The Library has rich holdings of music from this era including marches, patriotic songs and sheet music with highly decorative and evocative covers. Much of it has been digitised and is available online or through the Forte app. 

Catalogue search tips

Music can be found in the catalogue using the 'Browse subjects' option. Some useful subject headings to use include:

Keywords such as the following can also be used:

  • 'soldiers songs australia'
  • 'music australia world war 1914'
  • 'conscription music'

 Use the ‘Add limits’ drop down menu to limit your search to music material.

Case Study

I am looking for music of the Great War.

First search of the Library’s catalogue for music.  The following subject headings may be useful to begin with:

 For general historical works on music and the First World War try searching on the following subject headings:

 The Library also holds as part of its Oral history collection a recording of songs from this era, sung by Mr Ollie Moore.