gov.au with feedback you have on the private records or the new search.

Boats missed their bearings in the dark [and] inclined about 2 [miles] to the North getting us under the very difficult country there
"Boats missed their bearings in the dark [and] inclined about 2 [miles] to the North getting us under
the very difficult country there.” William Birdwood’s diary, 25 April 1915. 3DRL3376
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John Croft’s pocket book was pierced by a Turkish bullet at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.
John Croft’s pocket book was pierced by a Turkish bullet on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.  PR03842