The horror of hellships, death marches, and starvation, and the drama of great escapes, has shaped the public perception of Australian prisoners of war. But there is a more complex story, and the thousands held in captivity during the two world wars and the Korean war cannot define their internment only by these experiences.
Leading historians, veterans, and family members will present new research on what it was like to be an Australian prisoner of war at a conference to be held in Canberra next week.
Australia’s 12-year commitment to the war in Afghanistan has been a mix of tragedy and triumph: soldiers have been killed, Victoria Crosses won, and security and services improved in some parts of the war-ravaged nation. By the end of 2014, international forces will have gone – but what legacy will they have left?
Wednesday 6 February 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. No comments.
To complement Remember Me: The lost diggers of Vignacourt and its unique images of Australians on the Western Front, the Australian War Memorial is showing five classic films that all present distinct visions of the First World War. This is a rare opportunity to see them on the ‘big’ screen.
The Australian War Memorial is looking for people who would like to train to become Voluntary Guides. Applications close soon.
If you enjoy working with the public, are confident about speaking in public and would like to contribute to an award-winning museum, why not apply!
‘It is unlikely that ‘Australia Day’ will ever be wholly forgotten by any who were privileged to take part in that magnificent outburst of giving. […] It seemed as if the whole community had abandoned itself to giving and spending all it had for the sake of the men on service.’
Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918, Volume XI: Australia during the War, pp. 729-730.
January 16, 2013 marks the 5th anniversary of the Commons on Flickr. The pool of images has grown to more than 250,000 from 56 different libraries, archives, and museums around the world.
My name is Thomas Mittwollen. I’m 16 years old and I am in year 10 at Bulli High School on the South Coast. I am currently doing work experience at the Australian War Memorial. In December I was put in Military Heraldry and Technology for one day and was asked to write a biography for Carl Renner.