Marking our national day of remembrance

Anzac Day is our national day of remembrance held each year in Australia on the 25th April.

It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by both Australia and New Zealand during the First World War and commemorates all Australian and New Zealanders who have served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. 

The UOW Archives holds a number of special collections of Australians during times of war, three of which have been digitised and are available to explore via Archives Online.

  • The John Robertson Hawke collection comprises some 200 letters written by Hawke to his parents and family during World War 1.
  • The William Agate collection, also from Wold War 1, contains both personal and official correspondence and other material relating to Agate’s military service.
  • The Robert Holman collection comprises handwritten note books and drawing books recording Holmans’ reminiscences of both his childhood and the second World War.

These personal archives give insight into these three men’s lives during war time.

Postcards from the William Agate Collection

Silk postcard to Dear Mum. Writes that he has been recently on leave. Written whilst overseas. To My Dear Mother

Silk postcard to Dear Mum. Writes that he has been recently on leave. Written whilst overseas.

Postcard of Ypres to Dear Dad: William Agate Collection: University of Wollongong Archives, collection D190/039 Remember postcard to Dear Dad

Silk postcard to Dear Dad. Written whilst overseas.

Postcard of Ypres to Dear Mum: William Agate Collection: University of Wollongong Archives, collection D190/36 Remember postcard to Dear Mum

Silk postcard. Bill writes that he hasn't received a letter for a long time and that the shells are a "pest". Written whilst overseas.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.