ANZAC Voices, the Memorial’s new First World War exhibition, is currently being installed. The exhibition will open this Friday, 29 November 2013 and represents a rare opportunity to view original accounts of the First World War - letters to a sweetheart; a diary account of a hard-fought battle; postcards scrawled in the trenches and battlefields of war.
At the Memorial we have many curatorial teams working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring the collection to you. One of those is our fantastic Film and Sound team. As the name suggests, their work centres around the film and sound collection. For educators, this collection can be a rich and important teaching tool. It allows us a direct window back into the past, to hear the words of those men and women who have served, who have experienced and lived through days of conflict.
To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of show reels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your fingertips!
Thanks to everyone who submitted answers to last week's Collection Detection challenge either here on the blog or on our Facebook page. Well done to those who knew the answer!
Monday 11 November 2013 by Jeffrey Wray. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Collection Highlights First World War, Gallipoli, Western Front, Victoria Cross, oral history, Sound, Remembrance Day
The Sound Collection at the Australian War Memorial consists of over 9,000 oral history interviews with individuals who served during war and peacekeeping efforts. To showcase highlights from this collection the Australian War Memorial will create Sound show reels.
What is it?
This length of barbed wire with metal jam tins and lids, and a flattened metal plate attached was found on Pope’s Hill on Gallipoli in 1919.
Give us your best guess in the comment box below. The answer will be revealed next week, along with an interesting story you could use in your classroom.
"He is all of them. And he is one of us.”
It can be difficult to get an idea of what was happening on the home front just by looking at military records. What were the people who weren’t serving doing? How did they feel? What did they do to play their part in Australia’s war effort?
One thing many Australians did during both the First and Second World Wars was knit. Australia-wide, local organisations, schools, church groups, knitting circles, and individuals banded together to undertake the huge task of providing comforts to Australian troops. Comforts included gifts like food, entertainment, recreation facilities, and clothing given to troops to supplement what the military couldprovide.
During the course of the First World War, Australians knitted over 1 million pairs of socks as gifts for the troops. Historican Michael McKernan estimated at 10 hours of work per pair, that would be an extraordinary 10 million hours of work.
In the Second World War, they outdid even that, with over 3 million pairs of socks knitted! Australians also made a variety of other items, like scarves, vests and mittens.
Friday 25 October 2013 by Daniel McGlinchey. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary
The faint noise of Helibourne assault sound and light show subsided and lower stairs returned to a more peaceful state, when the silence was shattered! “How do I get out!!? How do I get out!!?” I turned around to see an older gentleman, possible a Vietnam veteran, looking panicked. His breathing was shallow and quick, eyes full of terror. It looked like he was having a panic attack so I got him outside as quickly as I could. When we arrived outside he disappeared not wanting to talk to anyone. A few hours later a colleague told me the man had spoken to her soon after.