Anzac is the name given to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who landed on the beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula in modern-day Turkey on 25 April 1915. The Gallipoli campaign has been described as the moment of birth of nationhood for both Australia and New Zealand.
NSW Anzac Centenary website
State Records is proud to honour the Centenary of World War I and Anzac with a website that draws from the archive’s vast collection to look at New South Wales life during the war years.
The NSW Anzac Centenary website looks at three key themes :
- In Service – enlistment and the response of the Government and people of NSW
- On the Home Front – what day-to-day life was like for people in Sydney and NSW during the war years
- In Remembrance – how the war was commemorated across NSW, in particular through war memorials
The NSW Anzac Centenary website features online research guides to help family historians retrieve their WW1 stories from government records. The guides identify research pathways for tracing the stories of NSW soldiers and nurses, and highlight resources from our collection that provide background information to life in New South Wales at the time of the war.
Content will be regularly added to the web site over the course of the Anzac Centenary, 2014-2018.
- Search – Nominal Roll of the First Railway Section (AIF), 1917-20 – includes a photograph of the 1st Railway Imperial Expeditionary Force at the Sydney Showground prior to departure for France
- Search – First World War Nominal Roll (Australian War Memorial website)
- Website – Soldier Settlement: A Land Fit for Heroes? Vast tracts of our state were settled by returned servicemen and women in the aftermath of the Great War: the rural communities they established lie at the heartland of regional Australia. But the story of soldier settlement has yet to be told. We know little of the experience of soldier settlers and their families as they battled to ‘make a go of it’ on the land.