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.

Start exploring the map

A University Reunion, 5 September 1917

One hundred years ago somewhere in France, amidst the mayhem of war a civilised reunion of varsity men took place on 5 September 1917. This printed programme lists the menu of the night, the order of toasts and the words of the songs that were accompanied by a band. The men in attendance autographed the programme. Each of the signatures represents an individual story. Victor Coppleson [MB. ChM 1914] sent two copies of this programme to the university union secretary and they are now held in the university archives.

Profile page of Sir Victor Coppleson

Charles Henry Harrison writes about attending the reunion dinner

More resources including videos of Sydney Ideas events

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