Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP)

The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) is a collection of historical material relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific dating from 1560 to 1984.

War Office (PRO Series)

The War Office was responsible for administration of British Regiments serving in Australia and New Zealand for much of the 19th century. The Australian colonies depended on British forces for their defence, maintenance of law and order and guarding of convicts.

If searching for military personnel who served in a British Army Regiment in Australia, you must first identify the Regiment in which he served. The best source is the Regiments Index “British Army in Australia” by James Donohoe which indexes Muster and Pay Lists (WO 12).


War Office handbook

Browse the online War Office handbook to locate classes that list and describe records relevant to your research.

Print copies of the handbook are also available in the Library at the Family History and Special Collections Desks:


War Office finding aid

Browse the Guide to the Records of the War Office to locate Classes of records and view digitised documents relevant to your research.

Alternatively, select from the following list, a popular class of War Office records.

(For a quick view of all classes see the War Office Handbook Contents List)

Popular classes of War Office records:

Related records

Records relating to the Military can be found in other AJCP collections:

  • M Series
  • Admiralty
  • Eresources​
    • Findmypast includes 9 classes of War Office records that are not part of the AJCP:  WO 23, 76, 96, 97, 121, 122, 128, 131, 400. Not all classes of British Government records of interest to Australians were copied.