Australia at war
The National Library has extensive holdings of material concerning Australia's military history. When using the Library Catalogue's basic search, structure your searches for precise results, using:
- Name of conflict (e.g. World War, 1914-1918)
- geographical area (e.g. Singapore, France)
- individual wartime personalities or battalions
To browse collection items, select the 'Browse alphabetically' option, then 'subjects'. Examples are:
The Main Reading Room Reference Collection
These and other titles can also be requested through the Catalogue .
The Australian illustrated encyclopedia of the Zulu and Boer wars by Ronald J. Austin (1999). Covers battles and major political and military figures; also includes a chronology, Victoria Crosses awarded and honour roll. RF 968.04 A937
Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918 (1921-1942). A 12-volume series covering Australian involvement in the First World War. The works are the first published official record of Australia’s involvement in the war. RF 940.40994 O32
Australia in the War of 1939-1945 (1952-1987). Official series that covers Australian involvement in the Second World War. It consists of five different series: Army, Navy, Air, Civil and Medical. There is a separate record in the catalogue for each volume in each series. RF 940.5394 AUS
The Official History of Australia's Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948-1975 (1992-2012). This nine-volume series covers the longest period of any of the official histories and deals with the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), the Indonesian-Malaysian Confrontation (1963-1966) and the Vietnam War (1962-1972). RF 959.053 O32
A researcher is writing a thesis on the effects in Australia of tuberculosis of returned soldiers from the Great War, but is not successful when using the Trove search to find diaries and other primary sources.
There are a number of search options we can try using Trove; however trying to narrow the search with the word tuberculosis does not necessarily produce the best results, as the diaries may discuss a range of issues which are not individually catalogued.
We have given some suggested searches below, but experimenting with different keywords will also be useful to find the most results.
We can try a search of the Diaries, letters, archives zone with the keywords returned soldiers australia tuberculosis. The results here appear to be concerned with official responses to tuberculosis, such as the Tuberculosis Annexe at Cairns General Hospital.
Another option is the Advanced search.
- Choose subject from the first drop down list
- Search on the words soldiers australia diaries
- Other subject search suggestions are: world war 1914-1918 personal narratives australian
We can also use a simple keyword search on tuberculosis soldiers australia which produces a list of results including:
Secondary sources, like Shattered ANZACs which include bibliographical references, may lead to other relevant primary sources such as diaries.
It could also be useful to look at the other Trove zones: Newspaper articles and oral histories (under Music,Sound, Archive) can be found in the results list of the keyword search above.