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Your family's military history

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are warned that the following page may contain images of deceased persons.

Indigenous soldiers seated at an outdoors event

Darwin’s 2007 Reconciliation Week ceremony honouring Indigenous

To find out more about your family's military history you should gather as much information as possible about your relative.  Talk to other family members who may be able to provide you with some basic details such as: full name, date of birth, where born, arm of the defence force they served with and approximate year of enlistment.

Once you have your information, you can begin to research by requesting a copy of their Defence service record. Depending on when they discharged, their service record may either be held at the National Archive of Australia or the Department of Defence.

Once you have a copy of your relative's service record you can research unit histories and their experience in the armed forces.

To assist you, we have provided links to some websites you might find helpful in researching your family history.

Obtaining service and defence medical/dental records


  • Information on commemorative activities
  • State based commemorative services are held in May, and the National service in Canberra is held during the month of July. Dates to be advised in the New Year.

Useful sites

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