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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.


New content – Everyday life in wartime NSW: holidays, commemorations and celebrations

A selection of records have been added to our Everyday Life in Wartime NSW section. The topic of holidays, commemorations and celebrations includes examples relating to Christmas, Empire Day, Anzac Day, and other events and celebrations, many of which have not been viewable on our website previously.


New content – military exemption courts

Several new pages have been added to the site on the topic of military exemption, including some rare certificates of exemption. The establishment of the Military Exemption Court occurred in the lead up to the plebiscite on conscription in October 1916. New South Welshmen could apply for an exemption for military service under several different classes, including being medically unfit, having employment in the State or Commonwealth Governments, and being a conscientious objector. Find out more in the following pages:


New content – patriotic fundraising; Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area booklets

Several new webpages have recently been added to the site.

These include an introduction to patriotic fundraising, and an overview of the involvement of school children in these
efforts, which are the first pages to cover this topic (with more to come).

Additionally, three (c.1915) printed booklets relating to the development and settlement of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA), can be viewed in full via the Wartime Posters & Publications page.


New content – History Week 2015

As part of the 2015 occurrence of the History Council of NSW’s annual collaborative event, History Week, which runs from 5 – 13 September 2015, NSW State Archives produced a series of web pages for the NSW Anzac Centenary website. They relate to this year’s theme, War, Nationalism and Identity, and include:


Updated – NSW Government employees granted military leave, 1914-1918

The 1st Railway Imperial Expeditionary Force

The online index, NSW Government Employees Granted Military Leave, 1914-1918, was recently updated to include 602 new names (including 341 names from two newly-added agencies), as well as additional information for 716 names from agencies previously listed. There are currently approximately 10,000 individual names included in the list. Including multiple entries there is a total of 13,735 entries taken from a variety of records and resources.

Search the index for over 10,000 WWI-period NSW Government employees.

Exhibition: Public Service/War Service extended & expanded! (PAST EVENT)

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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.

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

Related: Stories from the Public Service / War Service exhibition (VIDEO)


Talk: Patriotic fund raising during WWI (PAST EVENT)

Tuesday 20 October 2015 John Cann will be presenting this talk as part of the Australian History seminars course offered to the Sydney University of the Third Age at Hornsby Library. 

When Where Contact
20/10/2015 from 10:15am to 12:00pm Hornsby Library, 28-44 George St (Entrance in Hunter Lane) Hornsby Lesley Golberg

Talk: History Week Event – Treasures from the Great War (PAST EVENT)

Monday 7 September 2015 – Come along to hear about the NSW Government’s role during the Great War and records giving an insight into life in NSW during the war years. Hear about the military horse census and records relating to Gallipoli and Anzac Day, the contributions made by Government employees who went to war, including those who didn’t return, those who survived and what happened to them afterwards. Follow this with a guided tour of the Public Service/War Service exhibition.

When Where Contact
7/9/2015 from 10am to 12:00pm State Archives NSW 143 O’Connell Street Kingswood info@records.nsw.gov.au
(02) 9673 1788

Exhibition: Public Service/War Service

G_Windsor_thumbOur current exhibition honours the 11,000 NSW government employees who volunteered for military service overseas during World War I, and those who fulfilled essential services at home. The exhibition tells stories of public service and war service, pieced together through research in the State archives.

On display at the Western Sydney Records Centre  until 2 April 2016.


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