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Neil Smith on tracing your military ancestors

Speaker(s): Lt Col Neil Smith

  • Date recorded: 25 Sep 2013

  • Duration: 48:56

'And by the time that the fighting ended eight months later, over 8000 Australians lay dead in the jumble of steep ridges and gullies above Anzac Cove and further south at Cape Helius.'

- Lt Col Smith

About this video

Watch as Lt Col Neil C Smith AM discusses the myriad ways to trace your military ancestors in Australia.

Smith introduces us to some of the ordinary, sometimes elusive Australians who have played their part in forging our heritage. He also touches on how best we can trace these men and women.

This Don Grant Memorial Lecture was part of the 2013 Family History Feast.


With over 24 years' Australian army experience, Lieutenant Colonel Neil Smith understands military jargon, abbreviations and the various organisational and recording systems employed by the army, navy and air force.