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. 'The man who stopped the war'

    20 April 2020

    When Sergeant Edward McMahon played The Rosary on Gallipoli in August 1915, everyone stopped to listen.

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

    20 April 2020

    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.

  3. Keeping in Contact

    16 April 2020

    “I can’t believe you are away again.” Kathy Swinden wrote these words to her husband, Lieutenant Commander Greg Swinden, in October 2001. It was the third time in eighteen months that Greg had been deployed and separated from his family.

  4. A Sailor's Life

    14 April 2020

    This fifth in a series of articles on the Memorial’s tattoo project and tattoo collections focuses on members of the Royal Australian Navy.

  5. Hall of Memory

    08 April 2020

    The mosaic inside the dome depicts the souls of the dead rising from the earth towards their spiritual home, represented by a glowing sun within the Southern Cross.

  6. Frank McCristal’s Lucky Escape

    08 April 2020

    On 27 August 1918, Sergeant Frank McCristal was a very lucky man. That day his unit, C Company, 30th Battalion, as part of a larger attack, was ordered to straighten the Australian front line near the French village of Foucaucourt.

  7. Jack Millett: the mapmaker of Colditz

    08 April 2020

    Lieutenant Jack Millett was an incorrigible escape artist. Having served in the Western Desert, the young Australian army officer was captured by German forces during the fighting on Crete in May 1941.

  8. Operation Varsity: 75th Anniversary

    24 March 2020

    Today marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Varsity, the Allied airborne crossing of the Rhine.

  9. Coronavirus update

    23 March 2020

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