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Bega War Memorial

Bega War Memorial

There are many projects underway in conjunction with anniversaries of World War One events. One such project is the State Library of NSW’s WWI website which is a useful resource for starting your own research. The site will be expanded in the next month or so with curated stories and links to curriculum resources.

The State Library holds the diaries and letter collections of over 500 service men and women who served in World War One. The diaries aren’t online yet but the State Library is fast-tracking its digitisation program of WWI material so let’s hope that will include these diaries. You can search the diary collection here. Maybe you’ll find an ancestor? I did a quick search on the place name Bega and discovered that the diary of a Bega-born man called Roy Frederick Arnold is part of the State Library’s WWI diary collection.

The other exciting thing is that the WWI website will become a space for community created content. So if you do find your ancestor’s WWI diary, you can upload a photo of him/her or letters or other mementoes to add to their story.

Lastly, if you just want a little diversion browse the WWI enlistment posters on the State Library’s Pinterest site.

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