The interviewing process for this Archive was conducted in every state and territory of Australia and is now complete. The interviews encompass individuals representing every conflict in which Australia has been involved from World War I up to and including currently serving members of the Australian Defence Force, although these latter interviews will not be made available for public access until 2018. The Archive encompasses the battlefront, the home front, media and entertainment, children, teachers, wives, workers and clerics. From signaller to Spitfire pilot, from SAS soldier to stoker, even those who fought with us and against us; as long as they were now Australians, then their service was represented.
Each interview has been transcribed and is available on this website. Should you wish to use any part of any interview, please click on the Requests For Use page. All our interviews were undertaken without rehearsal on the part of the interviewees and have generally been transcribed without the interviewees having an opportunity to edit the transcripts for grammar, syntax and repetition. As well, despite the best efforts of the Archive's editors and an extensive fact checking process, errors may exist in some transcripts, in particular, with regard to names of people and places. Should you detect such errors in your transcript, please contact the Archive and corrections will be made.
Users of this site are able to comprehensively search the interview transcription database which incorporates photographs of our interviewees, the transcriptions of their interviews and historical summaries relating to many of the categories that comprise the Archive.
Please note that some of the details recorded here 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.
The Archive is a repository of memories, a collection of experiences, and as such, it does not claim to be an accurate historical record. Rather, it is the stories of particular times in Australia's past, told by the people who were there. We are indebted to each and every veteran who has so generously permitted us to share their memories.