Army Museum Army Museum Tue, 21 May 2019 03:28:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NVA Visitor Mon, 22 Apr 2019 11:42:10 +0000 Read More]]> On Thursday April 18th we had two more special than usual visitors to the Museum.

Ian “Bagzar” Stiles was with the Australian SASR with two tours in South Vietnam. The first in 1966-67 and the second in 1969-70.  Ian also served in the Rhodesian SAS during the “bush wars” 1974-75. He is one of the “SAS legends” and is well written up in histories on the SAS.

Our other guest was Mr. Vo Xuan Thu. Born in Danang in 1950 and now living in Vung Tau.

Mr. Thu is an NVA veteran who served with the 33rd NVA Regiment.

It was the 33rd NVA Regiment that 5RAR was up against in the Battle of Bihn Ba, the 50th anniversary of which is on the 6-8th of June 2019.


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SUNSET CONCERT SPECTACULAR – 2019 Sun, 24 Mar 2019 07:16:20 +0000 Read More]]> The February 2019 Sunset Concert Spectacular was another huge success

As usual there was an interesting program of music presented in a most professional and entertaining manner.

The evening was a credit to the musicians from the Australian Army Band Perth, the Royal Australian Navy Band WA as well as the massed Pipes and Drums from the Australian Army Band Perth; 51 ACU Swan Regiment Drums and Pipes and the Presbyterian Ladies’ Pipe Band.

The entrance of the massed Pipes and Drums always causes a stir and is very colourful.

There was a fly-by with five aircraft in formation. We had a Bushmaster make an appearance as well as the grand entrance of our own M113A.










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LEN HALL – DOCKERS FOOTBALL MATCH Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:02:11 +0000 Read More]]> The Len Hall – Dockers football match will be held on Saturday April 27th as part of our ANZAC Day commemoration.

Over the years since the Australian Army Museum of WA has had a relationship with the Fremantle Football Club (The Dockers), it has primarily been a fundraising activity for the benefit of the museum with AAMWA volunteers (and their family and friends), “rattling tins” outside the football stadium prior to the game.

This football game for the Dockers is an ANZAC Day commemorative event that they have called “The Len Hall Game” (Len Hall being the last 1st AIF 10th Light Horse Regiment veteran). It is therefore held the closest Saturday to ANZAC Day.

While the museum volunteers look after the fundraising, the museum Army staff, especially the Museum Manager, Major Henry Fijolek, arrange the Australian Defence Force (ADF) pre-game ceremonial support. This comprises an Honour Guard of some 30 soldiers, a guard commander,  a senior ADF officer to take the salute, a bugler (for the Last Post), a singer (for the National Anthem) and 4 cadets (for the flag guards).

The Army staff have also been asked over the years to provide Australian military history guidance to support annual special military anniversaries that the Dockers have chosen to commemorate.





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Governor of WA Visit to Army Museum February 27, 2019 Thu, 07 Mar 2019 03:13:51 +0000 Read More]]> Following the recent acceptance of his appointment as Patron of the Army Museum of Western Foundation, the Governor of Western Australia, the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, visited the Army Museum on Wednesday morning 27 February 2019.

He was welcomed by the Museum Manager and the Chairman of the Army Museum Foundation in front of an assembly of the Museum’s volunteers then escorted on a brief tour of the museum.

The Governor arriving at the museum greeted by Museum Manager Major Henry Fijolek and the Foundation Chairman Mr Lloyd Halvorson
The Governor inspecting one of the museum displays with the Curator, Mr Robert Mitchell


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The Great Ride – October 14th, 2018 Thu, 01 Nov 2018 15:03:05 +0000 Read More]]> The Australian Army Museum of Western Australia presents The Great Ride on Sunday October 14th, 2018.

In just twelve days, the Australian 10th Light Horse Regiment covered over 800 kilometres of treacherous desert and mountains in Palestine and Syria ending in the fall of Damascus arriving three hours ahead of Lawrence of Arabia.

The story is beautifully told by Carmel Charlton in a one hour performance as she weaves together an evocative mix of music, images, letters and poems.

Address: Artillery Barracks, Burt Street, Fremantle.
Time: 2pm – 4pm.
Cost: $10.00

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The Landing at the Dawn Wed, 03 Oct 2018 15:03:31 +0000 Read More]]> The book launch of The Landing in the Dawn by James Hurst will be on Saturday October 27th from 1300 to 1500 hours (1.00 pm to 3.00 pm) at the Australian Army Museum of Western Australia, Artillery Barracks Burt Street, Fremantle. Cost $10.00 with parking on site.

The Gallipoli Landing of 25 April 1915 is arguably Australia’s best known battle. It is commemorated each year with a national holiday, services, parades and great media attention. 2015, the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign, was marked by great publicity and the release of many books, articles, films, documentaries and television series. Despite this attention, the Landing is still a poorly understood battle, with the historiography coloured by a century of misinformation, assumption, folklore and legend.

