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. Undeliverable: Return to Sender

    06 September 2018

    David Gerald Evans and Francis ‘Ken’ Evans sent and received hundreds of letters during their overseas service in the First World War. A collection of over 150 of these letters and other documents has recently been donated to the Memorial by the Evans family, shedding light on their war time experiences.

    by Assistant Curator of Private Records Mikhala Harkins

  2. 'We did it for each other'

    03 September 2018

    As a kid, Mark Donaldson VC was always in trouble. He got into fights and would paint graffiti on the sides of trains, but then he turned his life around and did something extraordinary.

  3. 'We don’t leave anyone behind'

    03 September 2018

    Mark Donaldson doesn’t see himself as a hero. But on 2 September 2008, the then Trooper Mark Donaldson made a split-second decision that would change his life.

  4. 'A wonderful example to all'

    27 August 2018

    He was known for his “magnificent fighting spirit and great skill”, but to his family, Squadron Leader Peter Turnbull was the much loved son and brother who gave his all for his country.

  5. Remembering Frank Ryan

    23 August 2018

    Frank Ryan survived the German Spring Offensive of 1918 and the battle of Amiens, only to be killed a few weeks later during the last 100 days of the First World War.

  6. 'We were told ... that it could be risky business'

    17 August 2018

    Barney Schinckel was just a young man when he volunteered for 'special training' and joined the secretive Z Special Unit as a radio operator working behind enemy lines.

  7. The stories behind the Last Post

    15 August 2018

    A new book looks at the stories behind the Last Post, the much-loved ceremony of love, loss and remembrance at the Memorial.

  8. 'Nothing could prepare you for it'

    15 August 2018

    As the Memorial prepares for the unveiling of the permanent display of the Long Tan Cross in the Vietnam Gallery, Dave Sabben remembers the battle of Long Tan.

  9. 'Mateship meant everything'

    08 August 2018

    Ninety-eight-year-old Bill Grayden knows all too well about the horrors of war.

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