For the first time, Australians and New Zealanders will come together to honour the event through a shared online archive. The Discovering Anzacs website, developed by the National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand, will digitise WWI records and make them available to the public from April 2014.
“Our nations have so much in common, including the contribution of our WWI service men and women,” says former New Zealand Internal Affairs Minister, Chris Tremain. “This shared collaboration will help our citizens understand more about those who served and the challenges they faced. This will be an innovative and user-friendly website, which can only enhance the strong and proud tradition we share.”
The website will also feature a profile of every Anzac who enlisted in WWI, linked to their service record. You, too, can help tell the story of Australia and New Zealand during the war by building on profiles and adding your own family stories, photos or details of service, identifying a soldier or transcribing war diaries and service records. See discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au.