Our history

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The Australian Army has a rich and varied history spanning over 100 years. Come and explore this history through words, text and images.

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Australian Army History Unit

The Australian Army History Unit is responsible for developing policy and programs for the collection, conservation, interpretation and promotion of Australian Army history.

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Atzera Range Papua New Guinea

Primary materials

A Primary Source is evidence that was produced contemporaneous to the event being studied. This can include newspaper articles, diaries, maps, drawings, journals, orders, reports, instructions, photographs, film or physical objects/artefacts.

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Special Operations Task Group and Provincial Police Reserve members board US Black Hawks from the 82nd Airborne.

Battle Honours

A Battle Honour is the public recognition and commemoration of an outstanding achievement on the battlefield by a unit or formation of the Australian Army.

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DARLEY, VIC. 1944-03-01. VX2 MAJOR GENERAL S. R. BURSTON, CB CBE DSO KSTJ VD, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF MEDICAL SERVICES, TALKING WITH SOME OF THE STUDENTS AFTER HE HAD OFFICIALLY OPENED THE NEW AUSTRALIAN ARMY MEDICAL WOMEN'S SERVICE TRAINING SCHOOL. ON MAJOR GENERAL BURSTON'S RIGHT IS NFX298 SISTER B. J. PAIGE, CHIEF INSTRUCTRESS OF THE SCHOOL.

How to research family history

Researching the service of family members is fairly straightforward, providing you collect as much information as you can from the family.

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The Hutton Trophy

Traditions

A custom is a practice, a mode of behaviour or a particular way of acting in a given set of circumstances; a tradition is the passing down over time of a custom. Today’s soldiers proudly carry on the customs of the Australian Army.

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General J Van Fleet inspecting 3 RAR in Kapyong

History in focus

The Australian Army History Unit focuses on a range of historically significant of events in the history of Australia's Army.

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ART91105 - This work was painted in the studio after Rick Amor returned from East Timor, and now includes a late revision to the work. By eliminating a larger figure in the foreground, the work is designed to lead the eye into the landscape with the purpose of creating a certain mood. The first oddity of 'Rural destruction' is in its colour. A landscape of ashes under grey, unsettled skies sets a tone of jarring coldness in what should be a warm place. The trees retain no tree like qualities, other than forming irregular gashes in the landscape, perpendicular to the horizon. The dominating human presence, Australians from the 108th Field Battery, do not belong here. Their camouflage serves only to startle, to draw attention to the presence it should be hiding. Indeed the sense that much life perished here is evoked in this vision of the aftermath of the massacres that brought the troops in their wake. Amor's landscapes are 'haunted rather than peopled'. Here everyone faces away, each figure is alone and there is no contact between them as they too confront the landscape, the devastation of which is clearly a parallel for the destruction of human life. The desolate resounding damage to the human spirit, that was so wrenching for Australians, is an aspect of the East Timorese struggle that would have played a significant part in the intervention of the peacekeeping forces.

Army Museum Network

The Australian Army Museum Network is a collection of Regional and Corps Museums located Australia wide under command of the Australian Army History Unit.

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