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.
After publicity on ABC Radio which indicated I could look up NAA to find WW1 service records, I find instead that that there is nothing on your web site to start or facilitate such a search, so its a dead loss in that regard.
Thanks for your comments, and I’m not sure what was said on radio as I didn’t hear it. But I presume it was about the NAA’s Dicovering Anzac website.
You certainly can find military records on both the orignal NAA website, and also on the Discovering Anzacs website.
This link takes you to the search page, where you can type in a name. Generally surname, and initial as military records don’t always use full names.
2. Discovering Anzacs > look for the big search box in the middle of the homepage
I found the same records on here, that are on the NAA website.
If you are having problems finding who you are looking for you might wish to give us, or the NAA a call so we can talk you through it.