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. New uniform from the Sudan

    23 June 2020

    The Memorial has recently received the uniform worn by Private Arthur Connor Barrett of C Company of the New South Wales Contingent to the Sudan. 

  2. “An expensive and vain attempt to take a prisoner”

    22 June 2020

    It was an icy winter’s eve in Korea on 24 January 1953 when 31 men from the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) gathered on Hill 355 for a snatch patrol.

  3. The “Reactionaries”: Buck, Hollis, Madden, Parker and Gwyther

    18 June 2020

    On 9 August 1953, Tom Hollis and Keith Gwyther shared a drink at Britannia Camp near Seoul in South Korea. The men had been released, as part of Operation Big Switch, after more than two years of captivity.

  4. “The grey-headed old bastard”

    17 June 2020

    While many Australians today would not have heard the name Aubrey Coad, Australian veterans of the Korean War will certainly recall the man they nicknamed “the grey-headed old bastard”.

  5. A Look Back at Victorian Age Medicine

    16 June 2020

    While documenting the hazards on display in the South Africa Galleries, the National Collection Hazard Management Project team found a Personal First Aid Kit, which was carried by Daily Telegraph correspondent Frank Wilkinson during his time reporting on the Boer War.

  6. For Our Country awarded highest accolade in 2020 ACT Architecture Awards

    15 June 2020

    For Our Country takes out the highest accolade - the Canberra Medallion - at the 2020 Australian Institute of Architecture ACT Chapter Awards.

  7. The Western Wolfpack Guerrillas: An Australian Navy vessel cooperated with Korean exiles in a successful assault

    15 June 2020

    Operation Roundup was a combined naval, air and ground operation that took place off the west coast of Korea in 1952 during the Korean War.

  8. “It was bitterly cold...”

    12 June 2020

    Australia and Russia have shared a long history. The sloop Neva was the first Russian ship to visit the Australian mainland, visiting the New South Wales colony in 1807.

  9. The songs of war

    11 June 2020

    He was one of the last officers to be evacuated from Gallipoli, and he was killed on the Western Front, but amid the horror of the war, Frederick Septimus Kelly always found beauty in music.

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