Friday 30 January 2015 by Cherie Prosser. No comments.

Eric Thake, Self-portrait in a broken shaving mirror

One of only two self-portraits by Eric Thake produced during his Official War Artist commission, 1944-45.



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Wednesday 28 January 2015 by Garth O'Connell. 2 comments.
Collection, Family history, News, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories

Yesterday at the Christ Church in Queanbeyan NSW the funeral of a local community stalwart, Bede Tongs OAM MM was conducted.  Amongst the many mourners inside and outside the Church were several current and ex-members of staff and senior management of the Australian War Memorial including yours truly.  It is tremendously hard to put into so few words what a positive impact Bede had not just on me personally and professionally, but on my colleagues, my fellow soldiers and our community.

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Tuesday 27 January 2015 by Kathleen Cusack. No comments.
Education at the Memorial, Memorial box banter, News

On the day that the Armistice was signed, whilst shouts of rejoicing could be heard in every direction, I stood alone with a lump in my throat, feeling in no mood to wave flags, though deeply grateful that hostilities had ceased and that no more precious human lives would have to be sacrificed.*

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Friday 23 January 2015 by Ashleigh Wadman. 1 comments.
Military Heraldry and Technology

Wartime textiles weave many different stories in their efforts to support, honour and remember Australians at war. The Memorial’s heraldry collection contains many examples of fabrics that have been autographed with people’s names as fundraising devices, records or symbols of friendship. Collecting signatures in autograph and scrap books has long been a popular practice in many different countries and time periods and these autographs on fabric exist in a similar fashion. The following examples reveal just a few of their stories.

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Thursday 22 January 2015 by Garth O'Connell. 3 comments.
Art, Collection, Collection Highlights, Military Heraldry and Technology

Perspectives of Parit Sulong

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of a tragic chapter in the history of the Australian Defence Force - the first documented massacre of Australian troops by the Imperial Japanese during the Second World War at Parit Sulong in Malaya on 22 January 1942. 

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Tuesday 20 January 2015 by Theresa Cronk. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Collection, Collection Highlights, News, Personal Stories

We all wished everybody the best of luck in the New Year particularly those at home.

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Monday 19 January 2015 by Dianne Rutherford. No comments.
Military Heraldry and Technology Vehicles; First World War; Second World War; Vietnam

Ford 3 ton F60L (long wheelbase) Cab 12 4x4 GS truck. Ford 3 ton F60L (long wheelbase) Cab 12 4x4 GS truck. REL31736

One question we are regularly asked is for information about the history of a particular military vehicle owned by a collector, wanting to know about where the vehicle served and when. Unfortunately, we are generally unable to provide this information as we hold few records relating to specific military vehicles. What the Memorial does hold is listed below.

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Tuesday 13 January 2015 by Ashleigh Wadman. 3 comments.
Military Heraldry and Technology, Personal Stories

Thanks to increased interest in the experiences of the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) during the First World War, I recently attempted to redress the lack of focus on the nursing outpost of India. It would be a great shame to then omit the service of our girls in Salonika, who likewise faced extreme difficulties with remarkable courage and professionalism. Such hardships would eventually come to mark this theatre of war as one of the most difficult for the AANS.

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Tuesday 23 December 2014 by Alison Wishart. 7 comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection Highlights Christmas, Gallipoli, Food, socks


Perhaps you’ve packed, compiled or received a Christmas hamper full of goodies in the last few days.

About this time 99 years ago, the Anzacs who had evacuated from Gallipoli were eagerly awaiting their Christmas hampers.

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Tuesday 23 December 2014 by Alison Wishart. 5 comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary Memorials

How best to remember someone?

In the past, when someone died, some people created scrap books or dossiers as a way of working through their grief and gathering together all the memorabilia. This is what Maude Edmondson did when her son died at Tobruk in 1941, in an action for which he received a Victoria Cross.

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