Starting research

There are a number of online resources which will help start your research.

Mapping our ANZACS
Allows users to search by surname or location linking to WWI service records which are held by the National Archives.

Australian War Memorial
The AWM website provides detailed information about Australia’s war involvement enabling the interpretation and understanding of the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.  The AWM has also provided a fact sheet on researching Australian military service during WWI and what resources are available.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The CWGC website provides a register of those who served with the forces of the Commonwealth who died in the two world wars.  Information about cemeteries is also available via this site.  

National Library of Australia database which links information found in collections throughout Australia.  Trove provides access to newspapers, photographs, journals, books, diaries, music and maps.

Australian Women’s Register
Developed by the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) in conjunction with The University of Melbourne.  The register contains information on Australian service women and the units they served in.

Historical research advice

A number of resources may also exist in your community such as local newspapers, photographs and oral histories. The South Australian History Group have a help sheet available that details how to get started with historical research. Although specific to South Australia, it does contain details on what to look for and how to treat research.

National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries
The National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries V1.3 2013 contains a number of standards and links to further information to assist in developing your exhibition.

Guidelines for Heritage Interpretation 2007
Published by the National Trust and Museums Australia.


Consideration of the significance of objects needs to be made to effectively interpret them for the exhibition.  The South Australian History Group has put together a help sheet detailing how to interpret objects for display.

The document Significance 2.0 may also be useful in interpreting objects.

Finding images

Images may be sourced locally through individuals, local libraries and collecting groups.  There are also a number of online databases which you can search for images included below.


The Copyright Council of Australia have a number of useful fact sheets providing information on what copyright is, and any considerations regarding the use of images and text.

How to make supports

The Powerhouse Museum has a number of guidelines available on making supports for books, photographs and documents to support your objects in the show case.