From the trenches to POW camps, selected artefacts which convey conditions of war from the past 100 years.
The Australian official war correspondent Charles Bean helped create The Dinkum Oil, an early example of the trench newspapers that appeared during the First World War.
The Dinkum Oil today offers a glimpse of life on Gallipoli, revealing not only the concerns and experiences of the men but also their spirit and humour.
This emotionally charged painting is positioned at the heart of the Afghanistan Gallery. The pose was chosen by the subject, Captain S, and reflects an experience he had while serving in the Helmand province. Taking cover behind a low mud-brick wall, he once spent 18 hours under constant fire from insurgents. A fellow soldier had been hit in the leg, and Captain S called in support from an Apache gunship to allow the medevac helicopter to evacuate the wounded soldier.
Curator: Robyn Van Dyk - Head, Research Centre