Military Heraldry and Technology
The Military Heraldry & Technology collection contains an extensive collection of objects illustrating Australia's military history. Items date from the Australian colonial period to recent wars and peacekeeping activities, and there is a comprehensive range of Australian, enemy and allied forces' material. Most objects were collected on the Memorial's behalf during wartime, or have been donated or purchased since.
The Military Heraldry collection comprises a wide variety of material, including uniforms, the nation's largest collection of Victoria Crosses, a large collection of other significant honours and awards, regimental colours and flags, souvenirs and personal equipment. In addition, the collection contains battlefield relics, some of which were collected by one of the founders of the Memorial, C.E.W. Bean, and by others charged with this activity in two world wars and recent conflicts.
The Military Technology collection comprises thousands of items, ranging in size from a surgical needle to a four-engined bomber. The objects include aircraft, vehicles, vessels, communications equipment, weapons, models, meteorological equipment, medical instruments, cameras, and optical devices.
If you are interested in donating items to the Memorial, please check the donations page and fill in the online donations form.
Please do not bring weapons to the Memorial for donation without first consulting a curator.
Returning lost medals and other items
If you have found a medal, badge or other item you wish to return to an Australian service person or their family, we have some tips and resources to help you try and return items.
Viewing the collection and contacting a curator
Contact Military Heraldry & Technology at the details below to request a viewing of objects not on display. Do not to make travel arrangements until you have spoken with a Curator.
Military Heraldry & Technology section requires at least two weeks’ notice to arrange a viewing but during periods of high demand, including around Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, we may require a minimum of four weeks’ notice. While we do our best to make objects available to the public, there may be occasions where this is not possible at the time requested by the visitor, due to staff availability, item storage restrictions and projects, or the physical condition of the item.
Curators provide limited research assistance only about the Memorial's collection and Australian militaria generally. Please email your enquiry or leave a message on the Military Heraldry & Technology answering service and we will assist you as much as possible. If you require more detailed information, see this list of research agents who use the Memorial’s Research Centre www.awm.gov.au/research/infosheets/research_agents.asp.
Please do not bring weapons to the Memorial for an enquiry without first speaking with a curator.
Military Heraldry & Technology answering service: (02) 6243 4245
PLEASE NOTE: Curatorial staff are not available to conduct viewings, tours, accept donations or answer enquiries on weekends, public holidays or the period between 25 December and 1 January.
Wedding dress from Mrs V B Glover
Infantry Mobility Vehicle
Victoria Cross : Warrant Officer Second Class K A Wheatley, Australian Army Training Team Vietnam.