Research

Image: Air raid shelters down Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, 1942 [SLQ 166469]

MacArthur Museum Library

The MacArthur Museum maintains a library of books, audio visual products and posters. Visitors are welcome to read the books in the Museum during normal opening hours.

You can go online to view the list of book held by the MacArthur Museum library. Please click this link to view the catalogue online.

Books are available for perusal at the Museum. Please contact the Museum to ensure the material you wish to study is available.

Some primary source documents are kept and catalogued separately as artefacts. These can also be made available by prior arrangement with the Collection Coordinator or senior researcher. These include:

  • A collection of psychological warfare leaflets which would be valuable additions to any study of propaganda in wartime.
  • Diaries of individuals who participated in various aspects of the war, both on the home front and on battlefields.
  • Transcripts of interviews with Mrs MacArthur about her experiences in Australia.
  • Scrapbooks made by Brisbane people at the time, with clippings from newspapers, photographs and personal letters.
  • Guest books kept by Brisbane families who hosted a number of American, British, Australian and New Zealand soldiers and sailors.
  • A few newspapers and yearbooks published by various units during the war.

How do I find out about Australian service personnel?

Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll contains basic information about everyone who served. Full service records are available through the National Archives. For a comprehensive guide to finding Army records, visit this page at the National Archives of Australia.

How do I find out about US service personnel?

US National Archives and Records Administration holds the draft records of US service personnel, which are held separately from veterans’ records.

The draft records for US service personnel provide basic information such as date of birth, home address, level of education and civilian occupation for those men who registered for the draft.

US veteran records can be researched by visiting the Veterans Service Records at the US National Archives.

Specific details on how to request US military service records online, by mail, or by fax can be found by visiting this page at the US National Archives.

Queries

If you have a question, contact collections@mmb.org.au and one of our volunteers will get back to you as soon as possible.

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