World War 1 Centenary Projects are well underway, with more being announced all the time. The aim with this (and my earlier) World War 1 Centenary Projects posts, is to list a few of them, so others know what is going on.
And if you have any World War 1 project that you or any organisation are involved with, that you’d like mentioned here, please send an email to Alona at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those with Australian WW1 Projects, I highly recommend that you should also consider listing your project on the World War One Link website. http://worldwaronelink.com.au
Over the past two years, the 5000 Poppies project has worked towards the goal of “planting” a field of more than 5000 handmade crocheted, knitted, felted or sewn poppies in Federation Square Melbourne as a stunning visual tribute to Australian servicemen and women for more than a century of service in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations during Anzac Day 2015. The project took off, and they had over 200,000 poppies
ANZAC CENTENARY PHOTO APP
The Department of Veteran Affairs have created the comprehensive website: 100 Years of Anzac: The Spirit Lives 2014-2018, which is packed full of information as well as including details of grants available. As an addition to that, they have created a website app that allows you to upload your Anzac Centenary photos. So upload and tag your own Anzac Centenary photos, and you can browse through all those that have been submitted, seeing what how others have captured ‘moments’ relating to the Anzac centenary.
ANZAC CENTENARY QUEENSLAND
The Queensland Government wants to make sure the proud legacy of our Anzacs is preserved for future generations.There were 57,705 Queenslanders who served their country in the First World War from 1914 to 1918. One hundred years has passed providing us with an opportunity to encourage people of all ages to learn about Queensland’s role in the First World War and its impact on our nation. The Queensland Government is asking everyone to get involved in the Anzac Centenary by attending a commemorative event, visiting an exhibition, or simply sharing stories and photos with family, friends or local community.
They have committed almost $50 million to help preserve and share the stories of our servicemen and women and honour their memories through numerous projects, as well as offering grants for others in Queensland doing their own WW1 project.
THE COMMEMORATIVE POPPY TILE
The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trues (GMCT) in Melbourne, Victoria is encouraging families to renew their links to their family members, particularly those who enlisted in the Great War, and to urge them to place a permanent record of their service on their gravesite. Many graves have been forgotten by families over the years and have become neglected. Younger family members may be unaware that their ancestors served at all unless their family memories and history are strong. The Centenary Poppy Tile is a decorative packed kit that contains two small, highly glazed Australian-made white porcelain tiles with a striking red Flanders Poppy printed onto the surface in a slightly raised finish.
THE DIGGERS OF MOUNT HICKS, TASMANIA
A Facebook page has been created for the relatives of the 29 soldiers that appeared on the Mount Hicks Roll of Honor from 1918 It is also for the relatives of the two soldiers who were meant to be added to the roll at a later time. This page allows relatives to share photos and other information about these soldiers and establish new contacts.
DUBLIN HISTORY GROUP
On the 9th November 2014 (Remembrance Sunday), the Dublin History Group was involved with the planting of 22 trees in the Dublin Institute Grounds in memory of the local soldiers who did not return from serving their country during WW1. They had plaques made for each soldier and descendants of those named were contacted, with a number attendeding the ceremony. For further information about the commemoration trees you can contact the Secretary of the Dublin History Group on (08) 8529 2028.
THE EMPIRE CALLED AND I ANSWERED
Lenore Frost is the driving force behind the local project in the Essendon and Flemington region of Victoria. She has created a wiki to detail the WW1 volunteers from the region, together with a blog to provide further information. The wiki includes access to a publication of Melbourne Teachers College which details WW1 service and biographical details of graduates.
IN TIMES OF WAR: FAR NORTH QLD REMEMBERS WW1
‘In Times of War’ was an exhibition that was being organised and held by the Cairns Historical Society during April 2015. Unfortunately I’m writing this too late to inform people that it’s on to go visit, however I still wanted to make mention of it, so they are aware that the Society is a place to visit for local information including military
INVERELL REMEMBERS WORLD WAR I
A committee has been formed to re-enact the ‘snowball’ recruiting drive which started at Inverell on 12 January 1916. Known as The Kurrajongs, 114 men departed Inverell by train for the Narrabri camp, gathering more recruits at Warialda and Moree. They were followed by another 50 men on 29 February 1916. More than 1200 men and women enlisted from the Inverell district and the march re-enactment, to be held on Sunday 10 January 2016, will be the catalyst to remember all those from the District who served during WW1. The Re-enactment committee would particularly like to hear from relatives of the Kurrajong men and for them to participate in this exciting event. Relatives of other servicemen and women are also welcome to join in or be present on the day to remember and honour our district’s contribution World War 1. For further details phone President, Kim Blomfield 0429 883 362 or Vice President, Ann Hodgens 0427 211 485 or email email@example.com
QUEENSLAND STORIES OF WAR (Podcast)
Listen to guest panelists Lieutenant-General Mark Evans (retired) AO, DSC, Chair of the Queensland Advisory Committee for theCommemoration of the ANZAC Centenary (2014-2018), and Kate Walton, PhD candidate at The University of Queensland specialising in Australian Prisoners of War in Turkey, in conversation with Dr Kate Evans as they discuss the impact of World War One on Queenslanders and its enduring legacy.This event was part of A Night in the JOL monthly talks series where we delve into Queensland’s rich and diverse history.
