Mapping our Anzacs gives you three ways to commemorate the original Anzacs:
- locate a service person
- add to the scrapbook
- build a tribute
Locate a service person
The heart of Mapping our Anzacs is a tool to browse 375,971 records of service in the Australian Army during World War I according to the person’s place of birth or enlistment. This tool gives you a new way of seeing Australia’s involvement in World War I.
There are over 375,000 World War I service records in the National Archives, from a time when the population of Australia was around 5 million. These records tell the stories not only of soldiers, but also of nurses, chaplains and others.
As you browse the maps, you can see how many people came from each part of the world – including over 65,000 born overseas. Some things are visible at a glance, such as the concentration of the Australian population along the east coast. Others encourage further exploration and discovery. Why did hundreds of soldiers enlist in Egypt? How did people born in Germany come to serve in the Australian armed forces?