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Do you have a family ancestor who served as a soldier or nurse in the First World War? Do you have an old family war diary or set of letters in the proverbial attic? Building upon the skills in the Foundation-level Family History units, Families and War introduces you to researching online military records, and to contextualising diverse experiences of war. The focus is on Australia and Britain during the First World War. Discover more about your family's military past.

Summary 2021

Unit name Families and War
Unit code HAA107
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Dr. Imogen Wegman

Teaching staff

Dr. Kate Bagnall and Dr. Imogen Wegman

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Access and use online military service records.
  2. Read and analyse wartime letters and diaries.
  3. Understand individual lives within the wider history of war, particularly in relation to Australia and Britain and World War One.
  4. Research and write a biographical report of a person’s wartime service or experience.



Teaching Pattern

Fully online


Task 1: Online quizzes x 5 (50% total)

Task 2: Essay, 1200 words (50%)

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