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To reference a primary source viewed on a website (i.e. not the original diary), follow the example below:

APA 6 & 7 in-text:

(Department of Veterans Affairs [DVA] & Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards [BOSTES] NSW, 2015)

You must also refer to the diary in your sentence and make it very clear who wrote the entry and the specific date you are referring to e.g. On May 17, 1915, soldier Ellis Silas wrote "........." (in-text reference as above). 

APA 7th reference list:

Department of Veterans Affairs & Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW. (2015). Diary of Ellis Silas - Diary Extract: May 1915. https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/wars-and-missions/ww1/where-australians-served/gallipoli/landing-anzac-cove/ellis-silas-diary-extracts

 

APA 6th reference list:

Department of Veterans Affairs & Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW. (2015). Diary of Ellis Silas - Diary Extract: May 1915. Retrieved from https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/wars-and-missions/ww1/where-australians-served/gallipoli/landing-anzac-cove/ellis-silas-diary-extracts

 

This example follows the rule for citing a speech in APA style, when you don't cite the speech itself but rather the source you found it in, for example a book of famous speeches.