Discover stories behind the latest exhibitions, fascinating explorations into maritime science and archaeology, and the surprising details of what happens inside (and outside) a modern working museum.

Australian nurses preparing to depart Sydney, May 1940. Photographer: Samuel J Hood Studio, ANMM Collection 00020450

In celebration of military nurses

10 Apr 2019

With the continued public interest in medical-based period dramas thanks to the wildly popular BBC series Call The Midwife, we thought it would be a great time to showcase some fabulous images of wartime military nurses from our collection. 

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The young crew aboard HMAS Voyage. Image: John Withers.

Speaking of history

12 Feb 2019

Collecting oral histories from Navy veterans has been a profoundly humbling experience for volunteer David O'Sullivan.

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This humble fishing trawler led a double life during World War II as part of Operation Jaywick. Image: Andrew Frolows/ANMM.

Operation Jaywick

25 Sep 2018

On the night of 26 September 1943, Australian and British Z Special Unit commandos paddled folding kayaks into Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour, blowing up and severely damaging seven ships.

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The loss of HMAS Patricia Cam

22 Jan 2018

Seventy-five years ago on 22 January 1943, HMAS Patricia Cam was bombed by a Japanese floatplane and sank near the Wessel Islands, in the Arafura Sea off East Arnhem Land in northern Australia.

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Flashback to Christmas 1942

25 Dec 2017

This Christmas Richard Wood, USA Programs Manager, turns back time to 1942 when the festive season in Australia and the USA faced austerity measures and missing family members during World War II but the spirit of the season persevered.

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