Our stories

Australian troops carried out the security at food point distributions in Somalia, 1993.

Our Stories offers a unique insight into the experiences and development of Australia’s modern Army. The collection contains rare oral histories, videos and photographs contributed by individuals and the Department of Defence. Personal accounts were recorded in Australia and in countries where operations have been conducted. Comments made by interviewees represent their personal experiences and opinions; they are not speaking on behalf of the Australian Army or Department of Defence.

Our Stories will grow over time revealing trajectories of change that have taken place since 1989 - the end of the Cold War. This momentous event resulted in a shift in global conflict from largely inter to intra-State violence. From this time, Australia became increasingly involved in various peace operations and wars. Our Army has been at the forefront of Australia’s efforts. Through personal recollections and imagery we come to understand the challenges, rewards and sacrifices made by our men and women.

At present, Our Stories houses materials from five operations – Cambodia, Somalia, Bougainville, Timor-Leste (East Timor) and Afghanistan. You can choose to explore by operation or by theme. In the coming months and years, Our Stories will grow to include accounts of additional operations and key themes. We invite you to come back regularly to follow the journey of our people and our organisation.

Australian Army Soldiers arrive in Somalia


Come and explore Australia's involvement in some of our recent operations: Cambodia, Somalia, Bougainville, East Timor/Timor-Leste and Afghanistan. Read about Australia's contribution in Setting the Scene, then listen and view the moving stories of our people.
Read more about Operations

Flags in Bougainville


Information in this section mirrors the operations path and allows you to discover the stories of our people by following a theme. For example you can read about active service in Cambodia, Somalia, Bougainville, East Timor/Timor-Leste and Afghanistan.
Read more about Themes


Feature stories

Each fortnight we will feature stories from around the Our Stories section of the website. So come back regularly and discover the amazing experiences and journeys of our people.
Read more about Feature stories

An Australian Army Soldier in East Timor


The sources used to create Our Stories are rich, engaging and rare. They combine the wealth of resources housed within the Department of Defence with oral histories and materials donated by individuals.
Read more about Sources

An Australian Army soldier with local leaders, Cambodia


The Australian Army wishes to acknowledge the generous support of individuals and organisations in the creation of Our Stories.  
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