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.

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?

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Building a profile: how to upload your research to the VWMA 

Researching a person - World War 1

   Research Checklist - World War 1

Researching a person - World War 2

   Research Checklist - World War 2


Research Guides - finding and using sources

Reading a Service Record - World War 1

Reading a Service Record - World War 2

Abbreviations and Glossary

Reading a Unit Diary

Finding Photographs

Using Trove

Finding digitised service records - World War 2


How to tell a service person's story

Writing a biography

       Biography template

       Example Biography

Writing personal stories

       Example Personal Story - Select the "Personal Stories" tab

Digital Storytelling



Using the National Archives of Australia (NAA)

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

Analysing images

Primary source organiser

Converting pre-decimal currency (pounds, shillings and pence) - RBA


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