Battle for Australia at Western Australian Museum


A picture of WWII planes over Rottnest Island.
CEO of WA Museum Mr Alec Coles and Hon Phil Edman MLC.
Battle for Australia at Western Australian Museum
A picture of WWII planes over Rottnest Island. CEO of WA Museum Mr Alec Coles and Hon Phil Edman MLC.

THE Western Australian Museum - Perth will be hosting the Battle for Australia: An Untold Story exhibit from May 18 to 31.

Phil Edman, MLC for South Metropolitan Region, said he was grateful the museum had offered the space to tell the important story and allow more people to learn about the Battle for Australia in World War II.

“From 1942 to 1943 over 97 air raids occurred on the Australia mainland, claiming 1200 lives,” he said.

“A further 1750 were lost in Australian waters.

“People know that Darwin was bombed; however so much more happened here and this exhibit uncovers this story,” he said.

Battle for Australia: An Untold Story displays a large collection of rare artefacts from this time.

These include the artillery and communication devices that were used in the coastal batteries of WA, a range of original uniforms, including a full Kamikaze pilot suit, Japanese invasion currency intended for Australia, newly uncovered archival research and two documentaries that vividly depict the mobilisation of Australian society at this time.

“The public are invited to step inside this time in history and see, hear and learn a key component of our national story,” Mr Edman said.

Entry to the exhibition is free. The museum is open from 9.30am to 5pm every day. Call 1300 134 081.