Establishing Australian military authorites

The following is a list of headings to be used in the ANBD for the Australian Army, Air Force and Navy, and includes guidelines on establishing headings for an individual unit or component of the Army. For the full reference structure under these headings please consult the Libraries Australia Authorities database.

Army

Use the following headings for the Australian Army, expeditionary forces and reserves.

1901-1905 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bCommonwealth Military Forces
1905- 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bArmy
1914-1921 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bArmy. ‡bAustralian Imperial Force (1914-1921)
1939-1945 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bArmy. ‡bAustralian Imperial Force, 2nd (1939-1946)
1905-1946 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bArmy. ‡bMilitia
1941-1945 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bArmy. ‡bVolunteer Defence Corps
1948-1983 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bArmy. ‡bCitizen Military Forces
1983 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bArmy. ‡bAustralian Army Reserve

Establishing headings for individual units

When establishing a heading for an individual unit or component of the Army, enter it directly under the heading for the principal service of which it is a part as instructed in AACR2R rule 24.24A1, e.g.

Australia. Army. Battalion, 10th.
not
Australia. Army.Royal South Australia Regiment. Battalion, 10th.

Australia. Army. Light Horse Regiment,6th.
not
Australia. Army. Australian Imperial Force (1914-1921).Light Horse Regiment, 6th.

Include other elements of the hierarchy only when it is known that a conflict exists, such as when an infantry battalion was raised with the same number for both the home-based and expeditionary forces in the Second World War, e.g.

Australia. Army. Australian Imperial Force, 2nd. (1939-1946).Battalion, 2nd.

Since this occurrence is extremely rare, in case of doubt, omit the hierarchy, e.g.

Australia. Army. Battalion, 2nd.

If a military unit is numbered, record the numbering in arabic ordinal numbers regardless of the form in which it appears on the publication, e.g.

Australia. Army. Battalion, 10th.
not
Australia. Army.Battalion, Tenth.

Record the numbering of the second A.I.F. battalions in the form 2/XX,e.g.

Australia. Army. Battalion, 2/3rd.
not
Australia. Army.Battalion, 2nd/3rd.
Australia. Army. Battalion, Second Third.

When establishing a heading for an infantry battalion, record only the word 'battalion' and the number of the unit, regardless of the way the name is written on the item being catalogued, e.g.

Third Australian Infantry Battalion
4th Infantry Battalion
5thBattalion

would become

Australia. Army. Battalion, 3rd.
Australia. Army. Battalion,4th.
Australia. Army. Battalion, 5th.

thus providing useful collocation and lessening the possibility of duplicate headings.

Air force

Use the following headings for the Australian Air Force and its Reserves.

1914-1919 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bArmy. ‡bAustralian Flying Corps
1919-1921 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bAustralian Air Corps
1921- 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bRoyal Australian Air Force
1928-1939 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bRoyal Australian Air Force.‡bAuxiliary Air Force
1939-1960 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bRoyal Australian Air Force.‡bCitizens' Air Force
1960- 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bRoyal Australian Air Force.‡bAuxiliary Air Force (1960)

Navy

Use the following headings for the Australian Navy and its Reserves.

110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bCommonwealth Naval Forces
1913- 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bRoyal Australian Navy
1911- 110 1 - ‡aAustralia. ‡bRoyal Australian Naval Reserve