The Australian Army Museum of Western Australia is the regional museum for Western Australia within the Australian Army History Unit. The Museum is supported by the Army Museum of Western Australia Foundation. Museum operations and services are managed by volunteers within a Department of Defence/Army managed site at the Artillery Barracks, Burt Street, Fremantle. The focus of the collection is to tell the story of the Australian Army in Western Australia and Western Australians in the Army. Galleries cover the period from initial contact through to the present. Collection items include large armoured vehicles and artillery pieces, weapons, uniforms, medals and personal equipment. The social history of military service and conflict is presented through diaries, oral histories, personal archives and personal objects. The collection includes connections to service, next of kin, bereavement, repatriation and commemoration.
The collection reflects the mission of the Museum to tell the stories of the Army in Western Australia and Western Australians in the Army.
The Museum has the largest collection of Victoria Crosses in Australia (4) outside the Australian War Memorial. The Museum's medal collection features not only awards for bravery but also presents with respect the service medals of many Western Australians who honorably served in peace and war. The Museum Archives are used extensively to research the histories of Western Australian raised units holding a range of unique photographs, diaries, records and memorabilia.
Hall of Valour incorporating awards of the Victoria Cross to Western Australians. Military Medal of Sister Alicia Kelly. Original Battlefield Cross of Lieutenant Hugh Russel. Prisoner of War Experience on the Thai Burma Railroad. Repository of Historic Stands of Colours of Western Australian Regiments. Sleeping Beauty Midget Submarine. Japanese Surrender Swords.
The Museum presents its stories and collections in a chronological sequence of themed galleries - Heraldry, Pre-1914, World War One, World War Two, Post 1945, Prisoners of War and Military Technology. Wartime sequences present both home and overseas service. The stories and objects are structured to include individual items and stories, group and unit experiences, operations and campaigns. Impact and context ranges over a similar spectrum from individual, community, regional, national and alliance.
The Museum uses a chronological naming convention generally based on the Gallery themes. The major categories are: Pre 1914 (Prior to 1914), World War One (1914-1919), Inter War (1919-1939); World War Two (1939-1945) andPost 1945 (1945 - ).
Australian Army Museum of Western Australia
Fremantle WA 6160
Adults $15 Seniors $10 Student $10 Family $35
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