New South Wales Anzac Centenary

Records of NSW and World War I

Australian Red Cross

A necessary and essential duty

The first Anzac Day, 1916

Commemorated for one hundred years

Enemy Aliens in NSW

The treatment of people of enemy-origin

Centenary of the first Anzac Day

Fig 8: Anzac Day 1916 Commemoration Service program

Anzac Day 2016 is the centenary of this commemorative event, now so entrenched in Australian culture. To mark this important milestone we have contributed a page on the first Anzac Day, 25 April 1916.

Included in the State archives is a copy of the commemorative service held in the Domain (pictured left), Sydney, which was attended by more than 50,000 people and 4,000 returned soldiers from the Gallipoli campaign. Read more about the event.


New content – Red Cross

Australian Red Cross Society NSW Division logo. From NRS 12060 [9/4697]letter 15/956.

Within two weeks of the outbreak of World War I the Australian Red Cross Society became established in cities and country towns across Australia.

There are references to the Red Cross and fundraising activities in the State Records collection, particularly for the New South Wales Division of the society.

Read more about Red Cross records in the archives.


Public Service / War Service: extended & expanded

G_Windsor_thumbOur exhibition Public Service / War Service, currently on display at the Western Sydney Records Centre, has been extended until 30 September 2016. Drawing from the State archives, the exhibition honours 11,000 NSW government employees who volunteered for military service overseas during World War I, and those who fulfilled essential services at home. New exhibition-related content that furthers the links between public service and war service will be published on the NSW Anzac Centenary website in the coming months.

Following Public Service / War Service, a new exhibition will be launched. With a focus on the State’s photographic archive, the exhibition will extend the key themes of the New South Wales Centenary of World War I and Anzac commemorative program.


New content – Enemy Aliens in NSW

This introductory page touches on attitudes of governments and the general public towards people living in New South Wales during World War I who were of German and Austrian heritage, amidst growing anti-German attitudes of wartime Australia.


New content – Battle of Verdun telegrams

This selection of records include telegrams (cablegrams) sent to Premier Holman at his request, to keep him updated on the progress of the battle, despite Australian troops not being involved.


New content – Liverpool riot 1916; The role of women in patriotic fundraising

Two new pages of note include one exploring records relating to the soldier riots in Liverpool and Sydney on 14 February 1916, and another which looks at the role women played in patriotic fundraising activities in NSW.

 


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Exhibition: Public Service/War Service extended & expanded!

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Our exhibition Public Service / War Service, currently on display at the Western Sydney Records Centre, has been extended until 30 September 2016. Drawing from the State archives, the exhibition honours 11,000 NSW government employees who volunteered for military service overseas during World War I, and those who fulfilled essential services at home. New exhibition-related content that furthers the links between public service and war service will be published on the NSW Anzac Centenary website in the coming months.

Following Public Service / War Service, a new exhibition will be launched. With a focus on the State’s photographic archive, the exhibition will extend the key themes of the New South Wales Centenary of World War I and Anzac commemorative program.

Related: Search an index of over 10,000 names of NSW Government employees who were granted military leave, or enlisted as nurses, military or navy personnel during World War I, 1914-18


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About this site

About this siteThis website highlights records in our collection relating to World War I based on the themes of: service, remembrance, and the home front.

Read overviews of records associated with war-related topics, use our research guide, and search indexes to learn more about the people of New South Wales and the government that served them during the war.


Our Research Guide

Our Research GuideDeveloped as part of the NSW Government’s Commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac program, our research guide helps identify research pathways for tracing the stories of NSW soldiers and nurses, as well as highlighting a number of resources that provide background information to life on the home front during World War I. Browse stories and records relating to the war, military service, and life on the home front in NSW during World War I.