On 25th April 2015 Australia marked the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.
As part of these commemorations, Kiama Library contributed by sharing information with the community concerning those individual men and women from Kiama, Gerringong, Jamberoo and surrounding towns and villages who volunteered to answer the call to arms in places far away.
This contribution consists of theHonour Rolls from Gerringong and Jamberoo, and Kiama’s ANZAC Arch. Select a name from the rolls and a brief on the individual is displayed.
Stories about individuals and their contributions to the war effort. Gratefully we acknowledge the donations and research from our readers that we can share these stories with you.
Memorabilia that the library has procured over time consisting of a dead man's penny, recruitment marches photos and commemorative plaques.
Recruitment marches were encouraged as the attrition war continued. These marches raised many keen men who answered the call.
Kiama was made a recruitment and enlistment centre when war was declared. Here you can find lists of those born in the district
Kiama Military Camp 1916 - located where the pavillion is today, a story full of interest in camp life.Further research is available for the intrepid historian. It is at the bottom of each page of the WW1 Commemoration.
This project is incomplete and ongoing. We encourage any contributions that the public may wish to share that are pertinent to this project. Please contact us for further details.
If you are interested in doing your own research into WW1 veterans, we have published a guideline called "Researching Australian WW1 Soldiers". You are welcome to download it and use it. Also below each WW1 Commemorative page is a comprehensive list of the resources used in the compilation of this material.
The Australian War Memorial has "First World War Official Histories" available online for those interested in more in depth research. Where Australians rest is a list of the places Australian soldiers are buried.
As the centenary of World War 1 is commemorated from 2014 till 2019, the theatres of war where Australians were involved spread around the world. A timeline is available of events that occurred during those four year of the "war to end all wars".
South Coast Waratah Marches through Kiama 1915
WW1 Project Resources
Information available from this website
- Kiama Memorial Arch
- Gerringong Soldiers Hall (Inside)
- Gerringong Soldiers Hall (Outside)
- Jamberoo Honour Roll
- Dead Man's Penny
- Commemorative plaques, scrolls, honour rolls and laid stones
- Post Cards from WW1
- Where Australians Rest