Ephemera of the Gulf War 1990-1991 – Thirty years of collecting
Thirty years ago today hostilities between Iraqi and Coalition forces ended, bringing the Gulf War to a close. In commemoration of those who served, and to mark a conflict that resides in the living memory of many Australians, the Memorial has digitised its collection of ephemera from this period as part of the Memorial’s Digitisation Project 2018–2022.
The Memorial’s Gulf War 1990–1991 Ephemera Collection, established at the time of the war, has since grown and been enhanced by donations.
The war had its origins in Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait on 2 August 1990. In response, the United Nations imposed sanctions and a US-led coalition of 35 Nations – including Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and the United Kingdom – was formed.
At home, the Gulf War inspired the first major peace demonstrations since the Vietnam War moratorium marches of the 1960s and ’70s. Demonstrations were held in every major Australian city, attracting large crowds. More than 5,000 people marched through the streets of Sydney for the No Gulf War rally on 15 January 1991.