The Western Australian Military Digital Library is a freely and publicly available website that is a repository of military stories with a connection to Western Australia.
ORIGIN OF THE DIGITAL LIBRARY
The Western Australian Military Digital Library was established as a joint project of FamilyHistoryWA and the Army Museum of Western Australia.
In 2016, the Army Museum requested the assistance of FamilyHistoryWA, and specifically the Military Special Interest Group, to digitise and transcribe its extensive collection of historical records, in order to make them publicly and freely available as a community service. The project began informally in February 2017 and an agreement between the Army Museum and FamilyHistoryWA was signed on 28 October 2017. This website was launched on 26 March 2021.
The original records are digitised and preserved as high quality images. Smaller versions of the images are then uploaded onto this website. They are immediately accessible to any searcher and do not require a membership. Documents such as diaries and letters are then transcribed to enable them to become fully searchable. Each person has their own page on the website and as new records are digitised, links between people and publications are created. If you would like to be involved in any stage of this process please contact the Project Co-ordinators via the Contribute page.
There is no end date for this project. The Army Museum of Western Australia was our founding partner and we are now also forging partnerships with other organisations and individuals. Material is regularly being made available to us to digitise. Community members are welcome to offer their own memorabilia to us to add to the site. We do not hold or store the original items so there are no constraints on the size of this Digital Library.