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Ink in the Lines

Tattoos in the Australian Military

Inscribed on skin are their identities as veterans, the commemoration of loss, experiences of trauma and overcoming adversity, the bonds of family and friends, and acknowledging the experiences that make us who we are.

Throughout 2019, The Memorial documented the stories of servicemen and servicewomen through oral history interviews and portrait photography.
Many of the images and stories collected now form the Ink in the Lines exhibition.

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2020 Napier Waller Art Prize

This online exhibition presents finalists in the prize and those entries awarded ‘highly commended’ by the judging panel. The art works reflect the resilience, imagination, skill and humour that members of the Australian Defence Force are well regarded for. They also comment on the challenges and consequences of military service.

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On Patrol with Frank Norton

Korean War 70th Anniversary

Frank Norton was appointed as the Australian War Memorial’s official war artist to Korea in May 1952 to cover the activities of the Royal Australian Navy. These watercolours take us with Norton on his first Korean patrol with HMAS Warramunga.

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Hell No We Won't Go!

Posters from the 1970 Vietnam Moratorium

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first and biggest Vietnam Moratorium protest march, we present the following selection of Vietnam protest posters from the Memorial’s collection.

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On Closer Inspection

Through the use of 360-degree digital video and virtual reality technology, users can view and explore a Mark IV tank, a Bushmaster, and the famous Hudson bomber. 

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John Fairley's Vietnam

The 8 photographs selected from over 600 held in the National Collection that display the challenging roles Australia’s servicemen had during the Vietnam War.  

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Art of Nation

Revisiting the Australian Official War Art scheme

In 1919 official war historian and Memorial founder Charles Bean sketched a design for the building he envisioned would become the Australian War Memorial. That design has been digitally created here for the first time.

This photograph taken by Michael Coleridge in 1967, shows RAAF and American helicopters in the sky and swooping over a rice paddy in South Vietnam as they land troops of the 6th Battalion,

A Walk in the Light Green

I was only 19

This online exhibition focuses on the popular song, I was only 19, which gives a first-person account of an Australian soldier's experience of the Vietnam War. Taking its title from the alternative name for the song, A walk in the light green presents a range of items from the Australian War Memorial’s collection – including items loaned by families involved with the song and a series of interviews ­– in order to flesh out the story behind the song.

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Music and the First World War

Songs have an uncanny ability to express feeling and ideas in simple relatable ways and an amazing knack for bringing people together and galvanise spirt. So it should come as no surprise to discover that song and music of all kinds have always played an important role in times of war.

Vietnam War: Private Frank Baker of the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, hits out in front of villagers watching their first game of cricket near the Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat, South Vietnam, 1967.

Not Just Cricket

Cricket and Australians at War

An exhibition focusing on Australia's involvement in cricket throughout conflicts from the Boer War to Afghanistan.

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Napier Waller Art Prize 2019 online exhibition

The prestigious Napier Waller Art Prize, held in partnership with the University of Canberra, Thales Australia, The Road Home, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, is open exclusively to current and former Australian Defence Force personnel and received 113 entries in its second year.

This online exhibition presents a shortlist of 26 works from this years’ entries, selected by a panel of art professionals from the Australian War Memorial. All shortlisted artists are eligible for the People’s Choice Award, a cash prize of $5,000.

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In Canberra

In Canberra is a project celebrating the cultural holdings of Australia. It is about unearthing, object by object, the vast collection held in Canberra on Australia’s behalf.

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