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Output 1.7 Research, information and dissemination

The stimulation of an interest in and understanding of Australia’s military history by the production of and dissemination in print, broadcast and online media of articles, papers and presentations, conferences, publications and encouraging the conduct of historical research and dissemination of knowledge and understanding of Australia’s military history.

1.7.1Support for research about Australian military history including:

  • The Memorial’s ongoing publications program
  • Encouragement, fostering and contribution to research to further promote the understanding of Australian military history
  • Facilitating access to collection items and military history information including:
    • Reading room facilities
    • An authoritative research enquiry service
    • Online research facilities
  • Retail and online sales channels providing quality military history books and exhibition publications
  • The provision of expert advice to internal and external stakeholders
  • Maintain and grow an online repository of military history articles and resources made available through the Memorial’s website
  • Support for and publication of academic and online articles, Wartime magazine and books by Memorial staff featuring original research and writing

​Target: Continued strong demand for Memorial historical advice, uptake of Memorial research facilities, and as evidenced by statistical analysis relating to Research Centre and online records access and successful publication of original research


  • The Research Centre, supported by subject matter experts in other Memorial Sections including the Photo, Film and Sound, Military History and Military Heraldry and Technology sections, continued to facilitate access to collection items and military history through:
    • 10,882 research enquiries were answered by the Research Centre, with 95,278 pages copied, an 240 per cent increase
  • Four editions of Wartime Magazine were produced over the period, with approximately 27,000 across all editions
  • Publications being finalised include The Long Shadow: Australia’s Vietnam Veterans since the war and For Gallantry : Australians awarded the George Cross and Cross of Valour.
  • Memorial staff continued to publish online articles; contribute to conference papers and book chapters, and present original research, for example:
    • Original publication with In from the cold: reflections on Australia’s Korean War (ANU Press, 2020) edited by John Blaxland, Michael Kelly (AWM) and Liam Brewin Higgins
    • Convening a special half-day symposium titled ‘Reflections on INTERFET’ to recognise 20th anniversary of Australia’s contribution to East Timor now Timor-Leste
    • Book chapter in The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites
    • A lecture titled ‘Australians in the Pacific war, 1944–45'
    • Article titled 'From Great War to Obscurity: Diggers who fought Lenin' in The Weekend Australian

Source: Australian War Memorial corporate reporting against business plan