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Who Do You Think You Are, the television series from Australia and overseas is a salutary lesson in not assuming all was genteel and genuine about our ancestors. Delving into the archives and putting the names on the branches of a family tree though is a sobering and interesting pursuit and particularly so as our own National Archives of Australia has made the search easier with continual updating of files to digital formats so you can find out about the goodies and the baddies online. The ‘Discovering Anzacs’ site a comprehensive collection of all manner of information.
For the annual Family and Community Day, a Canberra holiday, the National Archives was open and available for searching and seeing, with the current major exhibition Life Interrupted: Gallipoli Moments an insight into the campaign from those who were there.
The impressive photograph at the Tathra Wharf is of the first Bega men to enlist c.1914 as they wait to embark on the Merimbula. And it draws you into wondering the story behind the faces, imagining what they experienced and whether they came home. The exhibition continues until 15 November.