Images of World War I Australian servicemen

Discovering Anzacs website
Discovering Anzacs – The National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand commemorates the Centenary of Anzac.

We are delighted that the National Archives is now able to share 500 digital images of Australian World War I servicemen which we recently received from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA).

These images were identified by DVA staff member Courtney Page-Allen, a recipient of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship. To find them, she spent 18 months searching through the 16,000 World War I images held in the Bonds of Sacrifice collection of the Imperial War Museum, London.

The digital images provided to the National Archives include photographs taken in London studios while servicemen were on leave and occasional newspaper clippings.

We are currently in the process of adding these portraits to our Mapping Our Anzacs website. You can search for an image and related service record in three easy steps:

  1. Visit Mapping our Anzacs website*
  2. Click 'other search options' on the right hand side
  3. Type in family name in the field and click 'Go'.

Alternatively, a portion of images are available on our Flickr page.

If the 500 portraits do not include one of a particular individual, you may wish to contact the Australian War Memorial which also holds many photographs of servicemen.

You can also browse the names of servicemen (word, 40kb) whose portraits we have received.

We are happy for you to download and print the portraits for personal use. If they are for commercial use, please contact our media office on (02) 6212 3957.

* As part of the Centenary of Anzac commemorations, the National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand are working together to build a new website, Discovering Anzacs. This website will have a unique profile of Anzacs who enlisted in World War I, linked to their service record. Like Mapping our Anzacs, users will be able to browser records by location maps and explore events via an interactive timeline. Visitors to the website will easily be able to contribute images, stories and link connected records. This new website will replace Mapping our Anzacs and be available in 2014. A preview site is available now.

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