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Australian Military History

Learn more about the history of Australian military organisations

Find out more about the history of the Australian military


The Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.


Australian Military Service Records

The National Archives holds records about service in the Australian defence forces from Federation in 1901. Find out how to access the records we hold relating to service with the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.


Military Encyclopaedia - Australian War Memorial

The Memorial Encyclopaedia features answers to frequently asked questions about Australians at war. It will allow you to search the contents of the Memorial's databases, and provides links to other resources.


Australian Army History Unit

The Australian Army History Unit is responsible for developing policy and programs for the collection, conservation, interpretation and promotion of Australian Army history.


RAAF Museum

Housed at Point Cook (near Melbourne), the birthplace of the Australian Flying Corps and the Royal Australian Air Force, the museum tells one of Australia's most important aviation stories, that of the second oldest air force in the world.


RAN Heritage Centre

Since the Naval Heritage Centre opened in 2005 over 100,000 visitors, including school groups and private tours have enjoyed and experienced the displays. As well as sampling the fine fare offered by the Salthorse Café, with its magnificent Sydney Harbour view as a backdrop, visitors have enjoyed the hidden gem that is the quiet gardens and grassed areas behind the Heritage Centre for picnics and BBQs.


Anzac Memorial

Located in Hyde Park south, towards its southern boundary.  The Memorial was erected to perpetuate the memory of the men and women from New South Wales who served in the Great War of 1914 - 1918.

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