Family history

The following resources and databases are available to all clients within the Library and remotely to NSW residents with a current library card. These databases are available to registered clients for personal use. Read our summary of access conditions.

These two databases cover WWI specifically:

The First World War: Personal Experiences

Women, War, and Society, 1914-1918

The following newspaper archives will also cover the First World War: 

Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2006

Chicago Tribune (1849-1990)

Chinese Newspapers Collection (1832-1953)

The Christian Science Monitor (1908-2000)

The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)

The Irish Times (1859-2012) and The Weekly Irish Times (1876-1958)

Los Angeles Times (1881-1990)

The New York Times (1851-2010)

The Scotsman (1817-1950)

The Sunday Times Digital Archive 1822 - 2006

The Times Digital Archive 1785-2007

The Times of India (1838-2005)

The Wall Street Journal (1889-1996)

The Washington Post (1877-1997)

Researching your family history? Begin your search on our family and local history pages with our research guides, follow the Library’s family history blog or use your Library card to access eresources.

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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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