Mapping Our Anzacs
Find a local service person and see their service record Add a note or photograph to the Anzac scrapbook Build an online tribute to people important to you


On this page:

Browsing the maps

Flash maps

On the home page, the maps show you total numbers of people born and enlisted in each state and territory of Australia.

There are two other maps inset in the corner – Great Britain and Ireland and the whole world. Click on another map to send it to the view screen and see numbers of people born and enlisted in other countries and continents.

Numbers on these maps are as accurate as the data is pure and consistent – read more about the numbers.

Google maps

Red flags mark individual places. If you click on a red flag, a bubble will pop up showing the number of people born and/or enlisted in that place, and you can click through to see a list of those people.

Blue flags mark clusters of places. On click, the pop-up bubble will list all the places clustered at that point. You can either follow the links to see the statistics for that place, or you can zoom in.

If you have trouble locating a place, zoom in and more red flags will appear.

You can also zoom and pan around using the standard Google navigation tools on the right-hand side of the map.

To jump to a different map, there is an expandable list on the left-hand side of the map.

Search options

There are several other ways to find service personnel in Mapping our Anzacs. If you:

  • haven’t got Flash installed on your computer
  • are interested in a particular place but not sure where it is
  • would like to find an officer, doctor, nurse or chaplain (for whom there may not be a place of enlistment recorded)
  • would simply rather search directly for a person by name

you could try these other search options: search, browse, go direct to a list of people, explore unknown and unprocessed places, or use RecordSearch instead.


The first option is to search, by name of the person or the place with which they are associated. You can:

  • enter a family name – this will also search aliases. Where the search results include people with an alias, the aliases will appear first in the list.
  • enter a place name – click in the list of places and start to type. Pick any town or city in Australia or the world and hit the ‘Go’ button. Included in the list of places is ‘N/A’, which represents and links to everyone whose service record does not specify their place of birth or enlistment.


The second option for finding a service person is to browse the maps by following a link to a particular geographic area. This option is for people who do not have Flash installed on their computer.

Go direct to a list of people

A third option is to go direct to a list of officers, doctors and nurses, or chaplains. These lists display in the same format as lists you can retrieve via the maps – see details of service personnel, below.

Explore unknown and unprocessed places

Fourth, you can browse a list of people from places we have not yet been able to locate on the maps. In some cases the place names have been misspelled, and will be corrected. In others, the place may no longer exist. The lists look and work the same as other lists on the site – see details of service personnel, below.

If you can identify an unknown place, please let us know.

Use RecordSearch instead

The fifth and final option is to leave Mapping our Anzacs aside and explore within our main collection database, RecordSearch. Some information you can find in Mapping our Anzacs can only be gained by searching RecordSearch more broadly, across multiple record series.

Details of service personnel

Lists of people

Lists of service personnel always include at least one name. Each name is linked to that person’s details.

If you have browsed or searched by place, the lists of service personnel also include a map in the header. That static map is a link back to the map where you can continue browsing.

Details of a service person

When you follow a link from a person’s name, their details appear in a pop-up box. Their name appears in the header. Other details appear within the box and will include some or all of the following:

  • Service number – Most people were allocated a service number when they enlisted, but some were not. In some cases it was because the person’s service was not activated. In others, the enlistment process was different because they joined as an officer, a doctor, nurse or chaplain.
  • Place of birth and Place of enlistment – Place of birth and enlistment were usually, but not always,  recorded,  because the process of enlistment varied according to a person’s role. In many cases a single place was described in various ways. We have names for places that may no longer exist or that for some other reason have not yet been identified – see the list of unknown or unprocessed places. Where known, place names are linked to a list of everyone who was associated with that place by birth or enlistment, so you can browse via one person’s details to another list of people.
  • Next of kin – Married men often nominated their wife as their next of kin, and unmarried men often nominated their mother or father. The name and relationship – eg ‘Bayley, Robert (father)’ – is a link. Follow it to see whether anyone else nominated someone of the same name and relationship. Where the next of kin was a parent, you can often find other siblings.
  • Image of a service record folio – The first page of the person’s World War I service dossier appears on the right-hand side of the box. Note that in some cases the image is simply a page inserted to explain that the whole file has been amalgamated. Click to read the whole file in a viewer with page navigation, the reference number, and a button for printing the whole file. Note that some pages may be truncated and require printing separately.
  • WWI file – This is the reference number for the archival file in record series B2455. Follow the link to see how the file is described in our main collection database, RecordSearch.
  • WWII file – Some people went on to serve in World War II, and often, their World War I file has been amalgamated into their World War II file. In many of those cases, we have created a link through to the World War II file in Mapping our Anzacs. In some cases, you will need to find the person’s World War II file reference number in the World War I file and then search for the World War II file in RecordSearch. There are also cases where the person did go on to serve in World War II but there is no established relationship between the files.
  • See also – Occasionally a service person’s World War I file was amalgamated into a second World War I file in the same series, B2455. Where this is the case, we provide a link to the other file rather than display the same person twice.
  • Also known as – Some people had one or more aliases (eg see James Archer). Where an alias is identified, we include it in that person’s details.

