Wednesday 16 April 2014 by Robyn Van Dyk. No comments.
First World War Centenary, ANZAC Connections, Personal Stories

Bringing historic documents from the Australian War Memorial’s archive to all Australians

The first 150 collections of private records related to individuals who served in the First World War are now online and hold a wealth of stories. In the centenary year of the First World War, the Memorial has launched one of its major commemorative projects to make available the rare historic personal records of Australians who served.

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Wednesday 16 April 2014 by Alex Torrens. No comments.
Collection, Collection Highlights

In November 2013 the Memorial purchased 13 First World War (FWW) posters at auction in New York. The posters are notable additions to the Memorial’s world class poster collection not only for their aesthetic and historic values but also for their extraordinary provenance. All the posters were once part of the fabled Dr Hans Sachs poster collection. Over the coming weeks the art section will mark this important acquisition via this blog – highlighting individual posters and giving insights into the legacy of Dr Hans Sachs.

The Dr Hans Sachs poster collection

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Tuesday 15 April 2014 by John Holloway. No comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

What is it?

Examine this object and tell us what you think it is in the comments. (Hint: It was found at Shrapnel Gully, Gallipoli, in 1918.)

We will post the answer and the full story next week! 

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Monday 14 April 2014 by Emma Campbell. No comments.

The often criticised role of Australian forces during the final 12 months of the Second World War will be examined at an international conference of leading historians and academics being held on the 70th anniversary of the period.

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Friday 11 April 2014 by Lucy Robertson. No comments.
Collection Second World War; Internment Camp; China; Embroidery; Lunghwa

RELAWM32380 The embroidered Lunghwa tablecloth which depicts a map of the internment camp, surrounded by approximately 800 signatures. RELAWM32380 On a slow news day in Perth in 1950, an article appeared in The Daily News with the eye-catching title of ‘The Woman Who Threw Japs’. The Daily News reported of a Russian woman who had tackled and ‘thrown’ three Japanese prison guards while interned in Lunghwa internment camp, near Shanghai, during the Second World War. Alexandra Fowles (née Kavlessnekoff) had recently immigrated to Australia with her third husband, Raymond Fowles, and the reporter described her as being ‘a fine-looking, keen-eyed woman… of Cossack descent and proud of the flashing temperament she inherited’. Whatever provoked Alexandra to tackle three Japanese guards has not been recorded, however, she created her own unique record of internment at Lunghwa.

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.. We’ve had seven contacts, and 29 cache finds in the last three to four months.. we’ve killed three insurgents.. so it’s a quite active area.

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Tuesday 8 April 2014 by Emma Campbell. No comments.
News, Wartime

Monday 7 April 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Dubai, AMAB, Sister Beauty salon

Day 29: homecoming rituals

Today was our final day in the MEAO (Middle East Area of Operations) - tomorrow we start the trek home on a chartered A340.

One of the homecoming rituals is sorting through your kit and cleaning off the dust of Afghanistan. The laundry whirs as people wash and scrub everything so that it will pass the quarantine inspection. Some boots are too down-trodden to be taken home.

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Monday 7 April 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories dessert, PTSD, AMAB

Day 28: Decompression

My room mate said to me at 9pm last night: "I feel like I should be doing something, that I should be working! I'm all fidgety and I can't sit still". She keeps checking her right hip for her pistol and her left hip for her military ID that she had to carry at all times on base. She has just returned to AMAB (Al Minhad Air Base) after spending six busy months working on logistics in Kabul. She worked 12 hour days that were punctuated by eating, sleeping and going to the gym. This is not "normal" life!

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Monday 7 April 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories AMAB, Dubai, airfields, mothering

Day 27: Under her wings

Our one hour flight from Bahrain to Dubai turned into an 11 hour endurance test. After spending most of the night in the air waiting for a freak cyclone to ease and in the Bahrain transit lounge, we finally made it back to AMAB (Al Minhad Air Base) safely.

Rain is rare in the Middle East, but it has rained in every place we have visited. We seem to be taking it with us. I wonder if it will be raining in Canberra when we finally get home.

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