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
30 April

1860 —HMVS VICTORIA sailed from Melbourne for service in the MAORI War, New Zealand. This was Australia’s first commitment of forces to fight overseas

1915 — HMA Submarine AE2 was sunk by a Turkish warship in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey. 3 Officers and 17 men were taken prisoner. 4 men died as prisoners of war

1918 — Second attack on ES SALT, PALESTINE. Australian, New Zealand and British troops attempted to recapture the village first taken a month before. The battle was lost at a cost of 2500 troops killed, wounded, or taken prisoner

1941 — The last evacuation ship left Greece, bringing the Greek campaign to an end