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

Your chance to contribute to Beyond 1914

The search is on for digitised material or material that can be scanned and uploaded to the relevant profile page of the Beyond 1914 database. If you have a relative who was a student, graduate, or member of staff and was involved in the war effort – at home or abroad, we would be happy to hear from you. The Beyond 1914 team are also interested in collecting post-war career information on these men and women. This information will support the research into the impact of the Great War on the development of professionalization and expertise. You can download the Expression Of Interest form below or contact the project officer via email: history.beyond1914@sydney.edu.au or call 0423 557 608 to discuss family archives that may be of interest to us.

You can download the EOI form here

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