Yesterday was a huge day for Australian and New Zealand military history, as Australia’s Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove launched the National Archives of Australia’s brand new website “Discovering Anzacs”.
Developed as part of the Anzac Centenary, the website is a result of a partnership between the National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand, and includes digitised service records of every Australian and New Zealander who served in WWI and many from the Boer War.
Containing the records of more than 600,000 people including 140,000 New Zealanders, some who were involved in the conflicts, and others who played a role at home or behind the scenes. You’ll find many of the lesser known records actually show what was happening on the home front. Also included are the original service records of the army nurses who were portrayed as characters in the recent ABC series Anzac Girls.