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. From Daylesford to Villers-Bretonneux

    23 April 2018

    Dr Lachlan Grant’s office is filled with books and stories about war, but it’s a copy of an old photograph of 12 intricately-carved wooden panels that stands out.

  2. 'If we go, we may as well go together'

    21 April 2018

    Rat of Tobruk, Bob Semple, will be speaking at the Anzac Day National Ceremony. Here he tells his remarkable story.

  3. 'There was a bond of friendship and mateship money couldn’t buy'

    21 April 2018

    Bob Semple turns 98 next month, but he remembers the siege of Tobruk as if it was yesterday. Read part two of his story.

  4. The Red Falcon

    20 April 2018

    Loved and lauded by his German countrymen; reviled, feared and admired by his enemies, Manfred Baron von Richthofen was the First World War’s most prolific ace, shooting down 80 Allied aircraft until he was himself brought down and killed on 21 April 1918.

  5. A walk in the light green

    03 April 2018

    As the Memorial launches an online exhibition marking 35 years since the release of I was only 19, singer-songwriter John Schumann tells the story behind the Redgum classic.

  6. Borneo: Secret Histories

    20 March 2018

    The work of members of Z Special Unit in Borneo was to remain hidden under secrecy legislation for 30 years after the war; the men did not march on Anzac Day and rarely spoke of the events or met with members of their unit.

  7. With the Dayaks in Borneo

    20 March 2018

    Air-dropped into enemy-held territory, a small Allied force prepared the way for the final assault.

  8. 'You just tried your best to keep yourself alive'

    16 March 2018

    He was cut off from his platoon for 14 days with only a couple of biscuits to eat, and was shot by the Japanese at Kokoda, but Cyril Allender still considers himself lucky.

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