The Landing in the Dawn: Dissecting a Legend – The Landing at Anzac, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915, re-examines and reconstructs the Anzac Landing by applying a new approach to an old topic – it uses the aggregate experience of a single, first-wave battalion over a single day, primarily through the investigation of veterans’ letters and diaries, to create a body of evidence with which to construct a history of the battle. This approach might be expected to shed light on these men’s experiences only, but their accounts surprisingly divulge sufficient detail to allow an unprecedented reconstruction and re-examination of the battle. Thus it effectively places much of the battlefield under a microscope. The use of veterans’ accounts to retell the story of the Landing is not new. Anecdotes have for many years been layered over the known history, established in C.E.W. Bean, Official History of Australia in the War: The Story of ANZAC, Volume I, to cover the existing narrative.

Here, detail extracted from an unprecedented range of primary and secondary sources, is used to reconstruct the history of the day, elevating participants’ accounts from anecdote to eyewitness testimony. This shift in the way evidence is used to reinterpret the day, rather than simply painting it into the existing canvas, changes the way the battle is perceived. Even though more than 100 years have passed since the Landing, and well over 1,000 books have been written about the campaign, much can be learned by returning to the “primary source, the soldier.” The Landing has not been previously studied at this level of detail. This work complements Bean’s by providing new evidence and digging deeper than Bean had the opportunity to do. It potentially re-writes the history of the Landing. This is not an exclusive Australian story – for example, one third of the battalion examined were born in the British Isles. This volume, the most current and comprehensive study since Bean’s, has been rightly described as a major contribution that will change the way the legendary amphibious landing is viewed.

The Landing in the Dawn: Dissecting a Legend – The Landing at Anzac, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915

“At the reaping and the shearing, At the sawmill and the mine,
In the stockyard and the clearing, At the pressing of the vine,
By the campfire of the drover, By the fence with slip rail drawn,
Men will tell the story over
Of that Landing in the dawn.”

John Sandes, ANZAC Day, Landing in the Dawn, 1916

‘This book by James Hurst represents a breakthrough in studies of the Gallipoli campaign and perhaps in battles more generally.’ (Professor Robin Prior).

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Centenary Remembrance Concert – November 11, 2018 Mon, 01 Oct 2018 15:02:39 +0000 Read More]]> Perth Symphonic Chorus – Centenary Remembrance Concert

Faure Requiem
Vaughn Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem
Sunday 11th November 2018 at 4:00pm.

November 11 this year commemorates the centenary, to the very day, of the end of the First World War. Following PSC’s long tradition of ANZAC concert, Perth Symphonic Chorus will mark this significant occasion with a performance on Remembrance Day of the Faure Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, with relevant narration and projections to deepen the meaning of the music’s text and the day’s significance.

Joining Perth Symphonic Chorus will be soloists Sara Macliver and Christopher Richardson along with Igor Sas as narrator. The Perth Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany the chorus. This will be a performance that will move everyone present and help us mark the day with respect and gratitude.

Tickets Perth Concert Hall
Phone (08) 9231 9900
Or Ticketmaster [search for Perth Symphonic Chorus]

Tickets from $58
Purchase a Centenary Remembrance and Messiah ticket at the same time and receive a 10% discount

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Victoria Cross Exhibition Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:05:25 +0000 Read More]]> CENTENARY OF ARMISTICE – VICTORIA CROSS EXHIBITION – THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN STORY.

Featuring six original Victoria Crosses on display.
Largest exhibition in Australia outside of the Australian War Memorial.
August 8th – November 11th, 2018.
Australian Army Museum of Western Australia.
Artillery Barracks.
Burt Street, Fremantle.
10.30am – 3.00pm last entry 1.00pm.
Wednesday – Sunday

Commemorating the centenary of the last 100 Days leading to the Armistice of November 11th, 1918, the Australian Army Museum of Western Australia will present a special exhibition of Victoria Crosses. Each of the six original Victoria Crosses together with the story of their recipient and the action resulting in the award will be featured.

As part of the display, the replica medal groups, photos and citations of all Western Australians awarded the Victoria Cross from Frederick Bell in South Africa 1901 to Ben Roberts-Smith in Afghanistan in 2010 will also be displayed.

Standard Museum entry fees apply. – Ph: 9430 2535.

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10th Light Horse Visit Sun, 23 Sep 2018 15:04:12 +0000 Read More]]> The Army Reserve unit, A Squadron,10th Light Horse, along with Bushmasters and six wheeler vehicles operated by the unit, visited the Museum in October 2017.

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Army Museum Sunset Concert Spectacular – February 25, 2018 Sat, 03 Mar 2018 15:03:52 +0000 Read More]]> The Australian Army Museum of Western Australia Sunset Concert Spectacular was held on February 25, 2018 at the Artillery Barracks, 2 Burt Street, Fremantle.

The concert featured the Australian Army Band Perth, Army Drums and Pipes as well as 51 Army Cadet Unit Swan Regiment Drums and Pipes and the Presbyterian Ladies College Pipe band. Held on the parade ground at the museum, it was appropriately named because it truly was a spectacular and enjoyable evening’s entertainment.

With approximately 1,200 visitors it would have to be seen as a most successful event.

The weather was kind albeit muggy.

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