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 deliver new, digitised collections to the website, but also 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, such as the papers of Field Marshal William Birdwood. This collection alone will involve the delivery of 10,000 pages. You can view these first 100 collections here.
- A "single search" function means there is a single starting point for those searching for information about people, places, objects, and events across all the Memorial's digitised material.
- Larger images will be made available for the written collections so that they can be read more easily, including the ability to 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.
Please email WebProjects@awm.gov.au with feedback you have on the private records or the new search.