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. '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”.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. '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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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