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 150 collections of private records related to individuals who served in the First World War are now online and hold a wealth of stories. These are the stories of ordinary people caught up in the extraordinary events of the war. The historic collection offers a chance for all to read the unique experiences of Australians in their own words, see the letters written home in neat copperplate, or the scribbled messages jotted down before battle. There are letters, private diaries, unit diaries, memoirs, post cards by soldiers, sailors and airmen, from all ranks: privates, officers, nurses as well as journalists and observers. All give the very personal perspective of those who were actually there. 100 years on these are now all our stories.

Read history, make history

Using the Memorial's new transcription tool you can help make these letters, diaries and notebooks readable, searchable and accessible for everyone. Read more about how to transcribe.

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

Daily Digger

Using personal quotes drawn from digitised private letters and diaries of First World War diggers 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 with feedback you have on the private records or the new search.

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