Memorial Articles

The Memorial boasts a staff of subject specialists in all aspects of military history and museum practice.

Our Blogs, Articles and our Encyclopedia allow our historians, curators, librarians and exhibition team to share their knowledge and information on Australian military history, the Memorial's vast collection, recent acquisitions, exhibitions and events.

Latest Blogs

  1. Seeking the “Black Rats of Tobruk”

    07 December 2018

    Maxwell James Trengove was born on 9 December 1911 at Kadina, South Australia, to parents William Nathaniel Trengove and Matilda Alice Trengove (née Axford).

  2. Australia and its screw

    07 December 2018

    In the grounds of the Memorial, between the main building and Anzac Hall, visitors can find one of the propellers of the first HMAS Australia. It’s an interesting artefact at first glance, but scratch the surface of its history and it becomes even more fascinating.

  3. 'It's a labour of love'

    06 December 2018

    Steve Hooke was just 19 years old when he was sent to Vietnam – more than 40 years later, he is a voluntary guide at the Memorial.

  4. Invictus 2018: preserving the memories

    27 November 2018

    To help preserve the memories of the Invictus Games 2018, the Australian War Memorial has taken possession of several pieces of games memorabilia, one of which is a lot like some of the competitors: big, strong, and almost unbreakable.

  5. Hidden in the archives: Australia’s Second World War “Kelly Gang”

    26 November 2018

    While working on a current project processing Second World War unit diaries, staff in the Memorial’s Research Centre came across the story of one of Australia’s most interesting companies.

  6. Identifying the Lost Diggers

    23 November 2018

    The Thuillier collection is considered one of the most precious visual records of Australian soldiers in the First World War, but the work to identify the men continues.

  7. 'It’s important to tell these stories'

    23 November 2018

    Epitaph captures the emotional struggle faced by families trying to write epitaphs for their lost loved ones after the First World War.

  8. 'It's very, very special to me: it just gives that sense of peace and calm'

    14 November 2018

    Lady Hicks was just 12 years old when she attended the opening of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on Remembrance Day 1941.

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