Government Print Honour Board.

Location: Army Museum of South Australia, Keswick Military Barracks, Adelaide. An ornate polished wooden honour board from the Government Printing Office Staff. It is divided into four sections; the upper section contains the coloured flags of Australia and Britain. The lower section is divided into three columns, the centre column is further divided into two, […]

Australia’s Vietnam Moratoriums.

It was a time of great upheaval in Australia, when the ordinary people said “enough is enough”, and went out into the streets to protest. The conflict in Vietnam was going poorly because the American and Australian Governments  had so badly underestimated the strength and purpose of the North Vietnamese people. The Vietnam Moratorium held […]

‘Bill the Bastard’ – A courageous World War I Horse.

Photo: Sculptor Carl Valerius touching his statue of WW1 war horse Bill the Bastard. Sculptor Carl Valerius enlisted the help of a vet to build a skeleton for Bill’s statue to ensure accuracy. The little-known story of Australia’s greatest war horse will be enshrined in the Anzac legend with a life-size bronze statue.Bill the Bastard […]

Armistice: The origin of the minute’s silence.

The little-known origin of the minute’s silence Photograph by Miyuki Jokiranta Soldiers stand to attention at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Melbourne, November 11, 2015. Using silence to remember war is now an ingrained tradition, but few know its origins are Australian. Across the road from the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, a humble plaque […]

Australia’s Sikh Heroes of WWI.

Harjit’s passion for breaking down prejudice led him to co-found the organisation Australian Sikh Heritage, which aims to promote the ties Australia has with Sikhs. “One part of that rich shared heritage is with Anzacs and the Sikhs, and then a very important touch point in WWII being Manmohan Singh,” he says. Sikh religion branched […]

Black Diggers in WWI.

According to the Australian War Memorial, more than 400 Indigenous Australians fought for the British empire in the first world war. Photograph: Aaron Tait Photography A century after the first world war, Australia has come to eulogise its Anzac diggers for their supposedly unique capacity for mateship, resilience, egalitarianism and sacrifice. In the broad Australian […]

Landscapes of the Western Front, 1914–1918.

One hundred years ago after four years of unimaginable carnage, the first world war finally came to an end. In its wake the conflict left tens of millions dead, many more injured, and vast swathes of land decimated by an estimated 1.5 billion shells on the Western Front alone. The devastation was unprecedented and, thanks […]

Gallipoli: Through the Soldier’s Lens.

Officers of D Company, 10th Battalion eating a meal in their dugout mess. Left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) William Howard Perry, MC; Lt William Stanley Frayne (killed in action 6 August 1915); Lt John de Courey Harrison; Captain Felix Gordon Giles, DSO, Officer Commanding; Lt David Leslie Todd (1915) / A00715. Alison Wishart, Senior Curator […]

Battle of the Somme telegram found in Peterborough.

The telegram was discovered by Peter Plowman — a volunteer with the local Peterborough History Group. Mr Plowman spent his working life in printing businesses and did not know why telegram was kept. PHOTO: Peter Plowman found the telegram while cleaning the Peterborough printing shop. (ABC News: Patrick Martin) The unlikely find had special significance […]