The ability to tell a good story relies on good research.
The City of Charles Sturt will be hosting basic training sessions on researching WWI throughout the centenary commemorative period. Dates, times, locations, and further information on these sessions will be detailed here as they become available.
Researching can be frustrating and lead to many dead ends. Names in historical records are often spelt incorrectly, birth dates may be fabricated, and address details may be different to todays. For this reason we encourage you to try consult a number of different sources.
You may be fortunate enough to have your own records, for example diaries, letters, newspaper clippings, photographs, club minutes etc. If not, many WWI resources are now available online. The Researching WWI - Websites factsheet lists some key websites that are a good starting point for your research. Depending on the topic you are researching there are likely to be many other resources uncovered through a simple ‘google’ search, ie ‘Italians in Australia’, ‘Red Cross’.
Historical societies based in Charles Sturt may also be a good source of information.
- Hindmarsh Historical Society & Museum, www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au/HindmarshFire&FolkMuseum
- Woodville Historical Society, www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au/WoodvilleHistoricalSociety
- Henley & Grange Historical Society, www.henleyandgrangehistory.org.au
- Fort Glanville Historical Association, www.fortglanville.com.au
Don’t forget to keep a list of the title of your sources. You will need to supply this list to us so that we can verify information in your story if required.