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NSW Anzac Centenary - Records of NSW and WWI

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new website and exhibition showcasing stories from the archives to commemorate the Centenary of World War I.

State Records is proud to honour the Centenary of World War I and Anzac with an exhibition and website that draws from the archive’s vast collection to look at New South Wales life during the war years.

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.

On display at the Western Sydney Records Centre Sept 2014 – April 2015

Website - NSW Anzac Centenary

The NSW Anzac Centenary website looks at three key themes :

  • 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

Visit the website
New South Wales AIF soldiers, unknown military camp c.1915


The NSW Anzac Centenary website features online research guides to help family historians retrieve their WW1 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.

State Records is a lead agency in the extensive New South Wales 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.