Darwin Military Museum, Darwin

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The Darwin Military Museum was originally established as an artillery museum by the Royal Australian Artillery Association (NT) Inc (RAAA) to exhibit photographs and artefacts from Darwin's history during World War II. The Museum now has a large exhibit of items from the war, including Navy, Army and Air Force items from Australian, US and other armed forces. It is set amongst concrete gun emplacements and other fortifications in an area that was one of the most heavily fortified parts of Australia during the war.

At the peak around 1943, there were over 110,000 armed forces personnel based in Darwin and nearby areas. It was from Darwin that General Douglas MacArthur launched his campaign to liberate Manila and more generally to reclaim the Philippines from Japanese occupation.

During the war, Darwin was bombed 64 times over almost two years, with the first two raids alone on 19 February 1942 resulting in the deaths of an estimated 243 people. Other sources place the figure as much higher, even up to 1000, and a memorial plaque on the Darwin Esplanade overlooking the harbour says 292 people were killed. ABC TV News on 28 February 2010 carried an item saying that the Darwin City Council has commissioned naval historian John Bradford to determine the truth on how many died.
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  • This was one of our first stops when we visited Darwin. It was great, every corner you turn there is more. Much more than what we expected. Make it one of your stops . 
    This was one of our first stops when we visited Darwin. It was great, every corner you turn there is more. Much more than what we expected. Make it one of your stops .  more »
  • What a sham most of these once pristine military relics are covered in cobwebs, dust and left to rust away. The museum shows yet another version of the attack by the Japanese in 1942 which is also... 
    What a sham most of these once pristine military relics are covered in cobwebs, dust and left to rust away. The museum shows yet another version of the attack by the Japanese in 1942 which is also...  more »
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  • We were thoroughly surprised by how much this seemingly small museum contained! There is a range of displays, memorabilia, machines and information on display. The museum is spread out across an inside building to outside with sheds and other buildings. There is a short movie about the bombing of Darwin that plays which was very good. Highly recommend a visit, and allow a good couple of hours if you can.
  • I don’t believe a proper explanation is on show hear to indicate the lack of professional conduct delivered at that time by the Australian hierarchy both political and in the Defence Force. Yes my father was involved in this so-called defence of our northern boundary but to be suppled with WW1 ordinance that should not be used in the tropics only shows how serious we were of our own sovereignty. One small newspaper article tucked away low on the wall about the Lowe Report and a video of an anti aircraft serviceman is the only real truth provided. Sorry but I came to Darwin on a pilgrimage and tread in my fathers footsteps but didn’t feel the truth here. To all those who served Rest In Peace.

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