The National Archives’ holdings on defence date largely from 1901 but include some colonial records, such as those on the Boer War.
Records include :
- service records – personnel dossiers and case files
- administration – how the Commonwealth has managed the defence of Australia
- the forces – Army, Navy, Air Force
- conflicts – Boer War to Vietnam War
- films - Films by and about Australia's defence
- other defence matters – war crimes, weapons trials, disasters