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

Online: War editions of University Student Magazines

The University Archives has digitised the war year issues of Hermes, Sydney University Undergraduate Magazine, and Kookaburra, the magazine of the Sydney Training [Teachers] College. These magazines contain information on university staff, students and alumni who were involved in World War 1 and much more. They feature a rich resource of letters, photographs and poems by alumni, students and staff, which reflect the thinking and emotions of the day. If you want to read more of the magazines, the Rare Books section of Fisher Library hold a complete set of Hermes.

Click through to the University Archives online resources page and read the war editions

Sign up to our newsletter


Simply complete your details to receive our regular e-newsletter filled with updates and events relevant to the Beyond 1914 website.

The University of Sydney respects your privacy You can unsubscribe to this e-newsletter at any time.