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. '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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 'You had a job to do ... and you did it to the best of your ability'

    01 June 2020

    Ken Semmler was one of 36 Australians who flew close air support missions with the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.

  8. How embroidery helped Pat Sullivan survive the war

    01 June 2020

    When Pat Sullivan was captured during the Fall of Singapore, he quickly realised he would need a hobby to help calm his mind and combat depression.

  9. The passing of a Second World War commando

    29 May 2020

    Today we acknowledge the recent passing of another Second World War veteran, WX12804 John “Jack” Trelease Hanson, who served with the 2/2nd Independent Company on Timor during 1942 and later with the 2/12th Commando Squadron on Labuan Island in North Borneo in 1945. 

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