Put your hands on history with these engaging learning resources for any age. Memorial Boxes are filled with real and replica uniforms, equipment, artefacts, and more.

Memorial Boxes can be used to invigorate classroom lessons, inspire historical investigation, and add meaning to commemorative activities. They can also be adapted for use as a therapeutic tool in an aged care facility or as an interactive display in a community museum.

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Memorial Box 1 - Australians in the First World War

The Boxes

There are six different Memorial Boxes available, corresponding to different conflicts or aspects of wartime experience.

  1. Memorial Box 1: Australia in the First World War

    Go back 100 years to a defining moment in our nation's history, and put yourself in the shoes of those who were there.

  2. Memorial Box 3: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wartime service

    Unravel the unique wartime experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and their significant contribution to Australia’s defence.

  3. Memorial Box 5: Women & Children in WW2

    Explore the home front during the Second World War, including the new opportunities amidst the terror and turmoil.

  1. Memorial Box 2: Vietnam: The Australian Experience

    The Australian experience of Vietnam – who went, why, what they did, how they persevered, and the response at home.

  2. Memorial Box 4: Australia Under Attack!

    Go back to the only time in our nation's history that Australia came under direct attack from a foreign power.

  3. Memorial Box 6: Our war in the Pacific, 1942

    This box considers some of the critical events of 1942, when momentous air, land and sea battles were fought close to Australia’s shores.

Borrowing a Box

Memorial Boxes are available across Australia, and are borrowed from our agents in various states and territories. For details on booking a Memorial Box, find your nearest agent and get in touch.


Memorial Boxes are free to use. There may be a fee to cover postage/courier; check with your nearest agent for details.

Links to the Australian Curriculum

The Memorial Box program has been designed to align with the History learning area of the Australian Curriculum. Click here for further information.

Risk assessment

The Memorial Box risk assessment can be found here.

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