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


The first ANZAC Day was commemorated on 25 April 1916 in various ways. This image shows the crowds lining Macquarie Street Sydney watching the ANZAC march. Some 2000 ANZAC troops marched through the streets of London and a memorial service was held in Westminster Abbey. This ANZAC Day we should remember that fighting in World War One continued long after the evacuation of Gallipoli in December 1915. Post Gallipoli the AIF were reorganised and expanded from two to five infantry divisions, all of which were progressively transferred to France, beginning in March 1916.The AIF mounted division that had served as additional infantry during the campaign, remained in the Middle East. The ANZACs who ‘survived’ Gallipoli were soon to be sent to a different theatre of war on the Western Front IMAGE: Courtesy of State Library of South Australia PRG 280/1/27/47

Click through to our Resources page. Watch the video of the Sydney Ideas panel discussion, Enduring Legacies, in partnership with the Griffith Review. PLUS MORE VIDEOS from the Beyond 1914 project.

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