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. 'He ... put his head in his hands, and sobbed his heart out'

    14 January 2019

    When Meredith Atilemile was a little girl, she would visit the Australian War Memorial with her father and listen to stories about her grandfather who served on Gallipoli and the Western Front during the First World War. Decades later, she became a voluntary guide at the Memorial and learnt that her great uncle had also served, becoming the signals officer for Brigadier General H.E. “Pompey” Elliott. 

  2. Hiding in plain sight

    08 January 2019

    My heart stops. There he is.

    At the end of another endless click of the mouse – it’s him. Harry. My grandfather. Hiding in plain sight on the Australian War Memorial website.

    “I found you,” I say out loud.

  3. 'Aviation is still new, but it has set some of us thinking, and thinking hard'

    20 December 2018

    On 20 November 1917,  Lieutenant John Clifford Peel wrote a letter that would become the inspiration for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

  4. 'It was pretty full on'

    17 December 2018

    Don Barnby celebrated his 21st birthday while on patrol in Vietnam.

  5. Finding Teddy Smith

    14 December 2018

    While Melissa Smith knew her great-grandfather was considered one of the finest shearers of the 20th century, little was known about his brother who served during the First World War.

  6. A nation of memorials

    12 December 2018

    They’ve been described as some of Australia’s most ‘sacred places’ and can be found in cities and towns around the country. Now, a National Register of War Memorials aims to record the locations of every publicly accessible memorial in Australia.

  7. Seeking the “Black Rats of Tobruk”

    07 December 2018

    Maxwell James Trengove was born on 9 December 1911 at Kadina, South Australia, to parents William Nathaniel Trengove and Matilda Alice Trengove (née Axford).

  8. Australia and its screw

    07 December 2018

    In the grounds of the Memorial, between the main building and Anzac Hall, visitors can find one of the propellers of the first HMAS Australia. It’s an interesting artefact at first glance, but scratch the surface of its history and it becomes even more fascinating.

  9. 'It's a labour of love'

    06 December 2018

    Steve Hooke was just 19 years old when he was sent to Vietnam – more than 40 years later, he is a voluntary guide at the Memorial.

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