Bringing historic documents from the Australian War Memorial's archive to all Australians
Anzac connections is the Memorial’s major digitisation and web development project, which aims to make historic documents from the Memorial’s archive available online to all Australians. This ongoing project will deliver new digitised collections to the website, improve search and discovery on the site, and provide ways for people to interact with the collection, including the ability to comment, subject tag, and transcribe the collections.
The project has been established to mark the 2015 centenary of the landing on Gallipoli. Anzac Connections launched its first 100 personal letters and diaries in December 2013 and will progressively release more newly digitised collections, data, and web developments during 2014–15.
Visitors to the site will be able to read about soldiers’ experiences in their own words; letters written home in neat copperplate, or scribbled messages jotted down before battle. The Memorial’s digital archive now includes letters, private diaries, commanders’ unit diaries, official histories, memoirs, and postcards from soldiers to officers, nurses, journalists, and observers. These pages form a comprehensive written record of what Australians experienced during the First World War and are freely available to all online.