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Soldiers' diaries and photographs

Australian soldiers were discouraged from keeping personal records during the First World War, yet many disregarded official advice and their works now...

By jacqui, January 15 2018

News – Travel

Bon appétit!: A foodie’s guide to France

There are many reasons to visit France, one of the most popular being food!

By Sarah Kleven, January 13 2018

News – History

Australian ‘slanguage’ in the First World War

The First World War began more than 100 years ago, yet the language of the trenches is still used every day.

By Sarah Kleven, January 10 2018

News – History

Australia’s Indigenous soldiers

‘God … guard me safely through this strange country … and if he spares me to come back to the homeland, I...

By Sarah Kleven, January 8 2018

News – At the Centre

Interactive technology experience at the Sir John Monash Centre

A high-tech digital experience is being developed for the Sir John Monash Centre, providing visitors with an emotive journey from the moment...

By Sarah Kleven, January 6 2018

News – Travel

Villers-Bretonneux: A region of rich heritage

It has been said that the last witness in war is the ground itself. Today, in France, a unique and wealthy heritage...

By Sarah Kleven, January 3 2018

News – History

Looking back: Australia 100 years ago

As we enter a new year it is timely to reflect on life in Australia 100 years ago. What was occupying the...

By jacqui, January 1 2018

News – History

Billets: A touch of home life

Much of the history of the First World War focusses on the battles, but how did Australian soldiers spend the rest of...

By jacqui, December 30 2017

News – History

How children experienced the First World War

The First World War affected every part of Australian society. Nearly 417,000 men enlisted, while large numbers of women were recruited into...

By jacqui, December 27 2017

News – History

Christmas in the trenches

Christmas, considered by many to be a time of ‘peace and goodwill to all men’, prompted a truce on the Western Front,...

By jacqui, December 25 2017

News – History

Leave for the lucky

Australian soldiers serving on the Western Front were so far from home that some used their leave to venture to another homeland,...

By jacqui, December 22 2017

News – History

'No' to conscription

One-hundred years ago, campaigning over Australia’s second conscription referendum was at its bitter and divisive peak. As casualty lists on the Western Front...

By jacqui, December 20 2017

News – Travel

Christmas markets in France

Christmas is a magical time of year in France, when markets known as marché de Noël add a sense of tradition and...

By jacqui, December 18 2017

News – At the Centre

'Iron harvest' at construction site

More than 180 personal artefacts and relics and 230kg of unexploded ordnance from the First World War were uncovered during construction of...

By jacqui, December 15 2017

News – History

Who was Charles Bean?

Many of Australia’s historical accounts of the Western Front originate from the writings of the country’s Official War Correspondent Charles Bean.

By jacqui, December 1 2017

News – Travel

Battlefield bike tours

One of the most popular ways of experiencing the Australian Remembrance Trail is on a battlefield bicycle tour.

By jacqui, November 29 2017

News – Travel

Autumn: One of the best times to visit France

Autumn can be one of the best times to visit France. Schools go back for a new year, businesses resume operations, and...

By jacqui, November 29 2017

News – Travel

Travelling to France

More than a million Australians visit France every year. Their average stay is two weeks, starting with a spot of culture in Paris,...

By jacqui, November 20 2017

News – History

Tracing your First World War ancestors

Many Australians have an ancestor who fought and died on the Western Front. After all, 295,000 Australians served in this part of...

By jacqui, November 17 2017

News – At the Centre

Tapestry picture emerging

Australian weavers are creating a giant tapestry for the opening of the Sir John Monash Centre in France in April 2018.  

By jacqui, November 16 2017

News – History

Hill 60, Ypres: The peak of military mining

‘Gentlemen, we may not make history tomorrow, but we shall certainly change the geography.’

By jacqui, November 15 2017

News – History

Poppies for remembrance

Poppies have been synonymous with remembrance for more than a century.

