From 1914 to 1918, 416,809 Australians served their country in World War One. Many of these soldiers wrote home about their experiences and often these letters were published in local papers offering the community fragments of information about the lives of their family and friends at the front. Read about their observations, their struggles, as well as the courage of those who served, in this section dedicated to the Anzac experience.

First-hand recollections of life in Australia’s yesteryears, as told by those who participated in or observed historical events as they happened, tell us something that even the best-written book cannot.

Shows streetscape of Flinders Street, looking west, with Bridge Hotel (now known as Young and Jackson's Hotel) on far corner, St. Paul's Cathedral on opposite corner, horsedrawn vehicles and pedestrians.

Get a taste of the past with this unique compilation of recipes, wisdom, and helpful suggestions from our ancestors.

Throughout Australian history bush poets like Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson have venerated the bush for its national ideals, romanticising it in their poetry. This collection of yarns, ballads, and stories is rich with the character and spirit of the Australian bush.

Featuring stories of the sun, moon, animals, storms, floods, fire, thunder, the bush, and the stars, this collection of ancestral legends form a part of a rich oral tradition.

Throughout Australian literary history, poetry has played a predominant role. Many of Australia’s early poets wrote about their experiences in the new country, of the unique Australian landscape, about migration, love, family and mateship. Much of Australia’s most distinctive poetry and ballads originated in the outback reflecting on life in the bush and on the barren, dusty plains. While scores of Australian soldiers also wrote poetry responding to the horrors of the Great War and other conflicts. This section records the insightful, poignant and at times witty poetry, of our Australian bards.