CANBERRA, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Australians and New Zealanders will be able to access a shared archive of World War I records online to commemorate the Anzac centenary, Australia's Attorney- General George Brandis and New Zealand Minister for Internal Chris Tremain said in a press release Monday.
The news was announced on Remembrance Day, a day to mark the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War.
The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was a First World War army corps which comprised troops from the First Australian Imperial Force and 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force that was formed in Egypt in 1915 and operated during the Battle of Gallipoli in Turkey.
The Discovering Anzacs website, developed by the National Archives of Australia, went live on Monday and Archives New Zealand will make their World War I records available on the site from April 2014. "We welcome this opportunity to work with New Zealand to provide a deeper view of our strong Anzac tradition and pay tribute to the ANZACs as we commemorate the centenary of World War I,"Brandis said. "Anzac history is an aspect of our culture that has special significance and the new website will enhance our understanding of the individuals involved, their communities and the era, revealing more of the heritage of both nations,"he said.
Tremain acknowledged the value of sharing service records online to strengthen the two countries' ties. "Our nations have so much in common, including the contribution of our World War I service men and women,"Tremain said. "It is fitting to come together to help our citizens understand more about those who served and the challenges they faced. This will be an innovative and user-friendly website which can only enhance the strong and proud tradition we share."
As well as providing access to digitized Australian and New Zealand service records from World War I, the website will contain other records including files on internment, munitions workers and the Boer War.
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