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General records

The following records provide general information on the participation of Australian Jews in the Armed Services.

WRITTEN RECORDS 1914–18 WAR, 1914–93
Australian War Memorial (AWM)
This is an artificially created series containing records of AIF headquarters and units. The records were heavily culled after the war to provide source material for the writing of an official history.
Series: AWM25
Quantity: 145 metres
Recorded by: 1918–1920: Department of Defence (I) (CA 6)
[Casualties] 'List of Jewish men in the AIF who have been killed in action or who have died of wounds', 1914–19 AWM25, 171/12
Commissions AIF. Comment by Major General John Monash. Rules as to new commissions. Circulars and memoranda relating to appointments, 1916–18 AWM25, 201/1
Routine Orders. 3rd Australian division. Brigadier General John Monash, Commanding. July–Aug 1916, 1916 AWM25, 707/3 Part 29
Special Order. By Major-General John Monash, Commanding troops, Larkhill, 24 Sept 1916, 1916 AWM25, 713/15
[Parades] March of Dominion troops through London, 3 May 1919, Anzac Day, 25 April 1919. March of Australian troops through London. Copies of orders by Lt Gen Sir John Monash, Commanding, April–May 1919 AWM25, 729/1 part 1
RECORDS ARRANGED ACCORDING TO AWM LIBRARY SUBJECT CLASSIFICATION, 1927–70
Australian War Memorial (AWM)
The series consists of unrelated items dealing with most conflicts and interwar periods from New Zealand 1860–61 to Korea 1950–53.
Series: AWM27
Quantity: 17.8 metres
Recorded by: 1927–1970: Australian War Memorial (CA 616)
[Conduct of Operations:] Letter to the Sunday Chronicle concerning discipline of the AIF, by John Monash, 13 April 1919, 1919 AWM27, 310/81
[Special Orders and Complimentary Communications:] 3rd Australian Division – Message from Sir John Monash, Salisbury Plain (Nov 1916), 1916 AWM27, 354/43
[Special Orders and Complimentary Communications:] Australian Army Corps – Farewell Orders by Lt Gen Sir John Monash KCB VD, 26 Nov 1918, 1918 AWM27, 354/216
AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL REGISTRY FILES, 1913–79
Australian War Memorial (AWM)
Series: AWM93
Quantity: 78.8 mertes
Recorded by: 1919–1925: Australian War Museum Committee (CA 467); 1925–1943: Australian War Memorial (CA 616); 1943–1945: Official History 1939–45 Wa (CA 7040)
Information regarding members of the AIF required by Gen. Sir John Monash, 1930 AWM93, 12/6/39
UNIT MANUSCRIPT HISTORIES 1924–15
Australian War Memorial (AWM)
Series: AWM224
Quantity: 28.48 metres
Recorded by: 1924–1925: Australian War Memorial (CA 616)
Palestine Mule Corps: the Jewish Legion of the Zion Mule Corps 1915, memoirs of S Nissenbaum, written in 1955, 1915 AWM224, MSS612
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1917–18
Canberra
Files in this series deal with the ASRF scheme, administrative matters, state war councils, etc.
Series: A2479
Quantity: 2 metres
Recorded by: 1917–1918: Australian Soldiers Repatriation Fund (CA 1459); 1918–1918: Repatriation Department (I) (CA 16)
Major Isaacson re Home industry for Disabled, 1917 A2479, 17/6
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1919–29
Canberra
Files in this series deal with general matters referred to the Repatriation Department by state branches, MPs, other departments and the public.
Series: A2487
Quantity: 500 metres
Recorded by: 1919–1920: Repatriation Department (I) (CA 16); 1920–1929: Repatriation Commission (II) (CA 225)
Perth Hebrew Congregation Inc: Erection of memorial to Jewish soldiers of Western Australia, 1918–19 A2487, 1919/195
Supply of publications to Major Isaacson, 1919 A2487, 1919/5240
I ISAACSON (Maj.): Suggestions for Repatriation Scheme, 1919–20 A2487, 1920/1793
ARMY GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1939–42
Melbourne
Series: MP508/1
Quantity: 0.72 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1942: Department of the Army, Central Office (CA 36)
Letter to enlist into the militia – from a German Jewish refugee, 1940 MP508/1, 56/701/97
German Jewish refugees enlistment in Armed Forces, 1938–40 MP508/1, 115/702/20
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1952–62
Melbourne
Series: MT1131/1
Quantity: 143.82 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1960: Department of the Army, Central Office (CA 36)
Authority to purchase miniature medals and ribbons. Vic Association of Jewish ex-servicemen and women, 1958–59 MT1131/1, A36/1/286
N/S Feeding of Jewish Soldiers, 1953 MT1131/1, A264/8/43
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1942–68
Melbourne
Series: PT524/1
Quantity: 20.88 metres
Recorded by: 1942–1968: HMAS Leeuwin, Western Australia (CA 4210)
Perth Hebrew Congregation and Jewish ex-Service Association (Defence, Navy), 1942–68 PT524/1, 51/6/16
PROPERTY FILES FOR SITES IN NSW HIRED OR ACQUIRED FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE DURING WORLD WAR II, 1940–48
Sydney
Records in this series document the (large amount of) property in NSW acquired by the Department of Defence during World War II.
Series: SP16/4
Quantity: 30.96 metres
Recorded by: 1940–1946: Works and Services Branch, NSW (CA 965); 1946–1948: Property and Survey Branch, NSW (CA 1599)
[Hire of 'Chelsea Park' at Baulkham Hills by Australian Military Forces, previously occupied by Australian Jewish Welfare Society, for use as Camp headquarters of 1 Cavalry Division], 1941–42 SP16/4, 366
Baulkham Hills – Chelsea Park Training Farm [Occupation by Australian Military Forces of Chelsea Park Baulkham Hills owned by the Australian Jewish Welfare Society. Includes claim for compensation and copies of plans], 1941–44 SP16/4, 745
DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION, BROADCAST TRANSCRIPTS AND PRESS RELEASES, 1939–50
Australia War Memorial (AWM)
Series: AWM80
Quantity: 25.2 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1950: Department of Information, Central Office (CA 24)
[Department of Information – Broadcasting Division;] British press releases – News items of Jewish interest [transcripts], 1939–45 AWM80, 12/57
WRITTEN RECORDS 1939–45 WAR, 1951–93
Australian War Memorial
Series: AWM54
Quantity: 213.5 metres
Recorded by: 1951–1993: Australian War Memorial (CA 616)
[Leave – Recreation] Jewish settlement leave report by members of 2/7 Battalion (July 1941), 1941 AWM54, 449/4/6
[Spiritual Welfare – General:] Short History, Jewish and Arab Peoples – prepared for HQ 16th Australian Infantry Brigade by Chaplain F O Hulme Mair, 1940. Palestine – Journey of Jesus, by Chaplain H Hosur and Chaplain G Sandells, 1940 AWM54, 893/1/1

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Chapter 7
The Armed Services