Historical newspapers often carry news about military personel on active service, returned service men and women, and community stories about silent mentors.
Trove holds digitised copies of most Australian national and regional newspapers from 1803 to 1954. This is a good place to find death notices, community news about your mentor, or military service reported in the media.
Google News Archive
The Google News Archive provides facsimile historical newspapers, with a significant collection of Australian papers to the 1980s.
Service Newspapers of World War Two
Digitised copies of over 300 service newspapers from the Second World War. Australian titles include: the First Aider; Salt; Wings; Guinea Gold Australian Edition; and, the A.I.F. News.