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TRADITIONSThis introductory gallery provides an overview of the Australian Army, its customs and traditions, ranks and special language, honours and awards and lots of answers to frequently asked questions. Here you can understand the difference between Corporals and Colonels and Companies and Corps.
The museum’s Introductory and Traditions Gallery provides an overview of your visit experience.
Displays in Traditions Gallery. Banks of drawers hold various historic army unit colours and banners held within the museum’s collection
Displays of various army insignia and Australian decorations, honours and awards
Historic Queen’s Colour presented to 1st Infantry Regiment, WA Volunteer Forces, May 1896.
Regimental Colour of 16th Infantry Battalion (The Cameron Highlanders of Western Australia) (CMF) presented in August 1951
Guidon of 10th Light Horse (CMF) presented in March 1928
PRE-1914Covers the British colonial garrisons, Pensioner Guards, Western Australian Volunteer Forces, the creation of the Western Australian Defence Force, overseas deployment in the cause of the Empire and the transition to Commonwealth Military Forces
View of the Pre-1914 Gallery from the gallery’s entrance area.
Long arms and bayonets used in Western Australia 1836-1900
Jackets, swords and items used by British Army garrison troops stationed in colony of Western Australia during 1800’s
Matchstick model of original Pensioner Barracks, St Georges Terrace, Perth. Early Volunteer uniforms on display in background
Uniforms worn by early WA Volunteer Force units
Display covering Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902
WORLD WAR ONEAllows you to explore the ANZAC story in Gallipoli, the Western Front and the Middle East. Woven through the narrative are stories of courage, sacrifice and fortitude of individual Western Australians serving in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) from 1914 through 1918. Adjoining the main gallery are sections covering the campaign from Suez to Damascus and a contemplative area for Remembrance.
Outbreak of World War One
Gallipoli trench scene August 1915
Officer working in trench dugout. Part of the underground trench gallery
Member of Australian Flying Corps in flying suit and flying helmet
German headgear and other items from WW1
Sinai and Palestine Campaign
Lest we forget
WORLD WAR TWOCovers the stories of the Australian Divisions in the 2nd AIF through North Africa, Greece, Crete and Syria. Also included are aspects of defence activities on the home front with the final sections of the gallery covering actions in Singapore, Papua/New Guinea and the South West Pacific Theatre.
Declaration of World War Two
War on the home front, Anderson air raid shelter
Battle of Singapore display
Kokoda Track diorama
Surrendered Japanese swords with captured Imperial Japanese flag signed by Australian and allied personnel in Borneo, October 1945
PRISONER OF WARCovers the experience of capture or internment as a prisoner of war. The stories extend from the Boer War to the Korean War from the perspective of Australians as POWs and Australians as captors. Special attention is given to the POW experiences on the Thai-Burma Railway.
Panel providing summary story of Australians who became prisoners of the Germans during campaigns on the Western Front 1914-18
Operating hut in prison camp hospital on Thai-Burma Railway, showing improvised equipment.
“Mateship”- diorama depicting three Australian POWs from Hintok POW camp, Thai-Burma Railway.
Japanese guard with POW in cookhouse
POW undergoing treatment for tropical ulcers using improvised equipment
Panel providing summary story of Australians who became prisoners of the Italians during campaigns in North Africa during World War Two.
POST-1945This gallery begins with experiences from the Occupation of Japan onwards. From the Korean War onwards, the Australian Army stories in South East Asia are interwoven with experiences in support of the United Nations through to our ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Artefacts from Australia’s involvement in the Korean War 1950-53
Soldiers in uniforms of local Citizen Military Force units 1950s-1960s
Australian Involvement in the Vietnam War 1962-1975
81 mm Mortar crew in action, Vietnam
M60 Machine Gun crew, Vietnam
Australian involvement in Afghanistan
GUNS AND VEHICLESThe Army Museum has as part of its collection several military vehicles, including armoured vehicles and trucks, as well as artillery field guns and heavy mortars, all from various periods. These are on display around the main parade ground and other external locations as well as some located under cover in display sheds adjacent to the main building.
Leopard AS1 Main Battle Tank
25 Pounder Field Gun MK II
5.5 Inch Medium Gun
Field recovery truck
Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier MK I
Centurion MK5/I battle tank