Windows into Wartime is a new exhibition produced by State Records NSW for the Centenary of Anzac and to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the First World War. The exhibition presents a selection of images produced by the NSW Government Printing Office Photographic Branch during and immediately after the Great War. As society mobilised on the home front in support of Australia’s military effort overseas, government photographers were on the ground in Sydney and across the state shooting the image. They photographed a raft of activities and produced an extraordinary body of work that not only documented, but promoted and shaped how the people of NSW responded to the impact and upheaval caused by the First World War. Today, this collection of historic images—reproduced from original glass plate negatives—provides us with a unique insight into the NSW home front during the First World War.
Western Sydney Records Centre
17 October 2016 – 9 September 2017
9.00am – 5.00pm Monday – Friday
10.00am – 4.00pm Saturdays
(Closed public holidays)
NSW Regional Tour
Broken Hill Library
11 November 2016 – 11 March 2017
University of Newcastle Library
3 April – 12 May 2017
Charles Sturt University Regional Archives, Wagga Wagga
5 June – 30 June 2017
University of New England and Regional Archives, Armidale
31 July – 1 September 2017
University of Wollongong Library
25 September – 24 November 2017
See an abridged online edition of Windows into Wartime »
NSW Anzac Centenary website
Records of NSW and World War I
The NSW Anzac Centenary website highlights records from the State archives relating to key events and historical themes, associated with NSW and World War I. A number of these documents have been digitised and made available to view online, alongside text which helps contextualise the records. The website focuses on the key themes of:
- In Service – enlistment and the response of the Government and people of NSW
- On the Home Front - what day-to-day life was like for people in Sydney and NSW during the war years
- In Remembrance – how the war was commemorated across NSW, in particular through war memorials
The site features online research guides to help family historians retrieve their World War 1 stories from government records. The guides identify research pathways for tracing the stories of NSW soldiers and nurses, and highlight resources from our collection that provide background information to life in New South Wales at the time of the war.
Content will be regularly added to the website over the course of the Anzac Centenary, 2014-2018.
Centenary of WWI & Anzac commemorative activities
State Records is a lead agency in the extensive New South Wales Centenary of World War I and Anzac commemorative program taking place between August 2014 and November 2018. The full program is being overseen by the NSW Centenary of Anzac Council and has been endorsed by Cabinet.
As part of the commemoration program, State Records is proud to honour the Centenary of World War I and Anzac with an exhibition and website that draws from State Records' vast collection to look at life in New South Wales during the war years.