Australians in World War 1

This guide focuses on Australians serving in World War 1. It also includes some information relevant to Great Britain, other Commonwealth nations and other combatant nations. There is a section on nurses and women's war occupations.

Finding maps

The State Library holds historical l maps of World War I. Some of these have been digitised. You can find them on our catalogue: Go to our home page and click on Search & Discover. Go to the catalogue search box and click the Advanced Search option.

Select the  In subject option  and type in the words World war 1914-1918 Europe maps.  This is the subject search and limits your search to maps and not books.  When you have done the search, you can refine your search by country or region. This search  gives you many digitised maps. The digitised maps have an image of the map  beside each catalogue record. Click on the image to go to the link to the online resource, then click to view an enlarged version of the map. You can zoom in to enlarge the map, and download or print.

If there is no image beside the map, it has not been digitised and you can request a librarian to order the map for delivery to the Heritage Collections Reading Room. Phone 8664 7002.  You can also request delivery of the map on our online request form at Ask a librarian at the top of our homepage. 

Another option to find maps is to search the catalogue for books about World War I with maps in them. Select Advanced Search and add the word maps in one of the search boxes. 

You can find online interactive maps on our online database The First World War. The database is listed on our journals, databases and ebooks page under the heading History.  You need to be a Victorian resident to use the database on your own computer or mobile device. 

Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

The Royal  United Services Institute of Victoria library holds World War I maps. Their library is not online. See their website for details