Two of the links along the bottom of the box enable you to share a link to the person’s details on the social bookmarking sites Delicious and Digg.

Permalink lets you save and share the link to that person’s details.

The final link in this box is to add to the scrapbook – see below.

If there is a scrapbook entry about the person whose details you are viewing, it will appear in the lower part of the box.

To return to the list of people, simply close the pop-up.

Using the scrapbook

Find a service person first

Once you have found a service person of interest, you can add a note or photograph to the scrapbook by following the link to ‘Add to the scrapbook’. You can read the page about adding to the scrapbook.

To post, you must be logged in

You must be registered to create a scrapbook entry.

If you’re already registered but not logged in, you can follow the link to ‘Add to the scrapbook’ and then log in along the way. But if you’re not yet registered, you’ll have to create an account and then find the service person again.

So you may prefer to register up front.

Notes and photos

There are two different kinds of scrapbook entries you can create: notes and photographs. Note is the default option, and it simply involves entering a title and some text and hitting the ‘Post note to scrapbook’ button. You can use the buttons to add formatting and a link to another website, but make sure any links you add are relevant, or we will not publish your post.

Adding a photograph is also simple. The file format can be JPEG, GIF, PNG or BMP. Large files will slow down the load time, so we ask that you keep your photographs to around 100kb and no more than 200kb. We may not publish large file sizes.

In short, we welcome your contributions, and will publish an entry if it meets the following conditions:

  • It is relevant.
  • It is respectful.
  • The file size (of a photograph) does not exceed 200kb.

Building a tribute

What is a tribute?

A Mapping our Anzacs tribute is a list of service personnel you have selected to commemorate. You can name the list, and add a description of who it includes and how they are important to you.

How can I build one?

To build a tribute, use the graphic link at the top-right of each screen. You must be logged in to use this part of the site, so if you are not already logged in, you will be directed to do so.

In the first release of Mapping our Anzacs, you are limited to adding individual service personnel by searching by name. In a future release, you will be able to add a list of people by adding everyone associated with a particular place.

To identify people to add to your tribute, key in a family name and use the ‘Search’ button. Or, if the name is common, use the family name and given names, separated by a comma. For example, a search on ‘jones’ will retrieve thousands of names. But a search on ‘jones, maggie’ will retrieve just one.

If you’re not sure of the spelling, you can also search by the first part of the family name, bear in mind there might be thousands of results.

If there are people you want to include who have a common name, you could identify their service number in advance, so you know which person is which. For example, there are dozens of World War I service people named Henry Jones. To identify the correct Henry Jones to include in a tribute, it would help to find his details via a browse or search, and make a note of his service number.

Once you have identified people you want to include, click on the link to ‘Add to selection’. The barcode for the file of the person will appear in the box below. If you make a mistake, you can highlight the number and ‘Remove from selection’. Add as many people as you like. You can name your tribute in the 'Give it a title' box. You can also write a description for your tribute. When you are ready, use the button to ‘Save tribute’.

What can I do with a tribute?

When your tribute has been created, you will be presented with a link to it. Use this link to view the tribute. Save it to share with others or publish on your own website. If you publish a link to your tribute, we would be pleased to hear about it. Let us know!

You can also return to your tribute via the ‘View activity’ link on the left-hand side of the website.

Can I edit a tribute I have created?

You can edit tributes and add or remove names by clicking on the 'Edit tributes' link on the left-hand side of the page when logged in.  

Managing your account

If you want to add to the scrapbook or create a tribute, you will need to register as a user of Mapping our Anzacs. Registering, managing your account and viewing your activity should be straightforward. All the account management links are on the left-hand side of the site.


We will not share your email address with anyone – see our privacy statement.

Your password must be at least seven characters and one of those characters must be non-alphanumeric – ie,  something other than a number (0–9) or a letter (A–Z).  Some examples of non-alphanumeric characters are *  & % @.

So that you can retrieve your password, if you forget it, we also ask you to provide a security question and answer.

If you forget your password

In case you forget it, you can retrieve your password. You will be prompted for your email address, and for the answer to your security question.

If you want to, you can change your password. Again, you will need to use at least seven characters, and at least one must be non-alphanumeric.

Viewing your activity

If you have created several scrapbook entries and/or tributes, you can see them all on one page. When you log in, the link to ‘View activity’ will appear on the left-hand side of the website.

Other issues

If you have difficulty using the site, or if something has gone wrong, feel free to contact us. Please make sure you have read through this help page first – your question or issue might be easily resolved.

We are proud of this first release of Mapping our Anzacs, but we also have some refinements in mind. If you have ideas for improvement (or if you love it as is!) please let us know – we welcome your feedback.