Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action involving Australian and New Zealand forces in World War I. It is also the day we remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping missions.
The centenary of World War 1 has enabled the Library to prioritise and fast-track the large scale digitisation of material relating to WWI including its leading collection of WWI diaries completely digitised, transcribed and accessible online.
The collection of over 1000 diaries and letter books can be accessed via the Library’s commemorative website: “World War I” http://ww1.sl.nsw.gov.au/ . You can select from the alphabetical “List of diarists” to find a biographical entry for the soldier that includes a summary of their war service with links to the digitised diary and transcript.
The World War I website also serves as a portal to the Library’s digitised WWI collections which through the Digital Excellence Program (DEP) include maps, photographs, artworks, posters and ephemera.