Welcome to the web site of JJ Sheahan

On this page you will find links to some of the research sites that I found useful in researching the people and events of 21 May 1945.

With the caveat that I am not in any way an expert on military matters of history, these are also links to resources where more information about this event and others may be found. Assuredly, this is but a scratching of the surface.

Australian War Memorialwww.awm.gov.au

– search by service number, placename, unit, etc.

National Archives of Australia – search page: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/

– Service files are available at NAA. WWI files and some from WWII have been digitised and are available online.

National Library of Australia: Trove – Australian newspaper transcription project. Search page: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper?q=

National Archives of Australia: Explosion – 1 RAE Training Centre, Kapooka, 21 May 1945, 1945-1945. Original is held in Melbourne archives. Available online at http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=665683

Peter Rushbrook’s article from 2008: ‘Lest we forget: the Kapooka Tragedy 1945’


Nominal Roll WWII search page: http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/

Military abbreviations:

– Australian War Memorial, ‘Memorial Glossary’, https://www.awm.gov.au/glossary/term-n/

– Unofficial History of the Australian and New Zealand Armed Forces. ‘Military Abbreviations and Acronyms’: http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-asstd/abbreviations.htm

Dept of Veterans Affairs: http://www.dva.gov.au

– look under the ‘Commemorations, memorials and war graves’ tab

Victorian Veterans Virtual Museum:


Indexes of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Queensland, available at https://www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/family-history-research/

Indexes of Births, Deaths and Marriages in South Australia, available at http://www.genealogysa.org.au/resources/online-databases.html

Indexes of Births, Deaths and Marriages in NSW, available at http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/bdm_fh.html#Start

Indexes of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Victoria, available at


The Australians at War Film Archive. Transcripts available for many interviews.


A sampling of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Epitaphs of the War’: http://www.bartleby.com/364/202.html

Paterson, A.B. Happy Dispatches. (1934), available online through Project Gutenberg: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0603451h.html

National Film and Sound Archive www.nfsa.gov.au/clientsurvey

Ryerson Index in Australian Cemeteries Index: www.austcemindex.com/other-sources.php?id=9435589