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Conflicts since 1945

In 1945, with the end of the Second World War and the creation of the United Nations, many people were optimistic that the world was entering a new era of peace. For Australia the following decades were a time of great prosperity.

  • Australia's other Asian Wars by Karl James

    Australians have been serving in south-east Asia for over a decade before the Vietnam War
  • Suffer little children by Nigel Steel

    During the Korean War, thousands were forced from their homes and became refugees
  • One 'Nasho's' war by Elizabeth Stewart

    Despite the anguish, Richard Barry viewed national service as a privilege
  • Impressions of Peacekeeping by Ian Hodges

    A new exhibit commemorates the thousands of Australians who have worked to bring safety to some of the most dangerous places on earth

A model gift by Steve Bullard

An innocent request had a prolonged sequel

Hugh and Harry by Norman H. Young

An act of kindness in 1942 forged a link with a father who died for his country

The desert campaign by Peter Burness

Throughout the First World War the Australian Light Horse was central to British successes in the Sinai and in Palestine and Syria

Conspicuous gallantry by David Stewart

In the heroic charge of the Australian Light Horse against Beersheba, Major James Lawson led the way

Eloquent silence by Elizabeth Williamson

A simple idea began a tradition that honours the sacrifices of war

Bridging the divide by Josephine Kildea

Miss Chomley kept prisoners of war and their families in touch

With grateful thanks... by Joanne Smedley

Dogged detective work adds personalities to rare photographs

Taking it on the road by Sven Knudsen

For ten years the Memorial has been taking the National Collection to Australians far and wide

Who was the man with the donkey? by Emily Robertson

A recent sale has re-ignited a decades old debate about a famous painting

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