Plan your visit
The Australian War Memorial is open to the public with a new temporary entrance.
Visitors will require timed tickets to enter the Memorial galleries, and also to attend the daily Last Post Ceremony at 4:45 pm in the Commemorative Area.
Ticket bookings open now.
Australians at war
Learn about Australia's involvement in war, from the time of the first settlement at Sydney Cove in the 18th century to our peacekeeping roles under United Nations auspices.
Explore a selection of resources related to the wartime experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Please be advised that the following pages contain the names, images and objects of deceased people.
3D Treasures features a selection of objects from our collection in 3D, giving you a closer view of these stories than ever before.
Sufferings of War and Service
The Australian War Memorial has worked with veterans and their advocates to commission a work of art, by artist Alex Seton, to recognise and commemorate the suffering caused by war and military service.
In April 1945, more than 200 Lancaster bombers flew to six different parts of the Netherlands. Rather than releasing bombs over their targets, they would be dropping food as part of Operation Manna. Among those taking part was Harry Aldridge, the first navigator in Bomber Command to be identified as having Aboriginal heritage by researchers at the Australian War Memorial.
During the Second World War, almost every able-bodied man in the Torres Straits signed up to defend their country against the threat of invasion. Among them was Private Peniatha Warria, a 23-year-old Kulkalgal man who volunteered to defend his island home.
In the early morning of 1 July 1916, more than 100,000 British infantrymen were ordered from their trenches in the fields and woods north of the Somme River in France, to attack the opposing German line.