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. 'They are lifetime experiences I don’t think anyone would forget'

    16 July 2020

    Brian Cooper was a 19-year-old sergeant in Korea when he had to call down artillery onto his own position twice during the battle of Samichon River in July 1953.

  2. 'Memories of war ... remain with you for the rest of your life'

    16 July 2020

    When Maurie Pears was wounded during the battle of Maryang San, he was determined to fight on with the rest of his men. The then 21-year-old lieutenant had lost an entire section of his platoon and was wounded by shrapnel, but pressed on, capturing two hills, including Maryang San, in the space of 24 hours.

  3. Australian nurses in the Korean War

    15 July 2020

    A total of 153 Australian nurses served in Commonwealth hospital units during the Korean War. While based mainly in Japan, they also served in Korea.   

  4. RAAF losses in Bomber Command: understanding the numbers

    15 July 2020

    Flying Officer Colin Flockhart was typical of the many young men who enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War. A boy from the suburbs

  5. Mad Aussies of the Med

    14 July 2020

    This year marks the 80th anniversary of the battle of Cape Spada, the event which made HMAS Sydney (II) and her crew renowned throughout the Mediterranean and the world.

  6. Photographer on deck: Alan White left a valuable record of HMAS Sydney in Korean waters

    14 July 2020

    On 14 October 1951, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Majestic-class light aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney (III) was anchored in Sasebo Harbour, Japan, when warning came of the approach of Typhoon Ruth.

  7. Debbie - A lot more than a truck

    09 July 2020

    The blast happened on Tuesday afternoon, 10 July 2012. Debbie, more formally known as Echo 21 Alpha, struck an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan’s Deh Rawud district in mid-2012.

  8. The Forgotten Official War Artist

    06 July 2020

    Just as the Korean War is often referred to as “the forgotten war” it seems that Frank Norton is the forgotten official war artist.

  9. 'I think we may have found our man'

    02 July 2020

    The mystery surrounding the identity of an Australian soldier whose photograph was found in a trunk in Port Adelaide may have been solved.

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