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CENTENARY OF WORLD WAR I COMMEMORATIVE PROGRAM

The Library holds one of the best collections of diaries and letters written by Australian men and women who served in the First World War. In late 2014, these intimate accounts of war were included on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register. The diary and letter collections are at the heart of our campaign to commemorate the centenary of World War I.  

Over four years to 2018, the Library is sharing the stories from our World War I collections through exhibitions, public programs, regional visits and this dedicated site where you can browse and explore items across all formats

The Library has fast-tracked the digitisation of our diary and letter collections – as well as maps, newspapers, posters, ephemera, artworks and photographs – making them more accessible to historians and students. Some of these are accessible through our World War I datasets, newpapers available in Trove, or through the Library's catalogues.

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ADDING TO THE WORLD WAR I COLLECTIONS

The Library is always interested in adding to our World War I collections. Our focus is to collect original materials that give insight into the personality and history of the service men and women. We’re particularly interested in areas less documented in our collection, including stories from the homefont, internees and Indigenous service men and women. See our collecting guidelines.

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Arthur John Moore Burrowes letters and postcards to his family, 26 January 1918-15 September 1919
'If anything else is added the post card will be destroyed'

Keeping the secrets of battles fought, won and lost, makes for very clinical correspondence from ‘over there’. Reading between the lines about the realities of life in the armed forces must have been very difficult for the recipients of such scant morsels of information. It isn’t exactly a wordy message but I am sure it would have been happily received back home with the first line kept intact. See postcard.

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