Windows into Wartime was an exhibition produced by State Archives and Records NSW for the Centenary of Anzac and to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the First World War. The exhibition presented a selection of images produced by the NSW Government Printing Office Photographic Branch during and immediately after the Great War. As society mobilised on the home front in support of Australia’s military effort overseas, government photographers were on the ground in Sydney and across the state shooting the image. They photographed a raft of activities and produced an extraordinary body of work that not only documented, but promoted and shaped how the people of NSW responded to the impact and upheaval caused by the First World War. Today, this collection of historic images—reproduced from original glass plate negatives—provides a unique insight into the NSW home front during the First World War.
NSW Anzac Centenary website
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 website focuses 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
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 website over the course of the Anzac Centenary, 2014-2018.
Centenary of WWI & Anzac commemorative activities
State Archives and Records NSW 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 Archives and Records NSW is proud to honour the Centenary of World War I and Anzac with an exhibition and website that draws from our vast collection to look at life in New South Wales during the war years.