By jacqui, November 11 2017

News – History

The Australian origins of a minute's silence

The custom of observing a minute’s silence on Remembrance Day is largely due to one Australian man, soldier and journalist Edward Honey.

By jacqui, November 8 2017

News – At the Centre

Bookings now open

Bookings are now open for the Sir John Monash Centre which is due to open at the Australian National Memorial, near Villers-Bretonneux...

By jacqui, November 1 2017

News – At the Centre

Aboriginal artwork commissioned for Centre

Two Aboriginal artists will draw on their traditional cultures to produce commissions for the Sir John Monash Centre in France.

By jacqui, November 1 2017

News – History

100 years since Passchendaele

October 2017 marked the centenary of the battles of Poelcappelle and Passchendaele when Allied soldiers continued their third offensive to secure the...

By jacqui, November 1 2017

News – History

Base Records Office: Conveying the news

Imagine creating more than 400,000 individual files, nearly 1.5 million letters, and 170,000 telegrams and cables.

By jacqui, November 1 2017

News – Travel

Battle of Polygon Wood Centenary Commemorations

More than a thousand guests attended the centenary commemorations of the Battle of Polygon Wood in Belgium last month. View our photo...

By jacqui, November 1 2017

News – History

General Monash: Hot tucker on the front line

An army marches on its stomach and this belief contributed to Sir John Monash’s reputation as ‘a commander of genius’.

By jacqui, October 23 2017

News – History

Reflective Trail illuminates centenary of Polygon Wood

The Australian Government has created a solemn and thought-provoking experience for those attending this year’s dawn service for the centenary of Polygon...

By Chuck Anderson, September 14 2017

News – At the Centre

The origins of the Sir John Monash Centre

In April 2015, the concept for the new Sir John Monash Centre, sitting adjacent to the Australian National Memorial and the Villers-Bretonneux...

By DVA Author, July 18 2017

News – History

Western Front – where a 'smartphone' was a pigeon

Communications entered a whole new era during the First World War, where new technology began complementing carrier pigeons, messenger dogs and other...

By DVA Author, July 18 2017

News – History

Australian battles on the Western Front

Australians arrived in France in March 1916, and were soon manning a sector of the Western Front.  

By DVA Author, July 18 2017

News – History

Villers-Bretonneux: ’France and Australia together forever…’

One small village in France will forever remember the sacrifice of the young Australians who saved them from German occupation and potential...

By DVA Author, July 18 2017

News – History

Letters from home boost morale

Mail was an incredible morale booster for troops on the Western Front, and a critical lifeline to the world they left behind.

By DVA Author, July 18 2017

News – History

Life in the trenches

Conditions in the trenches on the Western Front were both miserable and fraught with danger.

By DVA Author, July 18 2017

News – History

Five facts about the First World War

While there is so much to learn about the First World War, here are five interesting facts to get you started:

By DVA Author, July 18 2017

News – Travel

Getting to the Sir John Monash Centre from Paris

The Sir John Monash Centre sits near the village of Villers-Bretonneux, just over 140 kilometres north-east of Paris. An easy day trip,...

By DVA Author, July 18 2017

News – History

The Third Battle of Ypres begins

After two weeks of shelling, the third battle of Ypres began on 31 July, 1917.

By DVA Author, July 18 2017

News – History

Australians on the Western Front

In March 1916, hundreds of thousands of young Australians found themselves in north-western France—on the Western Front, where they would soon go...

By DVA Author, July 18 2017

News – At the Centre

Be among the first to visit the Sir John Monash Centre

The Sir John Monash Centre will open to visitors in April 2018, after 27 months of construction.

By Chuck Anderson, July 5 2017

News – Travel

Amiens - Quintessential French treasure

The UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Amiens is less than a two-hour drive from Paris and only half an hour from...

By Chuck Anderson, July 5 2017

News – History

Sir John Monash: the man behind the centre

By the end of the First World War, Sir John Monash had earned a reputation as one of the most innovative commanders...

By Chuck Anderson, July 5 2017

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