The digital collection John Robertson Hawke: World War I letters and artifacts has been created by the University of Wollongong. John Robertson Hawke (1890-1965) was a Scottish immigrant. He worked as a warehouseman before joining in 1915 the Australian Army. He fought in Egypt, France and Belgium (Ypres). He performed in particular communication tasks as a signaller. The collection contains two postcards and 200 letters, mainly written to his parents and family, a pay book and a field medical card. There is a collection guide (collection D55; PDF).
In a second collection you will find letters, postcards, documents and objects from and about another Australian soldier, William George Abate who was killed in action in 1917.
John Robertson Hawke: World War I letters and artifacts
The digital portal Discovering Anzacs is the fruit of cooperation between the National Archives of Australia and the Archives of New Zealand. The portal brings together government archival records concerning the participation of soldiers from Australia and New Zealand during the First World War, in particular at Gallipoli, and also in the Boer War in South Africa. You can browse records, read group stories, follow the timelines or look for particular locations using an interactive map. The image gallery contains photographs stemming from a crowdsourcing action. With the advanced search mode you can tune your search questions. Under Learn you will find educational resources.
At the Anzac Portal you can find more links to websites and portals about the Anzacs.
The digital collection Our/Your War Stories has been created by the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney. This digital collection has as its focus diaries and letters written during the First World War by men and women serving with the Australian forces. On this website you can read transcriptions of diaries and letters, or listen to recorded extracts of them. You can also choose from preset themes – e.g. animals, daily life, prisoners of war, children, love and friendship – to look for a particular subject. Only half of the diaries and letters brought together has been transcribed, the general public is asked to help transcribing them in a crowdsourcing project. There are sections for teachers, a reading list and an overview of links to websites with related projects.
Our/Your War Stories
The digital project Measuring the ANZACs is the fruit of cooperation between Archives New Zealand, the Auckland War Memorial Museum and Zooniverse. In this crowdsourcing project the help of the general public is invoked to transcribe and index (“Mark”) personnel files for the New Zealand soldiers serving during the First World War and the Second Boer War. The project focuses on three record series: attestation papers, history sheets and death notifications. The objective is to gain insight into both the personal history of those serving during the Great War and in their health during this period and afterwards. There is a field guide helping you with some aspects of the records in order to create correct transcriptions and indexes. Some of the personnel files have been digitized. The project blog gives you examples of the achievements.
Archives New Zealand has a general page on the First World War which opens with a free text search field for the First World War personnel files and leads you quickly to the main relevant digital resources.
Measuring the ANZACs
The digital collection Stereoscopic Views, World War I has been created by the Monash University. This collection with some 260 images consists of four subcollections held at Monash University Library Rare Book Collections. You can browse all items by leaving the search field empty, or search for authors, titles and dates. You can view and download the original images. There are no animated versions of them online.
The photographs were published by the Keystone View Company. The descriptions of the images contain the original accompanying texts on the back of the photographs; the backs have been digitized, too. Technical data are provided, but often there is no clear indication of the creator, place and date. Twenty images show the Australian Expeditionary Force. Some images were made after the First World War. Many images depict scenes in France and Belgium, but some photographs were taken elsewhere in Europe or in the United States.
At Great War in 3D you can find information about this series and other Keystone series showing the First World War. Monash University presents also 90 digitized stereoscopic photographs in colour from the Russo-Japanese war.
Stereoscopic Views, World War I
The virtual exhibition The enemy at home: German internees in WW1 Australia has been created by the New South Wales Migration Heritage Center. The exhibition shows photographs taken by the German photographer Paul Dubotzki (1891-1962) who was interned between 1915 and 1919. His work from this period, some 1,200 images, was only detected in Germany in 2007. The German internees were either captured by the Australian forces in Asia or they were Australians from German descent. A selection of images is shown in a gallery. The exhibition provides information on the Australian home front, about daily life in the camps and the aftermath of the First World War. There are also educational resources and a small links selection. The website can only be viewed in English.
The enemy at home: German internees in WW1 Australia
The digital collection Australian Screen: First World War is a selection at Australian Screen, the online portal of Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra. In this collection with nearly sixty items you will find newsreels from the Australasian Gazette collection, movies created during the First World War, and movies and TV series created afterwards concerning the First World War. The films have been made in various countries, mainly France, Egypt and Turkey. The Australasian Gazette items from the period 1914-1918 feature mainly cartoons.
At Australia Screen movies from the First World War are also presented in the collection Australian War Memorial Western Front and Gallipoli on Film, both of them with introductory essays by Paul Byrnes. The footage of the 1915 films about Gallipoli dominates the image of the Australian forces and Gallipoli, but these movies were not made at the Dardanelles front.
Australian Screen: First World War
The website of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has been developed to provide an online database for soldiers from all countries belonging either to the former British Empire or to the British Commonwealth who were killed during action in 153 countries around the world, and to search for particular cemeteries. You can find information about 1,700,000 people and some 23,000 cemeteries. The website has a section with articles about some of the battlegrounds of the First World War. The CWGC was founded in 1917. There is a page with information about similar organisations in several countries and their websites.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The digital portal 2014-2018 – 100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg: Gegen das Vergessen (100 years First World War: Against Forgetting) has been created by the German Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V., the German War Graves Association. This association takes care of war cemeteries and aims at keeping the memory alive of those who died during the world wars. A major feature is the commemoration of German soldiers killed in action on a particular day during the First World War. The main link of the portal is to the Gräbersuche, a database for searching tombs. The portal provides information about projects in Europe, Australia and New Zealand for the centenary of the First World War. You can find here information about educational projects, special events, exhibitions and centenary websites. The portal can be viewed in German, English and French.
2014-2018 – 100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg: Gegen das Vergessen
The website Gallipoli has been created by Julien Snelders. He treats many aspects of the expedition to the Dardanelles in 1915. Among the interesting features are a Gallipollian-English dictionary and a Turkish-English list of place names. The website contains also a list with further relevant websites, links to digitized books about Gallipoli, and a useful list of digitized diaries of people involved with the Gallipoli expedition.