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. Our Reconciliation Action Plan progresses to 'Innovate'

    27 May 2020

    The Australian War Memorial has begun implementing its new Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan.

  2. Do you know who this soldier is?

    27 May 2020

    The Australian War Memorial is looking for help to identify a soldier whose photograph was found in South Australia.

  3. Fighting for Country

    27 May 2020

    Timothy Hughes was awarded the Military Medal for  conspicuous gallantry and bravery during the bitter fighting at Buna.

  4. Remembering the Callaghan brothers

    22 May 2020

    Walter Callaghan was one of three brothers killed on the Western Front during the First World War. His mother Mary was invited to unveil the Lithgow Soldier’s Memorial in recognition of the loss of her three sons, but nothing could ease her pain.

  5. A daring escape

    22 May 2020

    When the Germans invaded Greece in April 1941, Bruce Brock and his mates were left isolated and cut off. But with initiative, courage, the goodwill of local Greeks and Turks, and a little bit of luck, they escaped the advancing German forces, making an epic 37-day journey through rugged mountainous terrain and swampland to rejoin their unit in Palestine.

  6. Spanish Flu: The flu went on and on

    21 May 2020

    As the First World War was drawing to a close, and the monumental task of repatriating countless tired and homesick soldiers began, the world faced a pandemic that would be more deadly than “the war to end all wars”.

  7. “Not hard once a fellow gets over the stiffness ...”

    12 May 2020

    Recently, we were cataloguing collection 2DRL/0144, “Extracts from the letters of Private Robert Mactier VC”. In reading Private Mactier's letters, we found mention that his unit had been held in quarantine for the mumps. This obviously resonated with us in the current circumstances!

  8. 'An incredible survivor'

    11 May 2020

    By the time Henryka Shaw was liberated in May 1945, she had survived five concentration camps ­– Krakau-Plaszow, Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Venusberg, and finally Mauthausen.

  9. “We had to walk and walk the endless road to a CALVARY.”

    08 May 2020

    Chrisoula Borda was 16 years old when war came to Crete in 1941. She helped free a prisoner of war, ‘Freddy’, only to be betrayed by her oldest friend to the Germans. A remarkable story of courage and faith.

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