Resources for Students

The Virtual War Memorial Schools Program

The Virtual War Memorial Schools Program enables students to make a lasting contribution to commemoration and the body of historical knowledge of the individual experience of service and the impact of war on communities.  Supported by the Department for Education (South Australia), the program enables teachers to monitor and manage student progress and allows student research on Australia's servicemen and women to be published online.

Students at the Army Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) School attending a lecture on tactical movements. AWM 027482

For more information, contact 

If your school is interested in participating, please ask your teacher to complete and return the Expression of Interest form 


Need some help researching, writing or building a profile?


Researching a person - World War 1

Researching a person - World War 2

Finding photographs

Image attribution details

Finding digitised service records - WW2

Research Guide - Using newspapers

KLS Chart for note-taking

Using the National Archives of Australia

National Archives of Australia - Fact sheets on defence and war service records


Locating/Interpreting/Analysing Sources

Analysing images

Strategies for looking at visual images

Analysing written sources

Primary source organiser

Guide to reading a service record

Guide to reading a unit diary

Guide to Australian Defence Forces Ranks & Structure

Abbreviations used in records

Frequently Used Abbreviations - National Archives of Australia

Guide to the Australian Remembrance Trail on the Western Front - via the Anzac Portal site

Converting Historical Currency - Pre-decimal inflation calculator - Reserve Bank of Australia

Student Guide - Building a profile


Ways to tell a service person's story

Writing a biography

       Biography template

       Example Biography


Would you rather...or...WW1 Activity

Writing personal stories

       Example Personal Story - Select the "Personal Stories" tab


Digital Storytelling

'Do it yourself' museum activity


Primary school students

PS - Researching a person

PS - Telling the story of service

PS - Research profile

PS - Research profile large print



 Virtual War Memorial Australia Flickr site - photos and memorabilia