- Box 1: Australia in the First World War
- Box 2: Vietnam: the Australian experience
- Box 3: Too Dark for the Light Horse: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Defence Forces
- Box 4: Australia Under Attack!
- Box 5: We Want to Do More: The Experience of Women and Children during the Second World War
- Box 6: Our War in the Pacific, 1942
The Australian War Memorial in Canberra has kindly made six memorial boxes available to Social Education teachers via SEV. The boxes include information booklets and artefacts that students can handle. The Teachers' Notes in the boxes help teachers adapt the material to help students of all ages gain a better understanding of war and its impact on Australian society.
They can be borrowed for 2 1/2 weeks from SEV for a small handling and administrative fee which is further subsidised for SEV members. For 2013 the charges will be $60 for non-members, $50 for members.
Contact the SEV office on (03) 9349 4957 for bookings. Bookings will only be taken by phone. We will respond to any phone messages about Memorial Boxes at our earliest convenience, but the booking must be completed over the phone in person.
Bookings are made for set periods of 2 1/2 weeks. There is maximum booking of two boxes per school (or other organisation) per year.
Please note: Boxes are sent out from SEV by courier on a Tuesday, with aim of them reaching the school (or other organisation) by Wednesday. SEV has limited control over the actual delivery date, and for regional or remote locations the actual delivery date may be as late as Friday.
Box inventories can now be downloaded in PDF format, so teachers can check the list of items within each box in advance to assess its suitability.
Bookings for 2013
Bookings are being taken for Memorial Boxes as of now. Bookings will be only be taken by phone. Booking periods for 2013 are given immediately below.
Booking periods for 2013
Booking periods for the rest of 2013 will be as follows:
Term 2: 29/5/13 - 14/6/13
Term 3: 17/7/13 - 2/8/13; 7/8/13 - 23/8/13; 28/8/13 - 13/9/13
Term 4: 9/10/13 - 25/10/13; 30/10/13 - 15/11/13; 20/11/13 - 6/12/13
Various home-front issues, such as the conscription debate and the repatriation of soldiers, are discussed. The box explores, through case studies and copies of correspondence, the sense of longing and loss experienced both by those who went away and by their loved ones who waited at home.
Download Box 1A inventory here, or Box 1B inventory here.
Australian servicemen and women in Vietnam were part of a multi-national Allied Force. However, the perspective that many young Australians have of this war is garnered from American film and television. This box aims to present schools with the Australian experience of the conflict – who went, why, what they did, how they persevered and the response at home.
Download Box 2 inventory here.
The case studies highlight the bravery and contribution of Indigenous people at a time in our history when they were making sacrifices on behalf of a country in which they were marginalised.
Download Box 3 inventory here.
The wider impact of war on Australian life is also discussed - separation, civil defence, rationing, air raids and evacuations, and the government’s austerity campaign. The social impact of the influx of thousands of American defence personnel is also examined.
Download Box 4A inventory here, or Box 4B inventory here.
Download Box 5 inventory here.
This box considers some of the critical events of 1942: the fall of Singapore, the battle of the Coral Sea, the Kokoda Trail, and the defence of Milne Bay. These momentous air, land and sea battles were fought close to Australia's shores in a desperate attempt to curb the Japanese advance. The box also looks at the guerrilla war fought on Timor and the experience of Australians who became prisoners of war in 1942.
The box examines Australia’s changing relationships with her allies and the political and military tensions which developed between them during this difficult year.
Download Box 6 inventory here.