To mark the centenary of the commencement of the First World War, the State Records Office has digitised and placed online the official “War” file created by the WA Premier’s Office in 1914. Along with top secret coded information, it reveals the concerns of officials and the community during the first months of the war.
Over 1000 letters, memoranda, telegrams and notes have been digitised, so that detailed information about the commencement of the war in 1914 can be revealed as it happened 100 years ago. This archive (Consignment 1496, item 1914/0302 v1-5) offers a uniquely ‘home front’ view on how WA coped with the declaration of the First World War and the subsequent mobilisation of the community.
In addition to making the digitised volumes available online through the SRO’s website, from 1 August 2014, the SRO has begun posting to Facebook and Twitter selected highlights from these volumes, including copies of letters, telegrams and memoranda which reveal the day-to-day activity and actions of the government and the community. Everyone will be able to watch the war unfold as we post to SRO's Facebook page archival information about this historic conflict from 100 years ago. To provide an ‘as-it-happened’ experience, SRO will also tweet, via @archives_wa, some of the correspondence and coded telegraph messages using the hashtags #otd and #WW1inWA.
More information about some of the stories revealed in the "War" is also available on the SRO's website.
1 August 2014