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. The Spanish flu in the Pacific

    18 November 2020

    “Spanish flu”, as it was known, spread across the globe with alarming speed. When the pandemic reached the Pacific in November 1918 it caused widespread havoc. 

  2. 'It is a little-known story that deserves to be widely known'

    13 November 2020

    When two platoons came under fire from hostile machine-guns at Chuignes on 23 August 1918, George Matthews sprang into action.

  3. 'I’ve been very, very lucky'

    11 November 2020

    Dr Edward Fleming was a 19-year-old training to be a Lancaster bomber pilot when he and his crew became horribly lost in bad weather over Britain during the Second World War. The flight almost ended in tragedy.

  4. Remembering Christopher Carter

    10 November 2020

    Major General Marcus Thompson always knew his great-great uncle fought and died during the First World War, but the details of his ancestry were far less clear.

  5. “Get for your lives, there’s a bomb in the trench!”

    09 November 2020

    Sergeant David Emmett Coyne was awarded the Albert Medal in Gold, the only member of the AIF in the First World War to receive such an honour.

  6. Remembering Warrior Spirit

    09 November 2020

    Daniel Hodgekiss, a Ngarrindjeri man, enlisted in the AIF at Mildura in February 1916. For 88 years his grave remained unmarked until a local historian enlisted the help of the Mildura RSL and the Office of Australian War Graves.

  7. The curious case of the Emden Bell

    09 November 2020

    The tale of the Emden Bell is one of the more unusual stories from the Memorial’s collection.

  8. 'It's about respect, and recognising people for who they are'

    08 November 2020

    Imagine having to lie about who you are to serve your country. That’s exactly what one soldier had to do to enlist during the Second World War. One of thousands of Indigenous Australians who served during the war, his name is now recorded on the Australian War Memorial’s new Second World War Indigenous Service List.

  9. The Farrell brothers

    06 November 2020

    Local war memorials often give a glimpse of the past through the names inscribed on their surface.

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