Research and family history


Here is a list of websites to assist you in tracing a veteran's war service and ultimate fate as well as information about various war campaigns.

Caring for Our War Memorials

See our own 'Caring for Our War Memorials' page for information on local War Memorial preservation and maintenance.

This information pack has been compiled by NSW Public Works to provide guidance to tradespeople and those looking after War Memorials in understanding how to act appropriately to safeguard their significance.


Australian War Memorial (Canberra)

  • Roll of Honour - Details of over 102,849 of Australia's war dead.

  • Commemorative Roll -Details of some 3,051 commemorated Australians.

  • First World War Nominal Roll - Details of approximately 324,000 members of the 1st AIF

  • Boer War Nominal Roll - Details of over 17,000 service people in the Boer War

  • Honours and Awards (Gazetted) - Approx. 47,000 military honours and awards made to Australians

  • Photographic Database - (200,000 photographs)

National Archives of Australia

Highly recommended for World War I, World War II and other service personnel

For World War I, the National Archives has service records for the:

  • First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF)

  • Australian Flying Corps

  • Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force

  • Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train

  • Australian Army Nursing Service

  • Depot or home records

Commonwealth Department of Veteran Affairs

Commonwealth Department of Veteran Affairs Commemoration

An excellent source for information on commemorative traditions, relevant news items, and links to other important database sites.

Visit Gallipoli and Anzacs - Australian Commonwealth Department of Veteran Affairs

Provides detailed information on the new Anzac commemorative location recently constructed at Gallipoli in conjunction with the New Zealand government, and with the approval of the Turkish government.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Records for the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the World Wars.

Office of Australian War Graves

Responsible for the administration and maintenance of the graves throughout the world for those Australians who have died during war.

World War 2 Nominal Roll

This site contains information from the service records of some one million individuals who served during World War Two. You may search for service record details by specifying name, service number, honours, place (of birth, of enlistment, or residential locality at enlistment). Once you find an individual service record you can, if you wish, print a certificate of service.

Korean War Nominal Roll

This site contains information about the Australian men and women who served in the armed forces in Korea, or in the waters adjacent to Korea, during the conflict and after the ceasefire between 27 June 1950 and 19 April 1956.

Vietnam War Nominal Roll

This site contains information about the Australian men and women who served in the armed forces in Vietnam during the conflict between 23 May 1962 and 29 April 1975. This site also lists the more than 1600 Australian civilians who were awarded or were eligible to receive the Vietnam Logistics and Support Medal.

Preliminary Gulf War Nominal Roll

This site lists all Australian Defence Force personnel involved in the hostilities and associated operations in the Persian Gulf from August 1990 to September 1991.

2/30 Battalion AIF Association

A web site dedicated to 2/30 Battalion AIF, maintained by Graham Wilson.

War Memorials in Australia

This site was created by Michael Southwell-Keely who died in 2006.  The site continues as a memorial to him and in thanks to all those who contributed information, photos and provided encouragement and support for the site.

It contains locations, descriptions and images of war memorials in the states and territories of Australia.

Memorials include monuments, honour rolls, buildings and a variety of utilitarian facilities all erected in honour and remembrance of those who served their country in war.

Royal Australian Historical Society

The RAHS is an important source for researching and recording Australian history.

Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway is a unique tribute to the bravery of Australian troops who fought through atrocious conditions and against vastly superior enemy numbers in the Papua-New Guinea campaign of July 1942-January 1943.

Monument Australia

A historical and educational research site which contains information on the public monuments and memorials in all Australian States and Territories. The objective of this website is to document the monuments and memorials within Australia which have been erected by public desire to commemorate people or events.

Mapping Our ANZACS

A website which allows you to locate an ANZAC service person, add to the 'scrapbook', and build a tribute.

The Harrower Collection

A reminder of the sacrifice and commitment of Australian men, who served their country.

The Harrower Collection, by David Harrower, consists of Medals, Memorial Plaques, Awards, Badges and Australian Military and Family Historical information to the men of the 33rd 34th 35th and the 36th Battalion's during World War 1 (9th Infantry Brigade)

A Family and Military research site, this database has been on line for nearly 5 years and has generated over 100k hits. David assists any family member research their First World War ancestors and hopes to continue for many years to come.

Australia WW1 Honour Rolls

This site displays World War One / WW1 / First World War honour rolls for local towns and cities of Australia, and other relevant events or persons, compiled by Charles Davis. 

Queensland War Memorial Register

New South Wales

NSW Government

ANZAC Memorial Hyde Park Sydney

The ANZAC Memorial Building in Hyde Park South is the principal State War Memorial in New South Wales to all Australians who served their country in war.

The building completed in 1934, is a concrete structure, clad in stone, designed by Charles Bruce Dellit, with sculptures by Rayner Hoff. The Memorial is administered by a board of Trustees appointed under the Anzac Memorial (Building) Act, 1923, as amended.

The Returned and Services League of Australia New South Wales Branch (RSL NSW)

State Library of New South Wales

A wealth of information with professional librarians to assist in researching the memorials and recorded veteran names.
Find your NSW public library

NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Access this site to identify key naming information and family relationships.

State Records New South Wales

Photographs of Public Buildings and War Memorials in New South Wales. CGS 4346
Includes photographs of sketch plans of war memorials and associated structures in New South Wales, c. 1920-24.
Photographs of Veterans.

State Archives Online Guides and finding aids

Online versions of information leaflets, subject guides and other useful finding aids to help you research the State archives

NSW Heritage Office

The Office is involved in the management of heritage across the State, and is developing a number of important registers to record heritage items.

Hawkesbury on the Net "Monuments Register"

An ongoing project to transcribe, photograph and map the memorials and monuments within the Hawkesbury Region of New South Wales.

Doing Our Bit, Mosman 1914 - 1918

Includes a section on the war memorials of the Mosman area, as well as veteran information and stories. 


UK National Inventory of War Memorials

Visit this site for information on a similar War Memorials records project that aims to include some 54,000 memorials located in various localities throughout the United Kingdom.

The Anglo-Boer War Memorials Project

The Anglo-Boer War Memorials Project is dedicated to the recording of memorials to the Anglo-Boer War across the world.

Nominal Roll Australians in North Russia 1919

This site centralizes digitized information relevant to First World War Australian A.I.F. personnel who served in Russia 1919.

Johnnies and Mehmets - a Gallipoli Honour Roll

Johnnies and Mehmets is an online memorial, a decorated honour roll commemorating the service and sacrifice of fourteen soldiers, Anzacs and Turks, who fought in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.

The Johnnies and Mehmets website was created through a curatorial led research project which took focus and story from both the Sydney based Turkish descendents of soldiers who fought in the Dardenelles and the Anglo Celtic descendants of Granville soldiers.

The website includes an animated honour roll decorated by Sydney based Turkish artist Gulay Pelin; stories and photos contributed by the descendants of the soldiers and a special contribution by Australia’s foremost Gallipoli scholar Harvey Broadbent, former Director of The Gallipoli Centenary Research Project, a partnership between Australia’s Macquarie University, Australian War Memorial, Australian Research Council, Turkey’s Middle East Technical University and Turkish Military Archives.


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