Anzac Centenary projects
As part of the commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac, the National Archives has a new website Discovering Anzacs and the addition of World War I repatriation files to our RecordSearch database.
We have a separate website to highlight the World War I service records in our collection – and much more. On our Discovering Anzacs website you can:
- track down your relative’s official World War I service file
- explore records about life at the time
- post photos and tributes to your own family’s Anzac
- create community profile pages
- explore the Learn page for a school and community toolkit and guide to create your own exhibition.
- 376,000 Australian World War I service records
- 145,000 New Zealand World War I service records
- Boer War records (for those who enlisted after Federation)
- the Chief Censor’s records.
There are also records on:
- munitions workers
- merchant sailors
- internees in Australia
- copyright applications from the time.
For many servicemen and women, the Armistice of 11 November, 1918 didn’t mean the end of suffering. Our 600,000 repatriation files show the reality of life for those who returned home and needed help, often with ongoing physical and mental ailments.
What are repatriation records?
- Repatriation records for World War I servicemen and women originated with the Repatriation Department (later the Department of Veterans’ Affairs).
- They include medical, hospital and pension records from when the person returned home until their death.
How do you find them?
To discover whether your own relative has a repatriation file:
- select the Name Search tab on RecordSearch
- enter the surname
- choose 'Repatriation cases' in the category box
- either display the selected records or refine the search with further information.
Increasing numbers of repatriation records are being digitised. If you would like to purchase a copy of your relative's file, you can order it online. If your search found just one result, click the 'request copy' link on the right hand side of the page. If your search found multiple results, click on the entry for the serviceperson you are interested in, then click on the 'request copy' link on the right hand side of the page.
What if you can’t find a repatriation record?
Not all returning servicemen and women had a repatriation file, only those who sought a pension or benefits.
If you don’t find your relative immediately in RecordSearch, remember to search again in a month or two. We’ll be adding the description of more repatriation records over the year ahead.