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. Remembering the battle of Hamel

    04 July 2018

    On the afternoon of 4 July 1918, Private Frank Roberts of the 21st Battalion wrote in his diary bemoaning the life of an infantryman. He had just participated in one of the most successful engagements fought by Australians on the Western Front during the First World War, but the 30-year-old orchardist from Hawthorn wasn’t too happy about the early morning start.

  2. 'In the midst of the most tremendous events'

    04 July 2018

    Sculptor Charles Robb wrangled with just over half a tonne of clay to create a likeness of General Sir John Monash to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of Hamel.

  3. ‘An artist draws with his head, not his hands’

    03 July 2018

    Artist Napier Waller lost his right arm after being wounded in the fighting at Bullecourt in 1917, but he never lost his love of art. Today, Napier Waller is also remembered at the Memorial through a new $10,000 art prize which has been named in his honour.

  4. Memorial launches battle of Hamel virtual reality experience

    22 June 2018

    The Australian War Memorial has launched a free state-of-the-art virtual reality experience to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of Hamel.

  5. A fortunate life

    21 June 2018

    He was wounded at Tobruk and taken prisoner at El Alamein, but Ernest Brough never lost his humanity or his will to make it home.

  6. 'The uncle we never knew'

    20 June 2018

    More than 75 years ago Ivor Whittaker disappeared while gathering intelligence during the Second World War

  7. 'Guess you will be thinking I’ve gone up in smoke'

    20 June 2018

    When Australian Army nurse Kathleen Neuss sat down to write a letter home from Singapore on 6 February 1942 she couldn’t have known it would be her last.

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