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

Thank you to NSW State Archives and their volunteers

The State Archives series 9873 has always been of interest to Beyond 1914. This series consists of photographs of doctors applying for registration as medical practitioners in New South Wales. The photographs were required by the Medical Board of New South Wales from the beginning of 1889 to assist in the future identification of those issued with a licence by the Board. Signed photographs were to be furnished to the Medical Board’s Secretary prior to the applicant’s appearance in front of the Board. Through a recent collaboration, volunteers at State Archives have digitised close to 600 images of people listed on the Beyond 1914 website. Over the next few weeks these images will be begin appearing on the website providing a face and a signature to a name. The University of Sydney acknowledges the considerable support provided by NSW State Archives.

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