Every object tells a story

All of our artefacts tell the story of toil and sacrifice for every individual affected by war. They include a wide range of material, from film and oral history to work of art, large objects, and personal letters and diaries.

Collection Objects

On this day
29 June

1942 — SALAMAUA , a New Guinea village defended by 300 Japanese troops, was attacked by 70 men of the 2/5th Independent Company and the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles. They killed over 100 Japanese and caused large-scale destruction of airfield facilities, including the radio station and a supply dump. Three Australians were slightly wounded.

1950 — Australia became one of the first countries to commit Navy, Army, and Air Force units to the UN Command for service in Korea