Art of Nation
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.
3D Treasures features a selection of objects from our collection in 3D, giving you a closer view of these stories than ever before.
Click on an object and start exploring Australia's military history in 3D.
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.
"On her Majesty's Service"
The On Her Majesty’s Service exhibition toured venues across Australia during 1953 and 1954, with over 200 photographs – shot by “an army photographer” – demonstrating the organisation and achievements of the defence forces in Korea.
Ink in the Lines
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.
The First World War 1914–1918: - Our Island Heroes
In 2019, The Australian War Memorial’s Photographs, Film and Sound Section, working in consultation with the Art Section, commissioned Ricky Maynard to create a series of photographs on the Furneaux Islands in the Bass Strait, with the aim of documenting the legacy of Aboriginal servicemen who left Country from Cape Barren Island and Flinders Island to fight in the First World War.
Over 100,000 Korean children were orphaned or displaced during the Korean War, separated from their parents by death, geography and poverty. Australians in the army, air force and navy regularly interacted with Korean civilians and became deeply concerned by the plight of the children. The children were not forgotten.
On Patrol with Frank Norton
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.
Hell No We Won't Go!
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.
Point Shoot Click
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.
A Walk in the Light Green
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.
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.
Napier Waller Art Prize
Napier Waller Art Prize 2019
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.