Blog post from Wednesday, 2 July, 2014

This plan for embarkation of troops, Woolloomooloo Bay drawn up in 1914 provides an insight into the logistics of moving large numbers of volunteer troops onto the carriers that would take them from Sydney to the war.

It shows the outlines of buildings on wharves, position of ships and troops, horses and police as well as the names of embarking officers and dates of embarkation and the route of each unit.

The State Library holds hundreds of maps created for the war effort as well as many documents related to the war including hundreds of photos of those that served in the war. Come and see the State Library’s new exhibition: Portraits of war: the Crown Studios Project on until September 21.

Alternatively, If you can’t make it to our galleries, you can see these extraordinary and poignant images on our flickr set.