What is Beyond 1914?

Beyond 1914 — The University of Sydney and the Great War is an extensive, searchable database of biographies and archival information about members of the University community involved in the First World War.

Built on the legacy of information provided to the University between 1915 and 1938 by more than 2000 former staff, students, graduates and their families (later published in the University’s Book of Remembrance), Beyond 1914 features insights into the lives of these men and women before, during and after the war.

This short film takes you behind-the-scenes at the University Archives. It explains how the Book of Remembrance was created back in 1939 and reveals just a handful of the thousands of stories that can now be found on Beyond 1914.

Mapping lives

During the war, as well as before its outbreak and after Armistice was declared, much of the University community travelled, worked and lived abroad.

You can trace these movements on the Beyond 1914 map. Discover individual journeys or explore the many connections to important locations, such as London, Gallipoli or Cairo.

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November 11 - Lest We Forget

This year marks the 98th anniversary of the Armistice, which ended the First World War in 1918, and is now referred to as Remembrance Day. The University’s War Memorial Carillon commemorates the undergraduates, alumni and staff who died in World War I, and was dedicated on the afternoon of Anzac Day, 25 April 1928. The University also published a Book of Remembrance in 1939, honouring not only the 230 men who died, but also the more than 1800 men and women who survived. This information including digitized records from the University Archives is searchable here. This photo shows one of the bells being delivered before installation. IMAGE: University of Sydney Archives, G3_224_0065_3

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