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Section includes records relating to the Australian colonial and later Commonwealth military and naval forces prior to the First World War.

1) Administrative Records

AWM1 Pre-Federation and Commonwealth records

  • Series of miscellaneous items created by various units.

AWM2 Sudan records

AWM3 Records of Department of Defence Central Registry

  • Series of general correspondence files, mainly covers the period 1902-1905.

AWM27 Records arranged according to AWM Library subject classification.

  • Series of files and miscellaneous official papers from former donated records (DRL) accessions and other series. Includes a few items relating to Australian involvement in pre 1914-18 War conflicts.

AWM365 Map Collection of Major General George Vasey CB CBE DSO

2) Biographical Records

AWM1 Pre-Federation and Commonwealth records

  • Series of miscellaneous items created by various units. Includes muster or nominal rolls, birth and marriage registers, court-martial books and weekly returns.

AWM2 Sudan records

  • Series includes Sudan Contingent attestation papers, NSW Infantry B and C Companies.

AWM130 Nominal rolls, War in South Africa

AWM141 Roll of Honour cards, Sudan, 1885

AWM142 Roll of Honour cards, War in South Africa, 1899-1902

AWM143 Roll of Honour cards, China, 1900-1901

AWM182 Office of the Military Secretary, Officer's Record of Service ledgers

AWM237 Roll of Honour cards, supplementary sources

AWM249 Wesley College, Melbourne, Biographical cards

AWM272 Card index supporting the Memorial's Commemorative Roll

3) Naval Records

AWM50 Records of HMA Naval Establishments, Sydney

AWM124 Naval historical collection

  • Series of original records and other material acquired by the Navy Historical Records Section and its successors. Covers a broad range of subjects.

AWM239 RAN Medical Officers' journals

AWM266 Australian Naval Force (ANF) Engagement Service Records, 1903-1911

AWM369 Royal Australian Navy – Court-Martial records

4) Private Records

PR87/207 Major General J A K Mackey, papers related to Mounted Infantry units in South Africa. 1885-1935

5) Other Records

AWM246 Australian port defence charts