Researching World War I

This pathway brings together resources and activities for students in AusVELS Level 9 who are researching World War I.  In particular it includes resources to assist with exploring the stories of Victorians and the way in which they were impacted by the war.

The activities in this pathway follow the research process as outlined to students in the Learn Skills section of this website.

This pathway can be used independently or to extend the Unfolding History - WWI Stories education program.

Learning intention

This pathway relates to the depth study of WWI in which students investigate key aspects of WWI and the Australian experience of the war, and could focus on:

  • An overview of the causes of World War I and the reasons why men enlisted to fight in the war 
  • The places where Australians fought and the nature of warfare during World War I, including the Gallipoli campaign 
  • The impact of World War I, with a particular emphasis on Australia (such as the use of propaganda to influence the civilian population, the changing role of women, the conscription debate)


Australia & WWI - information and primary sources from ergo
WWI centenary - links, resources, collections and events from the State Library Victoria website


More to explore

Trove - National Library of Australia database

First World War - Australian War Memorial's resources, articles and links

Australian War Memorial - Incudes searchable databases of people who served, rolls of honour, student resources

Discovering Anzacs - New site from the National Archives of Australia - search records, browse galleries, upload content

Anzac Day - ABC website hosting great resources, interactives (including Gallipoli interactive), timelines, information aimed at students

Imagining Australia Home - Museum Victoria site with information aimed at students, digitised resources and a great curated list of useful links

The Shrine - Education - Information about the WW1 commemorations, comprehensive Teacher Resource Kit

HTAV competitions page - including links to The Simpson prize, the Spirit of ANZAC prize and more

Photograph of a troop ship, 1915.