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Soldier outside tents at Royal Park Army Camp, Parkville, c1915

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a soldier in full uniform standing in front of a row of tents at the Army Camp at Royal Park in Melbourne during the First World War.

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Serviceman with his wife in Brunswick West, 1940

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a serviceman, Donald Livermore, in uniform, holding his army slouch hat and standing with his wife, Joyce. Joyce is wearing a hat and a coat with a fox-fur collar. The couple looks unsmilingly at the camera. Donald was about to leave to fight in the Second World War.

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Luck of the draw: the Vietnam 'birthday ballot'

How would you feel if your birth date was picked out of a barrel, lottery-style, and you were ordered to report for military duty? This was the fate that awaited the men whose birth dates were chosen in the Vietnam ballot. In this clip, watch the process the Australian government put in place to choose men for this life-changing ...

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Graeme Burgess remembers army training for the Vietnam War, 2006

This is an edited sound recording of a former Australian soldier, Graeme Burgess, speaking about the School of Military Engineering (SME) in Casula in western Sydney where he trained in 1967 before being sent to fight in the Vietnam War. Burgess gives details of the type of engineer training provided at the SME. He also ...

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Serviceman holding his daughter in Brunswick West, 1940

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a serviceman, Donald Livermore, in full uniform holding his small daughter Lorraine in his arms. They are standing in front of the verandah of their home in an inner surburb of Melbourne. Livermore was about to leave to fight in the Second World War.

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Milt Cottee describes RAAF air attacks in the Korean War, 2007

This is an edited sound recording of former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Group Captain Milt Cottee describing attack missions in single-seater Mustang planes such as those he piloted in the Korean War (1950-53). Cottee outlines the range of weapons carried and the types of targets they were used against. He also gives ...

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'Rising sun' hat badge, Australian Imperial Force, c1914

This is a copper alloy military hat badge with a 'rising sun' design. Bayonets of different lengths are arranged to create the semicircular form of the rising sun around a crown. The words 'AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH / MILITARY FORCES' are stamped in two banner-like lines below it. The badge is 62 mm wide and 43 mm long.

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Sleeping soldier, backyard, Auburn, 1939

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a young man, Bernie, sleeping on a mat in the backyard of the Quaife family home in Auburn, Melbourne. He is wearing shorts, a shirt and boots. His head is covered with an army slouch hat. To his left is an upright post used to hold up a clothes line.

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Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion, c1942 - item 1 of 2

This clip from a silent black-and-white home movie shows Torres Strait Islander servicemen undertaking army training drills on Thursday Island (Weiban) during the Second World War. It opens with a long shot of barefoot uniformed men marching in formation, and passing behind a squad of stationary men. It then cuts to shots ...

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'Charles Ulm with his mother and father', 1914

This is a 20.3 cm x 25.8 cm black-and-white photograph taken in 1914, of Charles Thomas Philippe Ulm (1898-1934), aged 16, with his parents, Emile Gustave and Ada Emma Ulm. Charles is wearing a First World War Australian Imperial Force (AIF) uniform.

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Sheet music cover for 'Australia draws her maiden sword', 1885

This is the damaged front cover of a three-page score for the song 'Australia Draws her Maiden Sword'. It depicts Australia as a maiden drawing her long sword and preparing for imminent conflict. Behind her, troops are shown marching out of their encampment. On the bottom of the cover in copperplate are the words 'WRITTEN ...

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Honouring Indigenous defence personnel

How would it feel to fight for your country overseas but, on returning, be denied the service benefits and status awarded to other veterans? As a mark of overdue recognition, ceremonies to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterans have been held across Australia every year since 2007. This ABC News program reports ...