For example, war diaries recorded the daily activities of Australian Army units and can provide more details about your family member’s movements during the war.
To read war diaries and other records online, see the War Memorial web page about Digitised records.
Some files have physical descriptions and/or photographs.
Some files note that the person was Indigenous but others don’t – some people didn’t identify themselves as Indigenous when they joined up.
To start researching you need to know: To take your research further you might need to know information such as the person’s service number and unit name – you can find this information in their service record.
The contents and detail of service records varies with each conflict.
The National Archives of Australia holds personal service records of people who served in the Australian defence forces in conflicts since 1901.
These records usually include information like place of enlistment, address, age, next of kin and the person’s service history including dates and places of service and medical information.
Cultural advocate Fanny Cochran played a vital role to ensure Tasmanian language and culture was practiced and maintained even today as she was the first Indigenous person whose stories and songs would be recorded.
As a result the recording, which included traditional stories and songs of her people, lived on into the future.