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 Western Wolfpack Guerrillas: An Australian Navy vessel cooperated with Korean exiles in a successful assault

    15 June 2020

    Operation Roundup was a combined naval, air and ground operation that took place off the west coast of Korea in 1952 during the Korean War.

  2. “It was bitterly cold...”

    12 June 2020

    Australia and Russia have shared a long history. The sloop Neva was the first Russian ship to visit the Australian mainland, visiting the New South Wales colony in 1807.

  3. The songs of war

    11 June 2020

    He was one of the last officers to be evacuated from Gallipoli, and he was killed on the Western Front, but amid the horror of the war, Frederick Septimus Kelly always found beauty in music.

  4. 'A priceless treasure'

    11 June 2020

    It’s one of the first things visitors to the Australian War Memorial see: a bullet-riddled, steel lifeboat that carried troops of the 13th Battalion ashore during the Gallipoli landings.

  5. Tracing the King’s portrait

    10 June 2020

    In mid-February, the Australian War Memorial received an email from Joanne Tapiolas enquiring about a painting she had read about in a book about South Australia.

  6. Armed Only with their Faith – Australian Padres in the Korean War

    07 June 2020

    The Australian War Memorial has a rich collection of records and objects relating to the service of defence chaplains, affectionately known as  padres.

  7. Squadron Leader Douglas Sampson and the “Camera Spies”

    06 June 2020

    On 6 June 1944, Flight Lieutenant Douglas Sampson strapped into his Supermarine Spitfire Mk XI and flew from RAF Northolt in the west of London, crossing the English Channel before entering German-occupied France.

  8. Leading from the Front

    05 June 2020

    Since the formation of the Australian Defence Force in 1901 many thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have enlisted and served in all three defence services.

  9. Snapshots from Korea

    05 June 2020

    The Australian War Memorial holds an extensive collection of photographs of the Korean War taken by official Australian Army photographers.

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