Memorial Articles

The Memorial boasts a staff of subject specialists in all aspects of military history and museum practice.

Our Blogs, Articles and our Encyclopedia allow our historians, curators, librarians and exhibition team to share their knowledge and information on Australian military history, the Memorial's vast collection, recent acquisitions, exhibitions and events.

Latest Blogs

  1. Bapaume to Bullecourt: the fighting in France, 1917

    03 April 2007

    At the beginning of 1917 victory seemed nowhere in sight. However for a while, from late February, hopes were lifted. Along the Somme front line and elsewhere, the Germans began to withdraw several kilometres to their newly-developed defensive zone which the British dubbed “the Hindenburg Line”.

  2. Ion Idriess and the legend of the Light Horse

    16 March 2007

    One of the more significant contributions to the legend of the Light Horse comes from the literature of Ion Idriess. A prolific and well loved author, whose books sold in the millions, Idriess is perhaps most famous for his stories set in the outback and Northern Australia. The Desert Column is based on the diaries that he kept throughout the war.

  3. Recovering from loss

    09 March 2007

    Learn about the repair and conservation of sketches by George Lambert prior to display

  4. Seeing is believing (more on the taking of Damascus)

    15 January 2007

    The political background to the entry into Damascus is complex and murky. Yet, only by identifying the underlying web of forces involved, can sense be made of what happened as control of the city passed from the Turks to the Allies.

  5. Gateway to Palestine

    09 January 2007

    Exactly 90 years ago, with the capture of Rafa on 9 January 1917, the Egyptian Expeditionary Force arrived in Palestine.

  6. Christmas in Jerusalem

    22 December 2006

    Read about the fall of Jerusalem to the British and Australians just before Christmas 1917, and their experience. 

  7. Forty Thousand Horsemen

    21 December 2006

    The David Lean film Lawrence of Arabia is one of the more famous examples of art contributing to the Lawrence legend. Lesser known is the Australian feature film Forty Thousand Horsemen which can also be considered as significant for its role in legend making, however, for the Australian Light Horse.

  8. Double trouble

    13 December 2006

    Read about the discovery of a second artwork on the reverse of another during repairs to the frame.

  9. Chauvel on the taking of Damascus

    28 November 2006

    Learn about the papers of General Sir Henry George Chauvel and the scrapbooks made by his Wife, Lady Chauvel documenting his military engagements during the war and offering an insight into his actions and thoughts. 

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