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Q: What is a war memorial?
A war memorial is an officially recognised or designated place, object, landscape element, monument, or structure, primarily designed and constructed to remember and commemorate those who have served in the Australian armed services.
Usually, an object or construction can be considered a war memorial when:
Q: What is a memorial form or type?
War memorials can take many shapes, ranging from simple plaques to more elaborate monuments or objects. Some common forms of war memorials include:
See our glossary of terms for a complete list.
Q: What conflicts does the Register cover?
The Register includes memorials to conflicts in which Australia has been involved. We follow the advice of the Australian War Memorial and include the below conflict periods:
Q: What is a custodian and how can I find the custodian of a particular memorial?
Custodians own, maintain, or take responsibility for the management of a memorial. They are often local councils, RSL sub-Branches, committees, or property owners.
To identify the custodian of a memorial, we recommend you start by contacting the above groups associated with the memorial you are interested in.
Please note, the Register does not hold a list of up-to-date custodians, and we are not the custodian of any of the memorials listed on this website.
Q: Where can I find out more about the Register?
Information about the Register including its purpose, history and editorial policy is available on the About the Register page.
Q: Can I book a venue via the Register or make an enquiry about one of the venues listed on the Register?
No. You cannot enquire about or book a function at any of the listed venues through the Register. The Register is a database, and does not own, maintain, or hold any responsibility for the operations of any of the venues listed.
Please contact the owner or custodian of the relevant venue directly, for enquiries such as function bookings, opening hours, exhibitions, or access. Custodians are often local councils, RSL sub-Branches, committees, or property owners.
Q: Does the Register accept donations of physical items, such as medals?
No. The Register is a database, and does not maintain a physical collection of objects, materials, or memorabilia. You could consider contacting the below organisations about donating military related items. Please note, their individual collection policies will apply:
Q: Can the Register help me physically add a name to a war memorial?
No. The Register is a database of war memorials, and does not own or maintain any of the memorials listed on this website.
We recommend you contact the custodian of the memorial directly to discuss your request. Custodians are often local councils, RSL sub-Branches, committees, or property owners. Also see the 'Caring for and maintaining memorials' section below.
If you are successful in adding a name to a memorial, you can then email the Register to request the name be added to the veterans table on the memorial’s record on the Register.
Q: How can I contact the Register?
See our Contact Us page for our email address and phone number.
Q: How do I search for a memorial on the Register?
There are two ways to search for a memorial on the Register:
By suburb or postcode
Use the ‘Find a memorial’ search box on our homepage. Scroll down to the map section and enter the suburb or postcode in the search box. As you type, a list of matches will appear. Select the best match and click search. A map and a list of memorials within or near that suburb will display. Either click on the red pin to see the name of the memorial or refer to the list below the map.
Use the ‘Search for’ box on our homepage. Scroll down to directly above the map section. Enter the name of the memorial in the search box, tick the ‘Memorial’ checkbox and click search. A list of results will display on a new page.
Please note, war memorials can be known by multiple names. If you are unable to find the memorial on the Register using a name, try searching by suburb or postcode as described above.
If you are still unsuccessful, please consider adding the memorial to the Register. See the ‘Contributing a new memorial or veteran to the Register’ section below.
Q: How can I search for a veteran on the Register?
The Register includes pages for veterans who are recorded on a NSW war memorial. Use the ‘Search for’ box on our homepage to look for them. Scroll down to directly above the map section. Enter the name of the veteran in the search box, tick the ‘Veterans’ checkbox and click search. A list of results will display on a new page.
Please note, the Register contains more than 200,000 veteran records, the majority of which are incomplete or contain limited information. It may be difficult to quickly and accurately identify the veteran you are looking for.
If you know where in NSW the veteran has been commemorated, try searching for a memorial instead. See the above question ‘How do I search for a memorial on the Register?’
You may be able to find more information about the veteran, such as alternate spellings of their name, via their service records. More information may increase your success searching the Register. We recommend using the resources listed on our Researching war memorials and veterans page.
Q: I have found a memorial that is not listed on the Register. How can I register it?
Once you are logged in, click 'Contribute to the Register' at the top of the screen, then click Add or update a memorial.
Follow the steps in the online submission form to submit the required information about the memorial. See the below questions ‘What information do I need to have to submit a new memorial to the Register?’ and ‘How do I use the online submission form?’ for helpful information and tips.
Q: Why do I need to create an online account?
Q: What information do I need to have to submit a new memorial to the Register?
The minimum information required for a submission is:
All mandatory questions in the online submission form are marked with a red asterisk. If you are unsure how to answer some of the optional questions about the memorial, please leave the field blank, or conduct further research.
