Military Historical Society of Australia

National Biennial Conferences


Previous Conferences


2014 Conference  

The 2014 biennial conference was hosted by the Queensland Branch of the Society over the Easter weekend 18 to 21 April 2014 in Maryborough, Queensland.  As 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, the conference theme recognised the impact 1914 had on Australia.  The conference was held at one of Australia’s finest private museums, the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum, 106 Wharf Street, Maryborough Qld 4650 

 Conference Program

Profiles of Conference Speakers

Local Newspaper coverage of Conference

Blog and Photos of Conference


2012 Conference  

This conference, hosted by the ACT Branch, was held at the Hellenic Club in the City, 13 Moore St, Canberra 7-8 September 2012, which is at the same location as the former RSL Club where the year 2000 and 2002 Society’s conferences were held.  The conference, originally scheduled for November, was brought forward to enable participants, should they wish, to also attend the International History Conference – ‘Kokoda: Beyond the Legend’ - to be held at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra on Thursday 6 - Friday 7 September 2012. No specific theme was set for the conference – a wide range of military history topics was covered.  One or two of the papers presented were published in "Sabretache" during 2013.

2010 Conference

Hosted by the Victorian Branch, this conference was held over the Easter Weekend 2-5 April 2010. The venue for the conference was the popular and supportive Box Hill RSL complex, Box Hill, Melbourne.  This conference was packed with highly interesting, at times even controversial, papers from MHSA members from Queensland, Victoria, the ACT, NSW and WA, as well as from a number of guest speakers.  The subjects were many and varied, and included battle, biographical, militaria, archaeology, social and strategy themes from the times of the Imperial forces in Australia through to the current day.  Several research in progress sessions were integrated with the main presentations.  (A selection of papers from this conference appeared in the September 2010 and December 2010 editions of Sabretache)

Conference Program

2008 Conference

Hosted by the Western Australian Branch with the support of the Army Museum of Western Australia, this conference marked the Society's 50th Jubilee (2007) and was held at the Army Museum's historic site at Artillery Barracks, Fremantle over the Easter Weekend 22-24 March 2008.  Continuing the format introduced in the 2006 Conference in Adelaide, this conference included presentation of formal papers as well as a Research in Progress session.  During the conference delegates had the opportunity to be shown through the Army Museum of Western Australia by the museum curator, including a look at what is done "behind the scenes" in the curatorial area at the museum.  (A selection of papers from this conference was published in the September 2008 edition of Sabretache)

Conference Program
Final Conference Report
Photos from the 2008 Conference

2006 Conference

Hosted by the South Australian Branch, this conference was held in the RSL Memorial Hall at the Torrens Parade Ground in Adelaide over the Easter weekend 15 - 17 April 2006.  In addition to presentation of formal papers a Research in Progress session was held which included brief presentations by members seeking information or reporting on progress of their various research pursuits. The conference program also included a visit the Army Museum of South Australia at Keswick Barracks. (Papers from this conference were published in the September 2006 edition of Sabretache)

Conference Program
Photos from the 2006 Conference

2004 Conference

Hosted by the Albury-Wodonga Branch, this conference was held on the NSW Labour Day long weekend 2-4 October 2004 at the Army Museum Bandiana. A number of excellent papers were presented by members and the Geelong Military Re-enactment Group presented a display on North-West Europe 1944 where re-enactors fitted out in authentic uniforms, webbing and equipment operated period vehicles and fired small arms and artillery. The conference program included tours of the Army Museum Bandiana, the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Museum and the the Tenix Armoured Vehicle Workshops. (Papers from this Conference were published in the March and June 2005 Editions of Sabretache)

Photos from the 2004 Conference Re-enactment Display

2002 Conference

This conference with the theme "Australian Military History - Lessons from the 20th Century for a new Century" was hosted by the ACT Branch and held at the RSL Club, Canberra over the Labour Day long weekend 5-6 October 2002. (Papers from this conference were published in the March 2003 Edition of Sabretache.)

2000 Conference

Hosted by the ACT Branch, this conference was held over the Queen's Birthday long weekend 10-12 June 2000 at the Canberra RSL Club. Included in the conference program was a visit to see the Queen's Birthday Official Trooping of the Colours Ceremony at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, as well as a tour of the Anzac Parade War Memorials and a visit to the Australian War Memorial Research Centre. (Papers from this conference were published in the September 2000, December 2000 and March 2001  Editions of Sabretache. )


List of Conferences Held Prior to 2000


Year Dates Hosted By
1998 6-8 June Victoria
1996 8-10 June South Australia
1994 1-4 April Western Australia
1992 6-8 June Albury-Wodonga
1990 14-16 April Geelong
1988 11-13 June ACT
1986 No MHSA Conference held? Some MHSA members attended AWM Annual Conference held in Melbourne 10-14 February
1984 22-24 June Victoria (VICMILEX '84)
1982 12-14 June Albury-Wodonga (25th Anniversary Display)



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