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
20 May

1941 — German airborne forces began their invasion of CRETE. Allied forces out  numbered the Germans but were poorly equipped due to the rapid evacuation of Greece. Attacks were launched at Canea, Maleme, Retimo, and Heraklion

1943 — Japanese bombers attacked EXMOUTH, Western Australia

1993 — 1 RAR troops returned to Australia after peace-keeping duties in Somalia

2004 — The Australian Defence Force ceased the formal provision of security forces in TIMOR LESTE, handing responsibility to the country’s own Defence Force and Police