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World War I
WWI Objects and Family Stories

Seniors Week Event: WWl Objects and Family Stories


WWI Objects and Family Stories

Want to preserve family history? Join in this workshop as part of Seniors Week. Presented by staff from the National Archives of Australia and Orange City Library, the workshop is an opportunity to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.  It will be held on Wednesday 19th March from 2pm – 4pm. This workshop is designed to focus on research of the service records of the men and women who served in the armed forces during WWI. Participants are encouraged to bring along one or two objects or photographic memorabilia to prompt research direction.  Admission is free, but please book your place by calling the Library on 6393 8132. See you there!

Michael Caulfield Signs books (Small)

Author Michael Caulfield Launches The Unknown ANZACS

A crowd of more than 80 well wishers helped Michael Caulfield launch his latest book The Unknown ANZACS at Orange City Library. In his speech Michael acknowledged former Orange City Librarian, the late Elizabeth Barry, and said he would like to think that she would appreciate the book because it starts off with a Librarian collecting diaries, journals and photos from ex-servicemen.

He explained the diaries have been locked up for some time and the stories needed to be told. Michael then went on to give a sense of these ANZACS by reading out selected anecdotes from the diaries chosen for the book – some poignant, some amusing and some using strong language. Many thanks to all those who came along and Congratulations!! to Michael on his latest work.


Internet photo

The National Library of Australia has just announced that there are now TEN MILLION historic Australian newspaper pages available in Trove! The lucky edition is the Saturday July 31, 1915 issue of The Leader, from our own city of Orange. The National Library is also celebrating the milestone of almost ONE HUNDRED MILLION articles within those pages which can be individually searched and referenced.

The digitisation of The Leader is part of a grant project that we’ve been working on with the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales. It was made possible by a $94,000 Country Libraries Grant from the NSW Government. Ros Dorsman has very ably led the project on our behalf. We’re overjoyed that one of our papers was the 10 millionth, for us it’s almost as good as winning the lottery.

For more information and to view the article and the paper on line follow this link


If you want to read about the Spicer boys featured in The Leader edition go to our centenary of World War I blog at


Blayney's Great War Project

Studio portrait of 16563 Sapper (Spr) William Thomas Neasmith, a machinery assistant of Blayney, NSW. He returned to Australia on 20 December 1918. Photograph Australian War Memorial

Blayney Shire Local and Family History Group has begun reseraching the service records of former district men and women who enlisted during World War I, some of whom are honoured on the various memorials throughout the Shire.

If you are a descendant or relative of one of these service men or women they would like your help with life stories, photographs or war time memorabillia.

The intention is to compile short biographies of the men and women related to the Blayney District who volunteered to serve far away from families and friends.

The Society can be contacted on [email protected]