POWs on the run

In January 1945, German 20 officers and crew, including Kormoran Captain Theodore Anton Detmers, dug a 40-metre tunnel out of the Dhurringile Prisoner of War camp in central Victoria. Their escape sparked a 10-day manhunt throughout the State. All of the escapees were eventually captured and returned to the camp, with most …

Writing history is in the detail

Blue willow china, lemon delicious and floral carpet; history isn’t just about war and famous people in funny costumes. History is in the great aunt’s lounge room that you visited as a child, that time capsule of tin toys and steamed puddings and jewellery that held memories of lost loves …

Finding the Sydney

In 2007, shipwreck hunters announced that they had found the wreck near the coast of WA. It turned out to not be true but the spotlight was again on searching for the Sydney.

Meet Torchy Blane

Torchy Blane was a sassy, blonde, fictional female reporter who starred in a series of nine films in the 1930s. Produced by Warner Bros.between 1937 and 1939, the Torchy Blane films were popular second features combining mystery, action, adventure, and fun. Read more about Torchy.

HMAS Sydney II

The loss of HMAS Sydney II and its 645 crew in 1941, is one of Australia’s most enduring controversies. The Australian War Memorial has documented decades of research and government enquiries. Explore the archives now.