Contact Us

Contact Us

Postal address

Australian Army Armour & Artillery Museum Puckapunyal

Hopkins Barracks

Puckapunyal VIC 3662


General enquiries
Mob: +61 (04) 3720 6482


Frequently Asked Questions

Donations - Monetary

The Australian Army Armour & Artillery Museum Puckapunyal has a monetary donation box located at the front counter.

For larger sums, please contact us.

Donations - Collection Items

To holistically represent both the military experience and history of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps and the Royal Australian Artillery Corps, the Australian Army Armour & Artillery Museum Puckapunyal is reliant on the donations of military objects and personal memorabilia to convey what it means to be a part of these corps and their proud traditions. 

However, occasionally the Museum must decline a donation, due to collection policies or the limitations of storage space and staffing. 

Before contacting us to offer an item for donation, please read through the Donation Checklist and Things To Consider lists below. 

To donate an object, contact us by sending an email to Please include in the email the following details:

Note: The Australian Army Tank Museum is not accepting loans at this point in time. 

Donation checklist:

*Legal ownership means having ownership of the physical item. Copyright is a separate issue altogether. 

Things to consider:

Care of Family Heirlooms

For a basic overview of object care, see the Australian War Memorial's information about conservation and collection care.

For further reading on in-depth care and conservation of objects, see the reCollections website and the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) website.

Researching Family History

While the Australian Army Tank Museum may not have enough staff to research family records, here's a little nudge in the right direction. Below you will find links to several institutional databases which deal with the personal files of Australian Defence Force members. 

Note: Knowing the family members full name, date of birth and Service/PmKeys number really improves the efficiency of a search. These can be found on the individual's military documents or stamped into the rim/back of any medals awarded to the member. To identify medals, please see the University of Melbourne's Medal Identification chart.

A PMKeyS/Service number is the personnel number used by the Department of Defence to identify individual soldiers. Military personnel who enlisted prior to the 2000s will have a service number, while military personnel who enlisted after the 2000s will have a PMKeyS number. 

(>1870) Army Museum Ogilby Trust (UK)

Until 1870, British Infantry Regiments garrisoned the Australian colonies. After 1870, many British soldiers continued to support or joined the various colonial units, which is why colonial or Australian Army records will refer to an individual's prior British service. Such personal files must be sought from British records. See the Army Museum Ogilby Trust website.

(>1901) State Archives

Prior to Australia's federation, each colony maintained their own military forces. The records of soldiers who served in these forces will be found in the appropriate state archive. 

Victoria State Library website

Museum's Victoria website

(1899-1945) National Archives of Australia

The National Archives of Australia holds the personal files of soldiers who served between 1899 to 1945, some of which have been digitised and are available online. See the National Archives of Australia website for more details. 

(<1953) Defence Archives

The Defence Archives holds the personal files of soldiers who served in the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) and all conflicts since 1953. Furthermore, the Defence Archives also holds records for members who enlisted or were commissioned into the Regular Army from 1948 onwards, including those who did not see active service. 

Please direct your enquiries to

Defence Archives 

GPO Box 225