Royal Military College (RMC) Duntroon
| Officer Training Unit (OTU), Scheyville 1965 - 1973
A must to help us understand the "conditioning" we need to do our job - and the "unconditioning" that we need to help us live our lives.
The Duntroon Society
Royal Australian Engineers
Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Australian Army Training Team
MacArthur Museum, Brisbane (newly opened)
The "adventurous" Charlie
Point Nepean National Park
Defence Force Welfare Association
(Extremely important for our widows and families)
Online study of the composition of generals and admirals in the Armed Forces of the Philippines .
Armed Services Assistance Centre Inc
INTERESTING and USEFUL LINKS
National Archives of Australia hold the service records of Australians who served in WW I and II. Digitised copies of WW I records are online (free). Other records can be located using RecordSearch-NameSearch. Many have been digitsed and are online. If a record is not online copies (hard or digital) can be requested for a fee. Online Fact Sheets detail service records held.
Australian War Memorial This extensive site is a must for family history research. The wealth of online material includes biographical databases (detailed by conflict below); collection databases (art, photos, film, sound, heraldry, military technology, private and official records, books, journals, maps, sheet music, war diaries); digitised records plus research information.
Australian War Memorial. The Roll of Honour replicates the names of Australia's war dead on the bronze panels at the War Memorial, Canberra. The database links to the panel location, any photographs and to digital images of the Roll of Honour Circulars (WWI, WWII, Korea). The circulars were forms sent to next of kin seeking personal details of the deceased.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The online Debt of Honour Register lists the details and place of burial of 1.7 million Commonwealth forces members who died in two world wars. There are also details of 67,000 civilian casualties of World War Two.
Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll records the names of those Australians who died during or as a result of wars in which Australians served, but who were not serving in the Australian Armed Forces and therefore not eligible for inclusion on the Roll of Honour. It includes those Australians who died while members of Allied Forces, the Merchant Navy, philanthropic organisations attached to the forces, or as war correspondents or photographers.
Australian War Memorial Remembrance Book commemorates members of the Australian Defence Force who died on operations after 30 June 1947 designated as non-warlike service. Includes hazardous service, peacekeeping service and humanitarian peacetime service.
Australian War Memorial. Honours and Awards. details of Honours and Awards made or recommended to Australians while on active service. It does not contain information on campaign or service medals.
Australian War Memorial. Profiles of Australian Military Units. This site offers profiles of many of the navy, army and air force units that served Australia in times of conflict. Each profile includes a short history of the unit, details of its casualties, decorations, battle honours and commanding officers.War Memorials in Australia by Michael Southwell-Keely. This site lists the locations, descriptions and images of war memorials in Australia and includes monuments, honour rolls, buildings and a variety of utilitarian facilities. Searches are available by family name, keyword or memorial location. Photographs are included if available.
South Australians at War. This site is a portal to some of the remarkable stories of the sacrifices and contributions South Australians have made to international conflicts.Australian Light Horse Association. Information on existing military units, re-enactment troops, museums plus information on regiments and battles. Includes personal histories and military stories.
Regiments.org by T F Mills. A website devoted to the land forces of Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth. This massive gateway and information site is a must to visit
Digger History. An unofficial history of the Australian & New Zealand Armed Services by Ted Harris. This site contains an amazing amount of information. Topics covered include uniforms, medals, badges, food, nurses, equipment, poetry, music and much more.
Digger History 2. This site features a range of eBooks about the Australian Military in two World Wars and after. The online books are arranged by service, RAN, RAAF and Army.
Department of Veterans' Affairs. This site has an online copy of the book Caring for your Wartime Memorabilia: A Guide to Preserving your Family's Heritage.This book covers diaries, letters, medals, photographs, artworks, film and an assortment of other ephemera. It also explains how to freeze items to get rid of insects.
Australian and New Zealand American Civil War Veterans. This site includes detailed biographies on those Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the American Civil War 1861-1865.
Armed Services Assistance Centre with Information on Australian War Medals.
British Military in Australia
White Ensign Southern Cross 1788-1913 is dedicated to the naval officers, men and their families who settled in Australia. This extensive site has detailed information on the Royal Marines, colonial navies, colonial defence, naval military actions and ships plus details of known descendants. A deserters database, compiled from government and police gazettes, is available online and lists deserters name, ship, source and details (physical description, age, height, deserted from etc).
This site by Graham Jaunay lists the Military Regiments of the British Army that served in the Australian colonies.
Society of Australian Genealogists Index to Soldiers and Marines 1787-1830. A search returns name, rank, regiment, pay list/muster roll, reel/source and notes.
The British Military in Australia looks at the Royal Marines and British Army in Australia (1788-1913) and contains detailed information for family history research.Colonial Forces
Defending Victoria by Ian MacFarlane. Victorian colonial, military and naval forces up to the Boer War and AIF, Australian Flying Corps and nurses up to the end of World War I.
WA Defence Force. This site looks at the Western Australian Defence Forces 1861-1901 and the Western Australian Volunteer Forces.
