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Daniel Wilksch on soldier settlement in Victoria

  • Date recorded: 10 Aug 2015

  • Duration: 34:09

'Land selection files are a fantastic resource if you want to find out how people lived up to 150 years ago.'

–Daniel Wilksch

About this video

In this 2015 Family History Feast presentation, Daniel Wilksch discusses the Battle to Farm website. This valuable resource makes accessible the government records of thousands of returned WWI soldiers who leased farming land across Victoria between 1919 and 1935.

Daniel discusses the different types of records that can be searched for on the website, and offers suggestions on how visitors can add value to the site, including transcribing handwriting, adding comments and uploading documents.

This video includes two short and fascinating interviews with descendants of soldier settlers. 

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Daniel Wilksch is the Coordinator of Digital Projects at the Public Record Office Victoria.