There are helpful tips next to most questions in the form, which provide guidance on where to find historical information about the memorial online. You can view these tips by placing your cursor over the blue question mark symbols. We also recommend using the resources on our Researching war memorials and veterans page.
Submissions that include sufficient information in the first instance are likely to be assessed faster. We will contact you by email for clarification on your submission, or for further information if required.
Submissions that do not meet the above requirements may not be processed.
Q: How do I use the online submission form?
Step-by-step instructions are available on our How can I contribute? page. We also have a helpful video, which walks you through completing each section of the memorial submission form. If you need more help along the way, please contact us.
Q: How do I add a name to the veterans table on an existing memorial record on the Register?
Download a copy of our veterans spreadsheet. Follow the instructions within the sheet and press 'Enable editing' and ‘Enable content’ when prompted. Refer to the example provided in the third row as a guide and fill in as much information as possible about your veteran in the fourth row. The minimum details required are first name, or first initial, and last name, as they appear on the memorial. Email us a copy of the spreadsheet and clearly state which memorial it belongs with in the subject line of the email.
Please note, the Register commemorates Australian service personnel only.
Q: I have noticed a memorial record is out-of-date. How can I update this record on the Register?
You can submit updates for existing memorial records to the Register via email. Please follow the guidelines below when preparing your submission:
Please note, new memorial submissions are nor accepted via email. See the 'Contributing a new memorial or veteran to the Register' section above for this submission process.
Q: How can I update information on a veteran’s page on the Register?
Once you are logged in, find the veteran using our search function. See the above question 'How can I search for a veteran on the Register?'
Once on the veteran's page, click 'Update this veteran' on the right-hand side. Follow the steps in the online submission form to submit the information.
Do you have any photographs of the veteran, or copies of their service documents? See the below question 'I have a photograph, or a service document related to a veteran who is listed on the Register, can I send it to you?'
Q: I have noticed a memorial record is missing its veterans table or inscriptions. How can I add these details to the record?
To add a transcription of the inscriptions on a memorial, please follow the steps outlined in the above question 'I have noticed a memorial record is out-of-date. How can I update this record on the Register?'
To add a veterans table to an existing memorial record, you will need an accurate transcription of all veterans listed on the memorial. Once you have this list, download a copy of our veterans spreadsheet. Follow the instructions within the sheet and press 'Enable editing' and ‘Enable content’ when prompted. Refer to the example provided in the third row as a guide and fill in as much information as possible about the veterans, starting from the fourth row. The minimum details required are first name, or first initial, and last name, as they appear on the memorial. Email us a copy of the spreadsheet and clearly state which memorial it belongs with in the subject line of the email.
Please note, the Register commemorates Australian service personnel only.
Q: I have a photograph, or a service document related to a veteran who is listed on the Register, can I send it to you?
The Register accepts high-quality, digital images/files only, not printed photographs or hardcopy documents.
Digital images/files commonly submitted include:
See the ‘Photography’ section below for important information and the above question ‘How can I add information to a veteran’s page?’
Q: How do I photograph a memorial?
You must have at least one high-quality, clear photograph of the memorial in its entirety to submit a new or updated memorial to the Register. We strongly encourage you to read our comprehensive How to photograph a war memorial page for helpful information and tips, before you begin documenting the memorial.
Q: What image file types do you accept and what is the maximum file size?
Q: How will my images be used?
Any images submitted to the Register are subject to review under our Editorial Policy and reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution. We reserve the right to exclude or edit any photo submitted, without notice.
Q: Are there programs or grants available for communities or organisations to assist in caring for and maintaining war memorials?
Yes. The NSW Office for Veterans Affairs (OVA) delivers the Community War Memorials Fund, which awards grants of up to $10,000 to help conserve, repair and protect war memorials in New South Wales. War memorials must be recorded on the Register to be eligible for funding. Find out more about the fund at the NSW OVA’s website.
Funding to care for memorials may also be available through the relevant local council or the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
Q: How can I physically add a name to an existing war memorial?
A memorial is a piece of local history and they are often extremely culturally valuable. Changes to war memorials, particularly historic war memorials, should be approached with caution. They should be sensitive to the war memorial’s original fabric and intention. It may or may not be appropriate to physically add a name to a war memorial. You should consult key stakeholders such as the owner or custodian of the memorial, the local council and the RSL sub-Branch for advice before planning any work to a war memorial.
For more information, please refer to the Caring for our war memorials guide. You can also read about adding names and plaques to existing war memorials in the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs Fact Sheet. If you would like to discuss further, please contact the NSW OVA on (02) 8061 9288.
Veterans’ families can apply for official commemoration, in the form of a memorial plaque, from the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Find out more at the DVA’s website.