QUEENSLAND’S WORLD WAR 1 CENTENARY BLOG
The State Library of Queensland blog features numerous posts about Queensland people, artifacts and memorabilia that relate to World War 1.
SERVING OUR COUNTRY
The Serving Our Country Project has been created to research and detail the thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers who fought for Australia from the Boer War through until 2000. There were more than 1000 Aboriginal men who fought in WW1, defying laws preventing them from enlisting. Sadly the effort and impacts of the Indigenous solders has largely gone unrecognised. This website aims to remedy that by giving these remarkable men the recognition they deserve.
STOCKTON DURING WORLD WAR ONE
Michelle Watson has created this blog which will “chronicle the work I’m doing on my book about the community of Stockton (in New South Wales) and World War One.” The book will be in two parts. The first part will look at the impact of the war on the close knit community of Stockton and how the community responded to the massive disruption the war brought. While the second part will be biographies of the nearly 300 men and women who served in a variety of military roles during the war. If you have any information on history and people of Stockton, you can contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STOCKTON WORLD WAR ONE PHOTO FRAME IDENTIFICATION PROJECT
Several years ago, the Stockton Historical Society Inc was presented with a large frame, containing the images of 18 World War One servicemen. Unfortunately, none of the men were identified. Over the last two years, the Society had the frame and photos cleaned and conserved. During this process, we were able to gain access to the back of the photos. However, only one man was kind enough to supply us with name, rank and serial number!! Can you assist us in giving names to the men who have sat behind the glass for 100 years? We believe the frame was put together by a Mrs Gwendoline Evans of Hunter Street, Stockton. Her name was found inside the frame during conservation. She was also named as the Executrix of one of the men we have identified, Private Alfred Penn (originally from Potter’s Bar, Middlesex, England). We would love to know more about Mrs Evans as well. The photos can be viewed at the link above. If you can help out, please email Michelle at email@example.com.
TOGETHER THEY SERVED
Cheryl has started a project to record those from the Surf Coast Shire region in Victoria who were involved in WW1. Using both a blog and Facebook page she is sharing information about WW1 Honour Boards and Memorials on the Surf Coast and identifying the service men and women listed on them.
WW1 AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS AND NURSES WHO REST IN THE UK
Created by Beth Page, this website contains details of over 2500 Australian soldiers and nurses who are buried in the UK. They are sorted alphabetically by parish, but this site does have a search box which might make it easier for you.
WW1 CENTENARY EXHIBITION (Melbourne)
The Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London has arrived at the Melbourne Museum for a WW1 Exhibition. And after a spectacular opening in April 2015 this amazing display is open to visitors until August 2015. This is the most significant exhibition from the IWM to ever leave Great Britain.
CANADA’S GREAT WAR ALBUM
Canada’s Great War Album website was launched late in 2014. It is based on the book of the same name. The book is a collection of Canadian photographs, memorabilia, and stories of the war, and the website follows suit with sections, About the Great War, Key Battles, Video, Submit Your Story, and, of course, Buy the Book. Readers will find many soldiers profiles throughout the website and the book.
THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
Created by Canada.com this is a big website, with a lot of information on it. The tabs have divided the website into easy categories: Faces of War, Home Front, Battlefront, After the War, Memory Project. Photos, videos, audio, memorabilia and more are what this site gives you. The Memory Project allows you to share your own Canadian military history history by sharing stories, artifacts or photos to help create a virtual museum of Canadian souvenirs from that conflict.
WAR DIARIES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
Online searchable database contains the digitised War Diaries of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) units. Archived online from Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothque et Archives Canada.
REMEMBERING THE FALLEN HEROES OF NEW WHITTINGTON, CHESTERFIELD
Louise has an interest in the men mentioned on the WW1 memorial in her home town of Chesterfield in Derbyshire. So much so, that she is researching all 85 of them, and is progressively recording their history on her blog.
OPERATION WAR DIARY (A Crowdsourcing Project)
This massive project from the UKs National Archives has seen them digitise about 1.5 million pages of British war diaries. These tell the story of the British Army on the Western Front during the First World War in their own words. Now they are digitised they are asking for your help. As a crowdsourcing project they are asking for volunteers to transcribe the information by tagging details such as a person, place or activity mentioned in these pages.