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.