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. Debunking the story of Giles and Bean

    16 September 2020

    It has long been believed that the muddy and torn uniform of Private George Giles was acquired by Charles Bean, but recent research into the event has cast some doubt.

  2. 'It was a real labour of love'

    14 September 2020

    Seventy five years after the liberation of the Ramale internment camp in New Britain, Lisa Hilli, an Australian artist of Tolai heritage, shares the little known story of the 45 Daughters of Mary Immaculate, or F.M.I. Sisters, of the Vunapope Catholic Mission, who had helped save the lives of hundreds of men, women and children during the war.

  3. Recognising Peacekeeping - Marking 73 years in the Field

    13 September 2020

    On 14 September 1947, four Australian military observers entered the field as part of the United Nations Good Offices Committee to Indonesia. Since then, not a day has passed without an Australian serving in a peacekeeping operation somewhere in the world.

  4. 75th anniversary of the liberation of Changi

    05 September 2020

    Today - 5 September 2020 - marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Australian prisoners of war at Changi.

  5. 'If I had my time over, I'd do it all again'

    26 August 2020

    Lloyd Birdsall remembers watching Japanese bombers flying overhead in New Guinea, and listening to the sounds of the planes as bombs fell from the sky.

  6. 'I’ve had opportunities that I could never dream of'

    26 August 2020

    Oscar Comandari was five years old when his family fled war-torn El Salvador in the 1990s for a new life in Australia.

  7. 'I probably should have been killed doing what I was doing'

    24 August 2020

    Corporal Daniel Keighran VC was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the battle of Derapet 10 years ago.

  8. VP Day at the Australian War Memorial

    13 August 2020

    On 16 August 1945, a National Thanksgiving Service was held in front of the Australian War Memorial to mark Victory in the Pacific Day (VP Day). A reported crowd of 5000 people gathered to witness the ceremony and commemorate the end of the Second World War.

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