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Memento : Issue 36
6 NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA More than 300,000 men and women served in the Australian forces during World War I. Many of their stories can be found in the National Archives' collection of defence service records. Each of them had a place of birth, a home, a family. But where? Oliver Bergstein was born in Iceland; George Dix hailed from the Falkland Islands. While many people have visions of a nation of bushmen marching to war from small towns across Australia, our service people came from all over the world, as Mapping our Anzacs, the National Archives' new web feature, reveals. It was developed as part of the Shell-shocked: Australia after Armistice exhibition. On Mapping our Anzacs you can browse maps of Australia, the United Kingdom and the world, exploring more than 15,000 places where service people were born or enlisted. Once you've found a location, you simply follow a link to see details of all the people associated with it. Further links take you directly to digitised copies of their service records. Mapping our Anzacs provides a new way of navigating the National Archives' World War I service records -- not by name, but by place. Schools and historical groups will find it easier to examine the war's impact on their local communities. Sometimes service records are empty. If a person served in both world wars, their World War I service record was combined with their World War II record. For the first time, Mapping our Anzacs provides users with direct links that connect World War I and later service records. Research is continuing to identify these records, but more than 1500 are already available. The National Archives is also interested in what you know. An online scrapbook allows you to add notes and photographs to an individual's service details. Or you can compile your own tribute -- an online memorial to service people from your own family or community. Mapping our Anzacs offers a new view of Australia's war effort. Access it online at mappingouranzacs.naa.gov.au or at the Shell-shocked exhibition, currently showing in Canberra. By Dr Tim Sherratt, websites content developer at the National Archives. families lived through what we now easily call the 'interwar' years in grief and loneliness. The war had changed Australia. It was indeed a nation in shock. Shell-shocked: Australia after Armistice, an exhibition supported by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, is on at the National Archives in Canberra until 27 April 2009, and will then tour nationally. The exhibition catalogue, which includes an extended essay by Dr Michael McKernan, can be purchased from the online shop at www.naa.gov.au. Dr Michael McKernan has written extensively on Australia at war. His most recent book was The Strength of a Nation. NAA: A8027, 47 [right] A solitary mourner at Beach Cemetery in Gallipoli, 1920s.