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
21 July

1942 — Japanese forces landed at GONA, New Guinea, with the intention of capturing Port Moresby by an overland route. This was the beginning of the campaign on the KOKODA TRACK

1942 — Coastwatcher SBLT C. L. PAGE, RANVR, was escorted by the Japanese to Nemboe Island, in the Solomon Islands, where he was executed

1969 — A USN Unit Commendation was awarded to HMAS PERTH for “exceptionally meritorious service” in Vietnam