Portrait of a British Sailor.

Wartime Photo by the famed photographer Sir Cecil Beaton. Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, CBE (14 January 1904 – 18 January 1980) was an English fashion, portrait and war photographer, diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre. He was named to the International Best Dressed […]

Lest We Forget: The Graves of Fromelles, 1916.

Graves at Fromelles, France following the infamous battle of July 1916.  Photo: (Supplied: Chandler Collection) This week marks 103 years since the World War I battles of Fromelles and Pozieres — two of the deadliest and most gruesome in Australia’s military history. In an attempt to feint and distract German forces who were battling the […]

The Scilly & Netherlands Fake war lasted 335 years.

This war was fought between the Netherlands and the Isle of Scilly, which is located off the southwest coast of Great Britain. The war started in 1651, but like many wars of that era it was not taken seriously and soon forgotten about. Three centuries passed before the two countries finally agreed to a peace […]

Red Flag Over Berlin, May, 1945.

Soviet soldiers raising the red flag over the Reichstag, May 1945. Photograph by Yevgeny Khaldei: The David King Collection at Tate There is an unforgettable photograph of a Soviet soldier raising the red flag over the Reichstag near the end of this momentous exhibition. The soldier crouches at a terrifying angle to hang his victorious […]

Mateship – Gallipoli 1915.

Gallipoli 1915, An Australian carrying his wounded mate to a medical aid post for treatment, Gallipoli, 1915 Photograph: Lt. Ernest Brooks/IWM via Getty Images. So, where was Gallipoli, it was in Turkey and the map below gives you more of an idea of it’s location. Whatever, it was a bloody long way from Australia for […]

Anzac Day, 2019 – LEST WE FORGET.

LEST WE FORGET The 2018 Anzac Day dawn service held by the Currumbin RSL at Elephant Rock on Currumbin Beach, Gold Coast, Australia. Image Credit: Photograph by Dave Hunt/EPA. Source: Armed forces and public mark Anzac Day – in pictures | News | The Guardian

Australian women in WWI.

Nurse Clarice Daley and Sergeant Ernest Lawrence married in October 1915. Clarice of No 3 Australian General hospital and Ernest, of the 1st Light Brigade Headquarters had known each other in Melbourne but their match was not well regarded by Clarice’s family. Ernest enlisted in August 1914 and much had been experienced by the time […]

WWI: Torrens Island Work Camp for German POW’s.

The measures taken against German-Australians in South Australia During the first World War, German settlers in South Australia and Australia became known as ‘the enemy within’ and extreme measures were put in place to deal with the threat felt by the predominately-British population. The names of places that had been named by Germans were changed […]

Ned Parfelt, Newsboy & Soldier, 1896-1918

The newsboy was Ned Parfett, born in 1896, and one of four brothers from Cornwall Road, Waterloo. Tragically, six and a half years after this picture was taken, Ned was killed while serving with the British army in France. He was 22. Ned enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery in 1916, serving as a despatch […]

Australian Families fight to repatriate remains of Korean Vets..

Photo: Private John Philip Saunders (centre) was reported missing in action on the Korean Peninsula in January 1953. (Supplied: Ian Saunders) The search for answers. “I just want closure — all the families feel the same way,” says Ian Saunders OAM. His father, Private John Philip Saunders, was one day shy of 26 when he […]