ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, and commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries.
The spirit of ANZAC Day seems to grow each year, with more and more people honouring their parents, grandparents or great grandparents who were involved in World War 1, World War 2 or the subsequent wars. This post is to let you know of some special offers that are currently on, as well as other bits that relate to ANZAC Day 2013, together with various ways you can honour your military ancestors.
FREE SPECIAL AUSTRALIAN MILITARY DIGITAL MAGAZINE
Findmypast.com.au and Inside History Magazine are delighted to announce a collaboration to produce an exclusive free digital magazine. The free digital magazine is available on iPad making it a really interactive and entertaining way to learn more about family history.
The digital magazine gives you intriguing articles by military experts to inform and entertain you, as well as showcasing new international historical records available on findmypast.com.au. You will also be able to read captivating case studies about those connected with the war.
Download your FREE copy today and enjoy the this wonderful magazine on your iPad today. Inside History have said that they will be publishing articles from the articles on their blog over the coming weeks.
UPDATE: An update from findmypast.com.au says that Inside History Magazine are currently working on a PC version of the app which is expected out next week.
FINDMYPAST.COM.AU’S ANZAC MEMORY BANK
Findmypast.com.au has created an Anzac Memory Bank to honour and remember the brave men and women who represented Australia or New Zealand during war. The Anzac Memory Bank commemorates not only the lost lives but also the brave men and women who made it home safely again. It’s aim is to record real-life stories from soldiers, odes to those dearly departed, war stories, photos, as well as detailed information on the Boer War, WWI, WWII and Vietnam War, and you will also have the ability to ask their experts your military questions. If you wish to contribute by sharing a story or photograph, you can do so by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read the stories that have already been added to the Anzac Memory Bank here.
NEW MILITARY RECORDS ON FINDMYPAST.COM.AU – Free Access 22-26 APRIL 2013
The extensive military collection on findmypast.com.au includes 3.6 million records from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Britain and the United States. To commemorate Anzac Day the entire military collection will be available free of charge in the week leading up to Anzac Day – Monday 22 to Friday 26 April, 2013.
Some of the new records available on findmypast.com.au include:
* Australasian Imperial Expeditionary Forces Roll of Honour — An index to the roll of honour of the soldiers and sailors of Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces
* New South Wales Roll of Honour — A comprehensive list of the names of service personnel extracted from honour rolls in schools, public halls, clubs and village war memorials across NSW
* New Zealand War Medal Roll — An index of returns of Officers and Men of the Colonial Forces who made applications for the New Zealand War Medal for services before 1866
* New Zealand Boer War Servicemen — A list of New Zealand servicemen who took part in the Boer Wars
The advanced search means you can simply start searching with a name, date, place or relevant keyword. Using a keyword such as the name of a battalion for example could prove useful. You can also search specifically in one country or search across the entire international collections.
LEAVE A TRIBUTE ON ANCESTRY.COM.AUs ANZAC DAY TRIBUTE WALL
If you’re a Facebooker, head on over to Ancestry.com.au’s ANZAC Day Tribute Wall, and put write your own message. Every family has its military heroes, and you can remember yours this ANZAC Day by leaving a message on our Tribute Wall. Lest we forget. You can find the link to the page here.
GOULD GENEALOGY ANZAC DAY SALE
Here at Gould Genealogy, we have looked through our large range of military titles, and have decided to have an Anzac Day sale. As such we are offering 24 titles at very special prices until the end of April 2013. Being all military related, they cover Australian general military, WW1, WW2, unit histories and the New Zealand army as well. So have a look at the list and if there’s something of interest, save yourself some money, and buy it while it’s on sale! Click here for the list.
While this isn’t a special offer as such, I wanted to include it to remind everyone of the wonderful work that the ANZAC Appeal does. The ANZAC Appeal raises funds to support former and serving members of the Australian defence forces, their allies and dependents when in need. The ANZAC Appeal began in early April and runs up until ANZAC Day on 25 April. Most of the funds are raised through donations and the sale of ANZAC badges, but you can head over to their website and make a donation too, every little bit helps. http://www.anzacappeal.com.au/