Australians in the Boer War Oz-Boer Database Project by Colin Roe with information on Australian soldiers and nurses who served in Australian units during the Boer War (1899-1902).Australians Serving in the Boer War by the Perth DPS. Arranged by state with a list of contingents arrival and departure dates. An alphabetical list of soldiers showing, name, rank and comments is available for Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.
Graves and Memorials of Australians in the Boer War (1899-1902) by the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra. This site contains an online database to burial and memorial locations for the Australians who died. Also includes maps, photographs of graves and monuments plus biographies for selected soldiers.Queensland State Archives. Boer War Index (1899-1901) lists all Queensland Defence Force ranks who served in the South African War. The Boer War Index to Pay Books (1899-1902), compiled from Queensland Volunteer Defence Force pay books, lists name, rank, unit details and references.
National Archives of Australia shop Research Guides include The Boer War: Australians and the War in South Africa, 1899–1902 by Craig Wilcox which can be read online.
World War I
Australian War Memorial. First World War Unit Embarkation Rolls, containing details of about 330,000 AIF personnel, recorded as they embarked from Australia for overseas service during World War I. Search by name or browse by unit. Images of the rolls list unit, ship's name, port and departure date. Personnel details include rank, age, occupation, marital status, address, next of kin details, religion and pay rates.
Australian War Memorial. Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau files consist of 32,000+ individual case files (digitised) of Australian personnel reported as wounded or missing during the First World War.
Australian War Memorial The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918 by Charles Bean. This chronological record of all services and all theatres of conflict is available online.Australian War Memorial Australian Army War Diaries - First World War. This ongoing project is digitising the Australian Imperial Force unit war diaries. These diaries generally record the date of each entry, the unit's location, a summary of events and any remarks or references to appendices. Currently the war diaries of the Australian Light Horse, Cavalry and Infantry are available and more diaries will be added to the site as they become available.
First AIF Order of Battle 1914-1918 by Ross Mallett. Lists the units and formations of the First AIF plus information about where they were raised, when they departed Australia and where they served. An extensive site that is well worth a visit.
First World War.Com by Michael Duffy. This comprehensive site contains a vast amount of valuable cultural, historical and social documentation for the Great War.
Australian Flying Corps. This site offers a complete history of the Australian Flying Corps (1914-1919). Includes links to aircraft, articles, books, people, references and squadrons.
National Library of Australia Despatches from Gallipoli. This site offers insights into the Gallipoli conflict from the viewpoint of the official World War 1 correspondents. It includes war images, accounts of battles, examples of censorship and discussions of the Australian legend.
Anzac Commemorative Site by the Commonwealth Department of Veteran Affairs with valuable information and photographs for researchers, teachers and those planning to visit Gallipoli.
Anzac History. This site features histories of the units of the First AIF and the First NZEF.
The Anzac Book. This site contains an online copy of The Anzac Book which was written by the troops at Anzac in 1915 and edited by CEW Bean.
The 42nd Infantry Battalion Australian Imperial Force. This site presents a comprehensive account of this Australian Battalion in World War I and includes an online version of Vivian Brahms' book The Spirit of the Forty-Second 42nd Battalion AIF.
State Records New South Wales, Nominal Roll of the First Railway Section, Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces (AIF). A search return surname, other names, age, address, date of joining and references.
The World War I Document Archive. This archive of primary documents, compiled by World War I Military History List volunteers, is international in focus.
Somme A Land of History is designed to help with information about the Somme battlefields and memorials. It aims to help trace the Australian and New Zealander soldiers' footsteps.The Long, Long Trail: The British Army in the Great War. This site aims to provide all you need to know about researching a soldier in the British Army during WW1.
World War II
Australian War Memorial. AMF Prisoners of War and Missing in the Far East and South West Pacific Islands Database with details of approximately 23,000 prisoners of war and missing personnel as known at 30 June 1944. It includes Malaya, Java, Timor, Ambon, Rabaul, New Guinea and Papua plus No 1 Independent Company and South West Pacific Islands.
Australian War Memorial. Australian Army War Diaries Second World War. Army headquarters, formations and units were required to keep a unit war diary recording their daily activities when on active service. Digitised copies of these war diaries are being made available online.
Australian War Memorial digitised version of Australia's Second World War Official Histories. The 22 volumes, written by 14 authors, titled Australia in the War of 1939–1945 includes S Series 1 - Army, Series 2 - Navy, Series 3 - Air, Series 4 - Civil and Series 5 - Medical.Department of Veterans' Affairs, Australia's War 1939-1945. A developing site with detailed information on various campaigns. New information and themes will be progressively added.
The Battle of Britain History Site commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and includes includes a Roll of Honour, campaign diary, details of aircraft involved, background on the Battle of Britain plus information on commanders, units and stations and more.
Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945. This site, designed to preserve Commonwealth naval aviation heritage, includes a Roll of Honour and Personnel Register.
The Australian Involvement in Vietnam This site details the history, the regiments, Long Tan, the RAAF and RAN in Vietnam, memorials, links and lots more.
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia list of links to sites that relate to the war in Vietnam.
The Fighting Fourth. A history of the 4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment during their second tour of Vietnam when, with members of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, they served as 4RAR/NZ.