WW1 Useful Resources

Much of my family history research has so far been around military ancestry and records. Here’s a few resources I’ve used that were useful when researching WW1 soldiers in Australia.

1. To find a WW1 soldiers records search the Australian Archives.  Many of their World War One records have been digitalised and can be viewed online for free.   http://naa.gov.au

2. You can’t go past the Australian War Memorial for further information on our involvement in war and conflicts. Copies of battalion diaries can also be found here.     http://www.awm.gov.au

3. Recommended books include:                                                                                                                                                 Digging for Diggers A guide to researching an Australian soldier of the Great War, 1914-1918 by Graeme Hoskins. It’s a valuable source. – Battalion history books can give you an insight to the role of a particular battalion.

4. Discovering Anzacs is free to join and anyone can add information about a soldier to build a story. https://www.discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/

5. Trove newspapers: http://trove.nla.gov.au                                                                                                                                         I found it useful for articles about ships returning to Australia, soldiers photographs and other miscellaneous information.  I hope someone finds one of these resources useful for their research. If anyone has further questions about these websites feel free to ask in the comments section.




Mystery Monday

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I’ve been looking through some photos that my dad’s cousin gave me and I found this one. My Great Grandmother, Caroline Harrison. (on the left side holding a baby). Which has been confirmed by family members. The mystery is the women on the right side and the baby.

No one I’ve asked in the family knows who the baby is. However, I’ve been told by a family member an intriguing story about the lady on the left.  They used to call this lady, aunty Jane, not sure if she’s their real aunt or it was just a title they called her growing up. Her story is that she was a fortune teller (read tea leaves) and she got married 3 times to rich men. I’d love to find out more about this women, so if anyone is researching or knows of someone researching the Harrison family in Queensland leave a comment.

The Archive Lady: The Cost of Preservation Materials — Geneabloggers

The Archive Lady: The Cost of Preservation Materials Rachel in California emailed a question after reading the September 29, 2016 column How to Preserve Civil War Letters from The Archive Lady. She asks “I was wondering if you could assist me with some additional guidance. It seems the cost of preservation materials can add up quite…

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William James Harrison

Enlistment Papers

Enlistment Papers

“Court martial sentenced to 28 days in camp”, were some the first words I saw written in the military documents of James Harrison. I wondered what could he have done? Why was he court martialled? So, I flicked through the other pages of the military documents looking for any clues to this mystery. But found nothing.

William James Harrison was 27 when hepage-4 enlisted for the Australian army. At the time, he had two young children (James and John) and a baby on the way (Edna May). William and his wife Caroline (Rhodes) Harrison lived in James St Paddington. As you can see from the enlistment papers. One of the interesting things for me is the detailed description of his appearance in these papers. As there’s no photos attached in the files.

Surnames I’m Researching

The following surnames and people I’ve started researching. Do you recognise any of these, if so drop me a line.

Harrison, William James, James, John, Leslie Robert, Edna (Luke), Valma Joyce, Violet Hazel (Rae), Evelyn

Rhodes, Caroline, John


Taylor Thomas Michael, Mary Agnes (Greene?)