NSW Anzac Centenary - Records of NSW and WWI
State Records is a lead agency in the extensive New South Wales Centenary of World War I and Anzac commemorative program taking place between August 2014 and November 2018. The full program is being overseen by the NSW Centenary of Anzac Council and has been endorsed by Cabinet.
As part of the commemoration program, State Records is proud to honour the Centenary of World War I and Anzac with an exhibition and website that draws from State Record’s vast collection to look at life in New South Wales during the war years. The exhibition and website focus on the key themes of:
- 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
Exhibition - A Call To Arms
A Call to Arms highlights records from the declaration of war on 4 August 1914 up until September 1916, when the first plebiscite (public vote) was held on the conscription of young men into war service.
A Call to Arms showcases records from the declaration of war on 4 August 1914 until September 1916, before the first plebiscite (public vote) was held on the conscription of young men into war service. The exhibition includes photographs, official documents, letters, and printed material that provides an insight into the lives of the people of NSW and the Government who served them during the first part of the Great War.
A Call to Arms will be on display at the Western Sydney Records Centre from Sept 2014 – April 2015
Website - NSW Anzac Centenary: Records of NSW and World War I
The NSW Anzac Centenary website highlights records from the State archives relating to key events and historical themes, associated with NSW and World War I. A number of these documents have been digitised and made available to view online, alongside text which helps contextualise the records.
The site features online research guides to help family historians retrieve their World War 1 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.