The Australian War Memorial,
Australian War Memorial
The Australian War
Memorial is situtated in the capital of Canberra and consists of a
shrine, a museum and an archive to and of the Australians that
fought in various overseas conflicts since the late nineteenth
century to the modern day, including the two world wars.
The museum section of
the memorial displays uniforms, weapons and militaria from
Australian soldiers, their allies and their enemies in these
Amongst the many First
World War exhibits
are sections on the Invasion of German New Guinea, the Palestinian
Campaign and the Sinking of the SMS Emden, including one of her
10.5cm Guns. These displays have been photographed below for us by
For details of
opening times, entry prices and further information see the official
Campbell ACT 2612,
Exhibits of German
Colonial and Overseas Interest in the Museum
Display Case of items relating to the
Australian Capture of German New Guinea in 1914
Mauser C96 Semi-Automatic Pistol and Bowie Knife
They are captioned as having been "Captured from the German
Commander in New Guinea". By this they presi#umably mean the military
comander von Klewitz.
Hand Drawn Map of the Battle of Bita-Paka
Close Up of the Hand Drawn Map of the Battle of Bita-Paka, showing
the German strengths at each point of defence.
Items relating to the Surrender of German New Guinea
Australian Ration Biscuit, from New Guinea 1914
Australian Five Mark Note, issued during the occupation of New Guinea
Australian Ten Mark Note
The Radio Station at Bita-Paka by Charles Bryant
Bryant served as an Australian official war artist on the Western
Front in the First World War and went to New Guinea in 1923. This
presumably then shows the radio station as having been rebuilt by the
Australians rather than the original German station which was demolished
by the Germans in 1914.
Plaque from the German hospital for islanders in Rabaul
Display Case of items relating to the Sinking of the SMS Emden by the
Australian HMAS Sydney in 1914
On the left are the SMS Emden's coat of arms, the ship's bell and
wheel. On the right is the ship's bell, wheel and a portrait of Able
Seaman Richard Horne (painted by Charles Bryant) from the HMAS Sydney.
Horne took part in the operations to occupy German New Guinea. He was
later severally wounded and decorated for his bravery in during
the action with the SMS Emden of the Cocos Islands.
Ships' Bells from the SMS Emden
and HMAS Sydney
Naval Cap from the SMS Emden
10.5cm Gun from the SMS Emden in its Turret
Photo © Andrew Melbourne
Model of a Camel of the Australian Light Horse in the Palestine
Although the Australians fought both the Ottoman Turks and the
German Asienkorps in this theatre there are no relics of the German
forces in Palestine on display at the Australian War Memorial.
These photographs show only a very small selection of the Museum's collection on display.
The museum also has a large archive of text and photographic material in its
A visit to the
Memorial is highly
All photographs on this page
Sebastein Grenda, except where specified by Andrew Melbourne and Mike Evans
contact me here if you have more
information or photos on this topic.
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