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. 'It’s always been something that absolutely mystified me - how in the hell we escaped that'

    20 January 2020

    Dr Robert Milford remembers the sound of 88mm shells cracking in the night sky around him as German anti-aircraft fire sought to bring down his Wellington bomber during the Second World War.

  2. 'It must have been absolutely horrific'

    13 January 2020

    David Cripps was just 22 years old when he was killed on board the "hellpship" Rakuyō-Maru more than 75 years ago.

  3. The evolution of military saddlery and harness

    09 January 2020

    Saddlery and harness equipment underwent significant evolution from the early 1800s to 1919 to adapt to tactical and technological changes in warfare. Gerard Hogan is undertaking research to allow curators and collectors to accurately identify this equipment and its parts.

  4. 8mm film - Conservation and Digitisation

    20 December 2019

    The Australian War Memorial’s collection of 8mm film dates to the 1930s and is a significant record of Australia’s military history. The fragile nature of this aging media means that without proper attention a part of our national story could easily be lost.

  5. 'It was just devastation in the family'

    16 December 2019

    Sergeant Melville Beckman Tyrrell was 21 years old when he and nine others went missing aboard Catalina aircraft A24-50 during the Second World War. Almost 76 years later, his grieving family would finally learn what happened to the Catalina that failed to return from its mission in September 1943.

  6. The nurses' general

    16 December 2019

    Dame Maud McCarthy was one of the most highly decorated women’s leaders of the First World War. What many do not know is that Dame Maud was Australian.

  7. The Role of Catalinas in Australia’s War in the Pacific

    13 December 2019

    It is often said that the Consolidated PBY Catalinas were to Australia what the Supermarine Spitfire was to Britain. With an ability to fly long hours at a low altitude at a slow pace (ideal for mine placement), it was one of the most important Allied aircraft of the Pacific War.

  8. Loyal friend, trusted comrade

    11 December 2019

    When Australian servicemen and servicewomen have gone to war they have often been accompanied by man’s best friend.

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