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"Digger History"

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What has happened to





Where is "Digger History"?

What has happened to

In short, some material is back at but for the rest you will need to use the archived versions at
Pandora - Digger History or
the Internet Archive - Digger History.

The extensive Digger History website, originally all available through, contained some excellent and well-illustrated material on a huge range of Anzac topics. The material went missing for a fair while, and although much of it has been restored to that original location there are still many sections that can now be accessed only by using the methods outlined below.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF SOURCES: Note that much of the material on Digger History has been reproduced from other sources such as websites without the details of those sources being provided as well. Students and academics who need to acknowledge the source of particular information may need to track down the original source. For example, they could find an uncommon phrase in the material then do a Google search for it (in quotes).

Digger History's sub-title is "An unofficial history of the Australian and New Zealand Armed Services".


Then to find any missing pages, you need to access archived copies of Digger History from Pandora and the Internet Archive:

  Digger History (Pandora Archive)

Pandora has archived four versions of Digger History. The link above is for a copy of the site archived on 6 Mar 2010. Pandora is quick to load but currently does not hold Digger History's "Associate sites" - you need the Internet Archive (see below) for them.


Digger History (Internet Archive)

When using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine it may help to click the "Impatient?" link if the page is very slow to load. However, sometimes you need to be patient for the images to load, and even then they might not all be available.

If the images are important to you, try using both Pandora and the Internet Archive to access a page to see which one is better at providing the images.

The Internet Archive is often unavailable at times of heavy server use, such as during daytime in the USA (roughly the morning in Australia and New Zealand).

Digger History's ASSOCIATE SITES

Many Digger History pages are on its "ASSOCIATE SITES". Digger History's ASSOCIATE SITES appear to be unavailable on Pandora, but they have been archived on the Internet Archive:
- (archived 28 Feb 2009)
- (archived 20 Feb 2009 but now unavailable, 21 Feb 2017)
- (archived 1 May 2008)
- (archived 30 Apr 2008)



How to go straight to an archived page:

If you know the url of the page you want (eg, then it is quicker to go to the page directly:

1. Go to this page: Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

2. Paste the whole url into the "Take Me Back" box, in the box showing "http://".

3. Click "Take Me Back".

4. Click on the latest marked date on the calendar. If the latest page is simply a holding page with advertising links, then you need to try earlier dates until you locate the archived website page.

5. The archived page is displayed (except at times of heavy demand). You may need to wait, occasionally for a few minutes, especially if there are photographs on the page.

The Internet Archive Wayback Machine sometimes works slowly because its main function is storing web pages rather than being an alternative way to explore a site.


Using a Pandora link in the Internet Archive

Sometimes you might have a link to a page in the Pandora archive but you wish to try that link in the Internet Archive instead. And sometimes the Pandora archive might give the message "YOU DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO LIST THIS DIRECTORY.

In such situations, try using the section of the url beginning with "www" and changing the suffix from ".html" to ".htm" (ie, remove the letter l at the end).  Use that slightly shortened url in the Internet Archive.

Here is an example:

1. Right-click on the link Uniforms.

2. Click on Properties.

3. Copy the url from the Properties box.
The url you will be copying is
(HOW TO COPY THE URL: after you have clicked on Properties, right-click on the url itself, choose Select all, right-click on the url again, choose Copy, click OK.)

4. Go to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine

5. Look for the box containing either "http://" or "enter URL or keywords"

6. In this box paste the url and modify it, as follows:
a. Right-click in the box. Choose Paste.
b. Use the arrow keys until you position the cursor immediately before the "www".
c. Backspace to delete the characters between the "http://" and the "www" (ensuring the url begins: http://www)
d. Delete the letter "l" at the end (ensuring the url ends: .htm).

7. Continue from Step 3 ("Take Me Back") in the instructions above for How to go straight to an archived page.




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