Bringing historic documents from the Australian War Memorial’s archive to all Australians
Anzac Connections is a major web development project that not only progressively delivers new digitised collections to the website but also aims to improve search and discovery on the site, providing new ways for people to interact with our collections. The project was originally established to mark the 2015 centenary of the Gallipoli campaign but has since expanded to include collections relating to the Western Front and Sinai/Palestine.
The private record collections of hundreds of individuals who served in the First World War are now online and hold a wealth of stories: a young soldier on the Somme, freezing and up to his knees in mud, using a brief lull in the fighting to pen a letter to his parents at home; a nurse in one of the many field hospitals, exhausted and desperately trying to treat the mass of incoming wounded. From diaries to letters, postcards to photographs, souvenirs to ephemera, these collections tell the stories of ordinary men and women caught up in the extraordinary events of the war.
One hundred years on, their stories are now ours.
Read history, make history
By using the Memorial’s new transcription tool you can help bring these collections to life by making them searchable and accessible to everyone. Read more about how to transcribe.
The project will continue to progressively release more new digitised collections.
Using personal quotes drawn from the digitised private letters and diaries of First World War soldiers and nurses, this narrative will reveal the thoughts, activities, and responses of all ranks to the experience of active service during this conflict. Find out more about the Daily Digger project.
Please email WebProjects@awm.gov.au with any feedback on Anzac Connections.