We wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Orders from the Memorial’s Collection

Please place image, film and sound orders before Monday 28 November, every effort will be made to ensure you receive your orders before Christmas Day.

Orders for books and merchandise from the Online Shop

Please place orders by Monday 12 December to ensure Christmas Day delivery.

The Online Shop will close from midday 24 December 2016 and reopen 3 January 2017. Orders can still be placed during this period but will not be dispatched until after 3 January. If you wish to contact us please email esales@awm.gov.au and we will respond to your email as soon as we return.


Suffering Through Strength

John Hunt

The men who made Christmas Island.

John Hunt’s history of Christmas Island begins in 1899 with the commencement of phosphate mining and continues until 1948, when Australia and New Zealand purchased the mining operation. . Chinese coolie labour opened up the island but at a terrible cost in human lives. The Second World War’s impact on the island was dramatic. The events include the arrival of the body of the "unknown sailor" from HMAS Sydney in February of 1942, Japanese sea and air attacks, and a mutiny by artillery regiment troops that led to surrender of Christmas Island to Japanese forces.  In addition, the Australian connection included the arrival of six Australian soldiers who escaped from Singapore and found their way to the Island.  Twenty British and Australian men were made Prisoner of war and put to forced labour there, before being evacuated to Java. Today Christmas island is an Australian Territory well known for its detention centre for asylum-seekers.

Soft cover, 300 pages.