Department of Defence – Australian Army

This site provides an overview of the Australian Army, including information on its current structure and activities. It also provides some details on army history and traditions with links to other sites including unit associations and army museums.

Australian Army History Unit

The Australian Army History Unit is responsible for developing policy and programs for the collection, conservation, interpretation and promotion of Army history. It also manages the Army’s museum network. This site includes some short articles of selected events in the history of Australia’s Army.

Army Museum of South Australia

The Army Museum of South Australia collects, restores, maintains, interprets and displays items of significance to the military history of South Australia. It is part of the Army Museums network managed through the Army History Unit.

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Defence Honours and Awards

This website provides information on Honours and Awards that are issued from the Australian and Imperial honours and awards systems from World War One to current day.

Australian War Memorial

Includes collection databases, nominal rolls, overview of Australian military history, profiles of Australian military units, military encyclopaedia and photos. Also provides family history research information.

National Archives of Australia

The National Archives holds records about service in the Australian defence forces from Federation in 1901.

World War Two Nominal Roll

The World War Two Nominal Roll was created to honour and commemorate the men and women who served in Australia’s defence forces and the Merchant Navy during this conflict. This site contains information from the service records of some one million individuals who served during World War Two.

Korean War Nominal Roll

This site contains the Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War honours and commemorates the men and women who served in the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force in Korea, or in the waters adjacent to Korea, during the conflict and after the ceasefire, between 27 June 1950 and 19 April 1956. This site contains information from the service records of more than 18,000 individuals who served during the Korean War.

Vietnam War Nominal Roll

The Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans lists approximately 61 000 men and women who served in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in Vietnam, or in the waters adjacent to Vietnam, during the conflict between 23 May 1962 and 29 April 1975.

Returned & Service League of Australia – WA Branch

The RSL has a proud tradition of serving current and former members of the Australian Defence Forces and its allies, and through its Australia-wide network is well-placed to ensure excellence in delivery of service to those who have served their country.

Gallipoli and Dardanelles International

A site that honours and commemorates the Gallipoli campaign at an international level. We are deeply and passionately committed to remembering Gallipoli and to providing educational opportunities for the young people of the countries that fought there, in order that understanding and international accord might be increased.

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The Western Australian Museum

The Western Australian Museum was established in 1891 (as the ‘Perth Museum’) and its initial collections were of geological, ethnological and biological specimens. Indeed, it can claim to be one of the oldest scientific institutions in the state. In 1959, its botanical collection was transferred to the new Herbarium and it continued to concentrate on earth sciences and zoology. The 1960s and 1970s saw the addition of responsibility for developing and maintaining the state’s anthropological, archaeological, maritime, social and cultural history collections

The museum has the following branches:

  • Western Australian Museum–Science and Culture (Perth site; Samson House)
  • Western Australian Maritime Museum (based at Cliff Street, Fremantle)
  • Western Australian Museum–Albany
  • Western Australian Museum–Kalgoorlie-Boulder
  • Western Australian Museum–Geraldton
Aviation Heritage Museum, Bull Creek

This museum provides a unique museum experience of civilian and military aviation through its extraordinary aviation displays, helpful guides and special tours.

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Fremantle Focus

The City of Fremantle, the local government authority for Fremantle, provides Fremantle Focus. Fremantle is a special place renowned for its easy yet vibrant lifestyle. The aim of Fremantle Focus is to provides an opportunity to explore the city of culture, including a guide to galleries, museums, arts and more.

The Western Australian Maritime Museum 

The Western Australian Museum – Maritime provides exhibitions on shipwrecks discovered off the Western Australian coast and Western Australia’s Maritime endeavours. The museum has 3 main sites in Fremantle that bring together Western Australia’s Maritime heritage.

Fremantle Arts Centre

The centre runs a cultural program which includes exhibitions of contemporary visual art and craft, creative arts courses and free music concerts on Sunday afternoons, as well as major concerts from Australian and international acts. The centre participates in local arts festivals and hosts the biennial Perth Writers Festival

The Fremantle Arts Centre is located in an historic landmark building in Fremantle, Western Australia. It was built using convict labour between 1861 and 1868 as a psychiatric hospital, initially called the Fremantle Lunatic Asylum, and later known as the Asylum for the Criminally Insane

Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison is a heritage site with exceptional cultural heritage significance at a state, national and international levels. It is the most intact of all Australian convict sites.

Leighton Battery, Buckland Hill

This heritage site is maintained by the Royal Australian Artillery Historical Society of Western Australia and is the location of previous coastal artillery gun emplacements. The military involvement came about in the early 1900s when defence facilities were built at North Fremantle and on the south side of the harbour at Arthur Head. Buckland Hill made a first-class observation point for the gun batteries. During World War Two a series of underground tunnels were constructed connecting ammunition storage areas and observation posts. These tunnels are now open to the public for special tours.

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WA Now and Then – feature on Army Museum of WA

WA Now and Then is a website that provides you with everything you need to know about the biggest (and best) state in Australia. This is a link to a feature they have completed about the Army Museum of Western Australia.

Western Australia Arms and Armour Society

The Western Australia Arms and Armour Society (Inc) was formed in 1973 by a group of enthusiasts with a common interest in providing a forum for collectors of old firearms and associated memorabilia in this state.

The Society conducts an Annual Militaria and Collectors Fair where members and collectors display their collections and many interesting items have been bought from the general public. Surplus items are also offered for sale or exchange and historians and enthusiasts can purchase books to complement libraries.

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The following web sites may be useful in researching your relatives or identifying and conserving medals, records or souvenirs relating to World War One.

Military History and Traditions

Australian Army history

WW1 Campaigns

Anzac-Gallipoli website
Western Front website

Honours and Awards

Imperial Honours System (pre-1975)
Australian Awards

Basic Information (Name, Rank, Unit, Embarkation, Fate)

Australian Defence Force Academy Website (The AIF Project)
Australian War Memorial website

Service Records

National Archives of Australia via their “Discovering Anzacs” website

Photographs

Australian War Memorial Website “Collections”
National Library of Australia ‘Trove’ website
Grave Secrets Website (mainly SA, but also other states)
Don’t Forget the Diggers Website

Conservation and Caring for Items

Department of Veterans’ Affairs – commemorative memorabilia
Veterans – Victoria – preserving war heritage and memorabilia

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