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. Von Braun’s earlier space shots

    19 July 2019

    Von Braun had a dream to see humanity travel to space but to Hitler and his party, ‘wonder weapons’ such as the V2 could turn the tide and bring the allies to the bargaining table.

  2. Heth: an artist at war

    18 July 2019

    Norman Hetherington was best known as the man behind Mr Squiggle, the man from the moon, but before he made his name in television, he served as a corporal during the Second World War.

  3. 'It’s probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done'

    12 July 2019

    When Indigenous artist Megan Cope was asked to be an official war artist, she thought of her Uncle Dick, who was killed during the First World War.

  4. A woman interrupted

    05 July 2019

    Nora Heysen was the first woman to be appointed as an Australian official war artist. Join Anne-Louise Willoughby for a free public talk, War and Love - Nora Heysen, about her experiences.

  5. Women in war

    05 July 2019

    Actor Leith Arundel has dedicated almost 15 years of her life to telling the stories of women in war at the Australian War Memorial.

  6. The Simpson Prize 2019 Western Front tour

    01 July 2019

    he Australian War Memorial has a long association supporting the Simpson Prize, the premier history-based essay-writing competition for Australian school students.

  7. Remembering the Fisher brothers

    28 June 2019

    James Fisher was one of eight brothers who enlisted during the First World War. He was wounded on Gallipoli and survived, only to succumb to illness on the day the Treaty of Versailles was signed, officially ending the war.

  8. Framing memory

    27 June 2019

    Imagine trying to work on the reverse of a fragile sheet of glass while looking in a mirror. That’s exactly what conservator Janet Hearne had to do for Framing memory, an exhibition of reverse-painted glass-framed photographs.

  9. Forget me not

    26 June 2019

    It’s a striking portrait of a young man about to head off to war. He stares straight at the camera, the words “Forget me not” carefully painted on the reverse of the intricate glass frame. Sadly, no one knows who he is. His portrait is one of 13 rare and fragile portraits on display in Framing memory, an exhibition of reverse-painted glass framed photographs at the Australian War Memorial.

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