Private Members Statement – Freedom of Speech
November 17, 2015

Archived: State Records honours public servants and First World War centenary

The war service of New South Wales government employees and the contributions to the war effort by NSW government agencies are being honoured in a new exhibition opening this Monday, 27 April 2015, at the State Records Authority of NSW’s Western Sydney Records Centre in Kingswood.

Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet will officially open the year-long Public Service / War Service exhibition next month. Today Mr Perrottet announced a number of new State Records online resources, commemorating the contribution and sacrifice of NSW public servants in the Great War and the Gallipoli campaign.

“These resources include a Flickr gallery of portraits of WWI soldiers, an index of more than 10,000 government employees who served in the war and new Anzac web pages on the Gallipoli campaign,” he said. “The gallery and index will continue to be added to over the course of the Anzac Centenary.

“The new web pages include maps of the Gallipoli Peninsula at either end of the campaign, a report on Anzac battle tactics, photos of Gallipoli souvenirs in NSW and a printed poem for the fallen soldiers left behind.

“’London Gazette reports on the Gallipoli landing and ‘Voices from Gallipoli‘, a selection of letters sent home by soldiers at Anzac Cove and found in probate packets complete the new resources.”

Mr Perrottet said more than 11,000 New South Wales government employees volunteered for military service overseas during WWI and many gave their lives for their country.

“Others fulfilled essential services at home and government departments were transformed to perform wartime roles,” he said. “The exhibition presents stories from the lives of NSW railway and harbour workers, teachers, administrators, printers, nurses, clerks, draftsmen, politicians and police, with detailed profiles on 11 individuals.”

Minister Perrottet will officially launch the exhibition in May.

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