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.


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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