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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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Ward diary, 6 October 1914 - 28 July 1915
Diary of Eric Harford Ward

More than just this dairy (which is incredibly moving), it's the stories you piece together by reading other material in our collection. While on duty, Eric Ward wrote several letters to his home town paper The Bathurst TimesYou can even get a small glimpse of his life after the war with mention of a wedding. These documents are like pieces of a puzzle that together show a picture of a man who went to war and, thankfully, returned home.

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