Sites of Significance: Now and Then photos of World War II

On the 15 August 2020, we marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), state and territory governments have joined together in their commemoration of some 1 million Australians who served during the war.

Revisiting significant Australian sites

Our states and territories have found some remarkable images captured during the war and have since photographed each local site of significance as it stands today. These 'now and then' digital montages help you to take a step back in time to visualise Australia during wartime.

We've included events from throughout World War II, from the bombing of Darwin in 1942 through to city crowds celebrating the end of the war on 15 August 1945, Victory in the Pacific Day (VP Day).

You can find these and other sites of significance in your home state or territory by visiting:


New South Wales

Northern Territory





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Last updated: 28 August 2020

Cite this page

DVA (Department of Veterans' Affairs) (2020), Sites of Significance: Now and Then photos of World War II, DVA Anzac Portal, accessed 17 September 2021,
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