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 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 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.
The portal WW100 New Zealand has been launched by the New Zealand government for the centenary of the First World War. The portal provides general information about events and activities concerning the commemorations in 2014. There are also sections focusing on the history of New Zealand and its soldiers between 1914 and 1918: there is a timeline, a section on daily life 100 years ago presenting day-to-day news in the form of tweets. There is a very detailed section with links to websites and sources, including a vast bibliography (PDF), with in particular attention for the Gallipoli campaign.
WW100 New Zealand
The section with webpages on New Zealand and the First Word War is a part of the history portal New Zealand History Online. At this portal you can find web pages concerning many aspects of New Zealand’s involvement during the First World War and its role for the history of this country. There is a section focusing on soldiers and a very detailed overview of wartime laws and regulations. There is a selective bibliography with also important web links, and a more detailed bibliography (PDF), the same as on the centenary portal WW100 New Zealand.
New Zealand and the First Word War