The personal diaries and letters documenting Australian’s experiences of the Great War are one of the great strengths of the Library’s World War I collections. Many of these were acquired soon after the war ended. They capture the authentic and personal observations of those who served - before their memories were diluted by the passing of time and unreliable reminiscences.
Browse over 1200 volumes of diaries and letters written by 550 diarists including soldiers, nurses, journalists and artists.
Life Interrupted: Personal Diaries from World War One
Free exhibition in the Galleries
5 July - 21 September 2014
They were teachers, farmers, clerks and architects. Some were still at school. They came from cities, regional towns and the bush. From August 1914 Australian men and women kissed their loved ones goodbye and enlisted in a war they knew little about. With pride, they went to war with just a few months of battle training under their belts. Some would not return home; those who did were changed forever. view