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. Before and after: stories from the paper lab

    12 February 2019

    The Australian War Memorial has a huge collection of items on paper encompassing Australia’s wartime experience from the Boer War to the present day. The conservation of these important pieces of history is the job of our paper lab team. The paper lab recently received a new acquisition, a drawing by an unknown artist titled “Soldier from the Army Medical Corps” (ART94358)

  2. The letters of Captain Charles Edwin Gatliff

    12 February 2019

    Charles Gatliff was one of five brothers who served in artillery brigades on the battlefields of the First World War. For two and a half years he wrote to his father and mother every few days with detailed stories about life on the front line, and routines and simple pleasures away from the fighting.

  3. 'He was a true fighting commander'

    08 February 2019

    Jill Miles grew up hearing stories about her great uncle, Leslie Maygar, and would take his Victoria Cross to school.

  4. After the war

    08 February 2019

    When the Lahey brothers went away to war, their 32-year-old sister Vida was determined to join them.

  5. A wedding beneath the pyramids

    24 January 2019

    On 17 January 1915 an Australian soldier at Mena Camp in Egypt, Private Arthur Adams, noted in his diary: “Wedding in camp. Private of 10th marries a S.A. girl, who comes via England.” But who were the bride and groom?

  6. 'We just had a job to do, and we did it'

    23 January 2019

    When Jim Burrowes went to war in January 1942, he came from a family of seven. By the time he returned, his family of seven had been reduced to three.

  7. 'You survive; you've got no choice'

    18 January 2019

    Daphne Dunne captured the hearts of millions when she met Prince Harry, but behind the pictures of the 98-year-old war widow and the 34-year-old prince is a story of love, loss, and courage.

  8. 'He ... put his head in his hands, and sobbed his heart out'

    14 January 2019

    When Meredith Atilemile was a little girl, she would visit the Australian War Memorial with her father and listen to stories about her grandfather who served on Gallipoli and the Western Front during the First World War. Decades later, she became a voluntary guide at the Memorial and learnt that her great uncle had also served, becoming the signals officer for Brigadier General H.E. “Pompey” Elliott. 

  9. Hiding in plain sight

    08 January 2019

    My heart stops. There he is.

    At the end of another endless click of the mouse – it’s him. Harry. My grandfather. Hiding in plain sight on the Australian War Memorial website.

    “I found you,” I say out loud.

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