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

Christmas Card 1917

Edric Noel Mulligan D.S.O.(BE 1911) was born in Glebe on Christmas Eve 1884. His middle name may be a nod to the Christmas connection. This signed Christmas card was sent by Mulligan in 1917 "from the Officers, NCO's and Men of the 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company Somewhere in France". It shows the crest of the 2nd Australian Tunnellers Company with the Engineer's motto in Latin, translated it means 'we make and we break'. The tools of surveying and tunneling surround the sketch of an engineer thinking of his country home in Australia.

Profile page of Edric Noel Mulligan

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