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 just extraordinary'

    24 April 2020

    Each Anzac Day, Scott Bevan stands quietly in the predawn at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra as he prepares to lead the National Dawn Service. But this year will be different.

  2. Making Hard Tack

    22 April 2020

    Have you ever thought how the Australians at Gallipoli were supplied with food: many thousands of men, at short notice, with no refrigeration?


  3. Remembering the Kibeho Massacre

    21 April 2020

    On 22 April 1995, Private Wayne Jones of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), was one of a small group of Australians in south-west Rwanda who were witnesses to a massacre.

  4. 'My nerves conjured up soldiers everywhere'

    21 April 2020

    When John Mott was captured at Bullecourt in April 1917, he was determined to escape.

  5. Aussies inspired by Gallipoli visit

    20 April 2020

    Before the 2019 World Cup, the Aussie ODI squad spent four days in Turkey visiting the storied Gallipoli peninsula, where 11,000 Australian and New Zealander soldiers perished in a disastrous Allied military offensive.


  6. Menin Gate at midnight

    20 April 2020

    Captain Will Longstaff ​​​​​​ and his inspiration for the painting Menin Gate at midnight.

  7. A lasting legacy

    20 April 2020

    Private George Giles had just fought in the battle of Morlancourt in July 1918 when a tall, thin man in glasses approached and asked if he could have his uniform and kit. The mud-encrusted uniform is now on display at the Memorial and features in a new highlights audio tour.

  8. Aussies humbled by Western Front tour

    20 April 2020

    In May 2018, a century after the end of the war that was supposed to end all future conflicts, Australia's cricketers embarked on a quiet pilgrimage to honour a past generation of young men who fought and fell on the now silent battlefields of Belgium and France.

  9. The nurses' general

    20 April 2020

    Dame Maud McCarthy was one of the most highly decorated women’s leaders of the First World War. What many do not know is that Dame Maud was Australian.

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