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. 'Aviation is still new, but it has set some of us thinking, and thinking hard'

    20 December 2018

    On 20 November 1917,  Lieutenant John Clifford Peel wrote a letter that would become the inspiration for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

  2. 'It was pretty full on'

    17 December 2018

    Don Barnby celebrated his 21st birthday while on patrol in Vietnam.

  3. Finding Teddy Smith

    14 December 2018

    While Melissa Smith knew her great-grandfather was considered one of the finest shearers of the 20th century, little was known about his brother who served during the First World War.

  4. A nation of memorials

    12 December 2018

    They’ve been described as some of Australia’s most ‘sacred places’ and can be found in cities and towns around the country. Now, a National Register of War Memorials aims to record the locations of every publicly accessible memorial in Australia.

  5. Seeking the “Black Rats of Tobruk”

    07 December 2018

    Maxwell James Trengove was born on 9 December 1911 at Kadina, South Australia, to parents William Nathaniel Trengove and Matilda Alice Trengove (née Axford).

  6. Australia and its screw

    07 December 2018

    In the grounds of the Memorial, between the main building and Anzac Hall, visitors can find one of the propellers of the first HMAS Australia. It’s an interesting artefact at first glance, but scratch the surface of its history and it becomes even more fascinating.

  7. 'It's a labour of love'

    06 December 2018

    Steve Hooke was just 19 years old when he was sent to Vietnam – more than 40 years later, he is a voluntary guide at the Memorial.

  8. Invictus 2018: preserving the memories

    27 November 2018

    To help preserve the memories of the Invictus Games 2018, the Australian War Memorial has taken possession of several pieces of games memorabilia, one of which is a lot like some of the competitors: big, strong, and almost unbreakable.

  9. Hidden in the archives: Australia’s Second World War “Kelly Gang”

    26 November 2018

    While working on a current project processing Second World War unit diaries, staff in the Memorial’s Research Centre came across the story of one of Australia’s most interesting companies.

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