“Imagine if you could reach out with a microphone to the past, back as far as World War I, and speak to an original Anzac who had just returned from the front to an influenza epidemic that would go on to kill more people than the war itself. Their voices can be heard, and their faces can be seen at the National Library of Australia’s website. The National Library of Australia is the nation’s historian, preserving our books, recordings, documents, maps, papers, media items and even websites. For full story click here.
According to the Australian War Memorial, there is already increased interest in Gallipoli and the Western Front, and there will be a spike in public inquiries as 2015 approaches. Jennie Norberry, the AWM's manager of information services, believes that a general interest in family history, boosted by a television genealogy series, during the past 10 years is contributing to greater curiosity about family military history. For full story with video click here.