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 pretty inspiring'

    16 September 2019

    Erin Vink’s great-uncle John Henry Sharpe enlisted for service during the Second World War at the age of 35, but he had a secret.

  2. 'He never got over the loss'

    11 September 2019

    George Bingley was one of three brothers who enlisted during the First World War. They would all serve on the Western Front, but George was the only one who came home.

  3. 'I'm biased, but I think it's the best thing in the Memorial'

    05 September 2019

    It was affectionately known as “the pig” for its ability to fly low and fast during bombing runs, but to pilot Geoffrey Talbot the F-111 was simply “magnificent”.

  4. 'I was lucky'

    03 September 2019

    Eighty years after the start of the Second World War, Ian Hutchison still considers himself lucky.

  5. Ink in the lines: tattoo stories of our veterans

    27 August 2019

    This is the fourth in a series of articles on the Memorial’s tattoo project and tattoo collections.

  6. Remembering the Colenso brothers

    14 August 2019

    The four Colenso brothers enlisted together during the Second World War, but only two made it home.

  7. 'Treated like an outcast'

    08 August 2019

    In late 1952, Desmond Parfitt attempted to order some sandwiches from a shop in the West Australian town of Williams. Despite the fact that he was wearing his uniform and service medals, he was refused service and “treated like an outcast”.

  8. A road to remember

    31 July 2019

    The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia's most scenic drives, but what many do not realise is that the road was built by returned servicemen as a memorial to those who died in the First World War.

  9. The bugle and the breakout

    30 July 2019

    Just before 2 am on Saturday, 5 August 1944, Japanese fighter pilot Hajime Toyoshima sounded the bugle that signalled the beginning of the Cowra breakout.

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