Friday 28 June 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. 2 comments
First World War Centenary, Collection, Collection Highlights, News, Film

The Australian War Memorial is currently in the process of releasing a vast selection of its film collection online as downloadable content through our website. This material, comprising of over 3000 titles, joins items from the Memorial’s sound collection which have been available online for the last few months. Already over 1200 film items have been released to our website. Each title that is available online has a link embedded on its object record page which lets you download a copy of the film to your personal computer.

To complement this exciting development, the film and sound team are creating a series of highlight reels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your finger tips!

Please enjoy exploring, researching and, most importantly, viewing our collection.

First World War Film Collection

The films in this collection contain actuality footage from the home front to almost all of the major theatres of war that featured Australian troops. From the sands of the Middle East to the trenches of the Western Front by way of the hills of Gallipoli, this enlightening collection opens a window into the storied past of the men and women who served in the First World War.  Shot by Australian, British and other Commonwealth cinematographers, the majority of the films came to the Memorial via the War Office - though some key titles were purchased along the way. This trailer offers just a sample of the content now available through our website, and the links below will lead you to the complete films that appear in it.  

Note: The original films are all silent, we have added music for artistic effect.

Links to collection items - F00035; F00042; F00045; F00047; F00050; F00054;F00057; F00060; F00062; F00069; F00077; F00129; F00143; F00148; F00161

If you have any questions, concerns or feedback about the content of the film collection please feel free to contact


Lyn Forde

Great films and laughed at the Tin Hats - need to see more

John Chambers

Fantastic content. Look forward to all the content held by the Memorial eventually being available online. Would be good to see some WW2 content online before all our servicemen who were involved in that conflict have passed away.