Military Heraldry & Technology contains an extensive collection of objects illustrating Australia's military history. Items date from the Australian colonial period to recent wars and peacekeeping activities, and there is a comprehensive range of Australian, enemy and allied forces' material. Most objects were collected on the Memorial's behalf during wartime, or have been donated or purchased since.

The Military Heraldry collection comprises a wide variety of material, including uniforms, the nation's largest collection of Victoria Crosses, a large collection of other significant honours and awards, regimental colours and flags, souvenirs and personal equipment. In addition, the collection contains battlefield relics, some of which were collected by one of the founders of the Memorial,  C.E.W. Bean, and by others charged with this activity in two world wars and recent conflicts.

The Military Technology collection comprises thousands of items, ranging in size from a surgical needle to a four-engined bomber. The objects include aircraft, vehicles, vessels, communications equipment, weapons, models, meteorological equipment, medical instruments, cameras, and optical devices.

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Viewing the collection and contacting a Curator

The Military Heraldry & Technology collection can be searched using the Collection search database. Descriptions and photographs of over 15,000 heraldry and technology items can be found in the database, with new records being added regularly.

To view items not on display please leave a message on the Military Heraldry & Technology answering service on (02) 6243 4245 or email MHT@awm.gov.au. Please contact the Memorial at least two weeks before your proposed visit. We advise you not to make travel arrangements until you have spoken with a Curator as the item you wish to see might be undergoing conservation care or need to be brought into our main work site. Viewings may be arranged for normal week days, from 9am to 5pm.

For other Australian militaria related questions, please leave a message on the Military Heraldry & Technology answering service on (02) 6243 4245 or email MHT@awm.gov.au.

PLEASE NOTE: Curatorial staff are not available to conduct viewings, tours or answer enquiries on weekends, public holidays or the period between 25 December and 1 January.