FORMER Victorian premier Ted Baillieu is encouraging Border residents to find their own link to the Anzacs.
Mr Baillieu lent support to The AIF Project website during a visit to Yackandandah on Saturday, and said it was a useful tool to research Australia’s war history.
The site has details of Australian Anzacs from World War I, listing addresses, date of deployment, relatives and more.
Mr Baillieu said people could find out if an Anzac had lived in their home.
“The most powerful connection of all is the connection with place,” he said.
“We’re encouraging people to discover whether an original Anzac lived in their home, street or town.
“If they did, people should commemorate that.”
A search under Albury brings up more than 500 results, while more than 130 soldiers are listed for Wodonga.
Mr Baillieu showed about 75 people at the Yackandandah Senior Citizens Club how to access the information.
“The most powerful thing we can do to bring the past into the future is to get the next generation to make their own connections to people, places and events that we commemorate,” he said.
“While it’s always tempting for baby boomers and those closer to these events to package up the events and give them to the young, it’s even more powerful if we can show young people how they can find their connections themselves.
“Those connections can be family, but after 100 years that can be difficult to trace.”
Mr Baillieu said people living in homes that belonged to Anzacs could place plaques on their houses in tribute to the soldiers.