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. 'We were told ... that it could be risky business'

    17 August 2018

    Barney Schinckel was just a young man when he volunteered for 'special training' and joined the secretive Z Special Unit as a radio operator working behind enemy lines.

  2. The stories behind the Last Post

    15 August 2018

    A new book looks at the stories behind the Last Post, the much-loved ceremony of love, loss and remembrance at the Memorial.

  3. 'Nothing could prepare you for it'

    15 August 2018

    As the Memorial prepares for the unveiling of the permanent display of the Long Tan Cross in the Vietnam Gallery, Dave Sabben remembers the battle of Long Tan.

  4. 'Mateship meant everything'

    08 August 2018

    Ninety-eight-year-old Bill Grayden knows all too well about the horrors of war.

  5. The songs of war

    08 August 2018

    He was one of the last officers to be evacuated from Gallipoli, and he was killed on the Western Front, but amid the horror of the war, Frederick Septimus Kelly always found beauty in music.

  6. Reaping the harvest of war

    01 August 2018

    The First World War may have been the first industrialised war, but a key problem was as old warfare itself – food.

  7. Banjo Paterson’s Egyptian publications

    27 July 2018

    The Kia Ora coo-ee magazine was a troopship serial published by Sphinx Press, an independent publisher working out of the AIF headquarters in Cairo throughout 1918. Soldiers would submit their pieces and an editorial board would review them before inclusion into that month’s edition.

  8. Remembering William Allan Irwin

    25 July 2018

    A gun shearer, a crack shot, and a much loved son and brother, William Allan Irwin captured three machine-gun posts before giving his life for a country that didn’t recognise him as a citizen.

  9. Mission: disruption and sabotage

    17 July 2018

    On the evening of Anzac Day, 1986 Rowan Waddy visited Cresswell Chalmers and his family. The two veterans of Z Special Unit had served on clandestine operations involving reconnaissance and sabotage behind enemy lines in the jungles of Borneo. Ten years after the lifting of the official secrecy regarding their work, they had marched under the banner of Z Special Unit and were able to talk about their experiences – although 30 years of enforced secrecy had built a habit of not talking about the war.

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