Reflections on a century of service

Below you’ll find short stories about South Australian servicemen and women, their families and their communities. You will also find below the Anzac Centenary Think Piece series contributed by South Australian military historians, authors, academics, educators, and journalists.

To receive the weekly Think Piece via email register here. Some stories have been sources and researched via the RSL Virtual War Memorial which aims to deliver a compelling account of the service and sacrifice of these men and women. Do you have a story about a South Australian individual, family or community that reflects the Anzac Centenary? If so submit your story, photo or video directly to the website at the “submit a story” button. If you want some guidance on how to prepare your story, be sure to contact us at veteranssa@sa.gov.au. Submissions are reviewed  before being posted to the site.

 

Think Piece: Honouring those who served

On 30 May, 1868, a crowd of about 5,000 people gathered, not in Australia, but at Arlington National Cemetery in the United States for the first of what later became […]

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75th Anniversary of The Battle of El Alamein

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Battles of El Alamein. Although lesser known than the siege of Tobruk, it was here where Australian forces proved their mettle in […]

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HMAS Perth hit and suffers casualties in Vietnam

The Guided Missile Destroyer HMAS Perth (ll) was commissioned at Boston, Massachusetts in 1965.  She spent the first eight months after being commissioned in American waters conducting trials and exercises. […]

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Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba

In 1917 Beersheba (today Be’er Sheva) was a strongly fortified town.  It was a section of the Ottoman defensive line that extended southwest and inland from Gaza. It was anchored […]

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Think Piece: Continuing to Serve

Being in the Australian Defence Force is a unique privilege where, as part of a dedicated team, you serve your nation to the best of your ability.  In my experience, […]

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Think Piece: Extended Family

Today a purpose built, first class, modern facility that will meet the mental health needs of veterans well into the future was officially opened by the family of a fallen […]

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VALE – AIR VICE MARSHAL BRENTON JACK ESPELAND AM

21 January 1948 – 29 September 2017 On Friday 29 September the veteran community lost a warrior and one of life’s true gentleman. Air Vice Marshal Brent Espeland AM passed […]

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Think Piece: Train of thought

Reflecting on the Anzacs takes my mind to those who fought past wars, and to those currently serving in our defence force, including my younger brother, Andrew – a Lieutenant […]

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Think Piece: Looking for traces of the First World War: The South Australians in France Project.

While historians have traditionally examined written artefacts such as letters, postcards and diaries in order to make sense of war experiences, today they are increasingly recognising the value of studying […]

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102nd Anniversary service of the Australasian Soldiers Dardanelles Cenotaph in Adelaide Sunday, 10 September 2017

Transcript of the speech delivered at the 102 Anniversary service of the Australian Soldiers Dardanelles Service, by Veterans Advisory Committee member, Paula Dabovich.  Good morning ladies and gentlemen on this […]

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