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12,000 hours of interviews about Australia's wartime history.
2,005 interviews, 1,000,000 stories.
Told by the people who lived them.


The Archive is an Australian Government initiative, commissioned through the Department of Veterans' Affairs. It is a unique, historical collection, a resource for everyone interested in Australia's wartime heritage.

In over 2000 interviews, the Archive encompasses our wartime history from World War One to Afghanistan. It includes the battlefront, the home front, media and entertainment, children, wives, workers and clerics. From signaller to Spitfire pilot, from SAS trooper to stoker, even to those who fought with us and against us; they are all represented in this collection. What you will find on these pages, are the transcripts of those interviews. Click on the following for a downloadable version of our selected stories:

Want to find out more? Click on these buttons for downloadable information about the Archive.

Some of the details recorded in this Archive may be distressing to users and family or friends of the persons interviewed. Users should also keep in mind that some materials may contain offensive language, depictions of sexual matters or negative stereotypes reflecting the culture or language of a period or place.

The material presented on this website is the memories and reflections of the person being interviewed. The material is presented in good faith, but does not reflect the considered views of the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) or The Australians at War Film Archive (AAWFA).

Any access that you make of this website is undertaken at your own risk.

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