Countries around the world are preparing to take part and contribute to commemorations. Many institutions have instigated projects to record memories and consolidate resources, particular online.
Have a look at what Heritage and Research at Auckland Libraries "Our boys, their families" has developed to assist you! Feel free to download to your computer.
ANZAC Day is the day that is a national day of remembrance for Australian and New Zealanders who died during armed conflict.
This is the fourth year that Auckland Libraries and the Kintalk blog have issued a Trans-Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge.
Do you have a story to share about an ANZAC?
Stories we'd like to hear about could be about their sacrifice, or the way it shaped or impacted on their family history. Maybe you want to blog from the perspective of those that were left behind?
Your story doesn't have to involve a serviceperson who lost their lives - during times of war, all sorts of loss unfortunately are experienced.
And you can write about those who also served in other wars, as all who served in Australia and New Zealand are recognised as ANZACs.
Maybe you have written about your ANZAC before, and have more research to add to the story?
- Write a blog post about an Australian or New Zealander serviceman or woman's family, and the impact war had on their family history
- Post a comment with the URL to your blog on the comments section of this post.
Or if you don't have a blog then email us your story at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Publish your post by 26 April 2015.
After ANZAC Day, all submissions will be listed in a summary posting on Auckland Libraries' Kintalk blog.
Access great online resources:
Coming Home virtual exhibition
The virtual exhibition consists of "albums" containing photos/images and documents. Virtual albums entitled "Gallipoli", "Lest We Forget", "New Zealand Maori Battalion", "Peace", "Postcards" and "Returned Services Association". Also has a portal for searching content nationwide from organizations such as libraries, archives, museums and galleries, including Auckland Libraries. Courtesy DigitalNZ.
For references to articles and other resources regarding WWI and WWII.
For diaries, letters, postcards and albums
And Papers Past and Trove for newspapers of the time.
Within the library catalogue: Auckland Libraries, search using World War, 1914-1918 or World War, 1939-1945 to find suitable resources.
Searching using WWI or WWII etc will return you wonderful results of holdings throughout the whole of Auckland Libraries, which you can narrow down by location by using the "select location" dropdown menu on the right of screen. For example, available in all four Research Centres:- Central, South (Manukau) and West (Waitakere) and North (Takapuna) are gems such as:
You'll also find Australian resources in the Central Auckland Research Centre; for example:
- Book of remembrance of the University of Sydney in the Great War 1914-1918
- Index to news items and obituaries of WWI servicemen and women in the Tasmanian weekly magazines
For other sites, look at:
- the Auckland War Memorial Museum;
- the Australian War Memorial site and
- the National Archives of Australia or look further by
- using the resources listed on Cora Num’s website.
- National Archives of Australia Facebook page about their Shellshocked Exhibition and some of the personal stories that they have collected might also be of interest.
- 2013 Trans-Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge
- 2012 Trans-Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge and
- 2011 Trans-Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge to get you started!
Have a look at Auckland War Memorial Museum's Armoury Resources page, and search the Cenotaph database.
Hopefully this will inspire you and provide you with some assistance in writing your blog!
The centenary of the First World War - 2014-2018
Its worth considering how else you might want to contribute to commemorating, and ensuring that your stories are collected.