Friday, 26th Jun 2015

Launched on March 29 2015, #AnzacLive is an innovative and often confronting experience. People today can 'talk' in real time with those who served in the war via Facebook, and follow their experiences taken directly from diary entries as they occur.

It is the centerpiece of News Corp Australia’s World War I commemorative campaign. State Library staff have contributed their knowledge and expertise to the #AnzacLive project, and four of the nine diarists featured are from the Libray's collections: Archie BarwickEllis SilasHector Brewer and Charles Laserson. The full diaries and transcripts are available via the Library's catalogue.


Military parade, Macquarie Street, Sydney
A birthday treat(y) signals a short-lived period of world peace

Being an ardent pacifist I was delighted to discover that the Treaty of Versailles was signed on 28 June – my birthday!  An examination of the souvenir programme, Victory Celebrations (Signing of Peace), revealed a route  that was to pass in front of the original Mitchell Library.  Further searching of the Library’s collections revealed this magnificent photo of the event.

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