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It seemed like an ordinary day where I was busy researching areas of our collection, when two remarkable badges were offered for donation. They were a Female Relative Badge with seven stars and a Mothers and Widows’ Badge with four stars, both from the Second World War. Some of you will immediately recognise the value and rarity of these badges. However, as I learnt about the story behind these badges, I came to realise the significance of their meaning.

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Friday 9 August 2013 by Dianne Rutherford. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary First World War, ANZAC Biscuits, Baking, How To...

We all know what ANZAC biscuits are – delicious treats chock full of rolled oats and golden syrup. However, I recently found that the name “ANZAC Biscuit” was used for (at least) two other published biscuit recipes during the First World War. These biscuits do not resemble the ANZAC biscuit we know and love today. To see what these biscuits were like I did some home baking and held a taste test with some of my colleagues.

"ANZAC Biscuits"

The earliest recipe I found was in a digitised newspaper from 1916 on Trove. It was called “ANZAC GINGER BISCUIT”, published on 4 June 1916. Mrs Sutherland of Grosvenor, Mt Kokeby had submitted the recipe to the Ladies’ Section of the Sunday Times in Perth, WA. She received fourth prize, consisting of an electroplated butter knife with an engraved handle for her recipe.

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Monday 5 August 2013 by Stuart Baines. 3 comments.
Education at the Memorial, Personal Stories

As part of our ongoing blog with which we hope to connect with the needs and interests of teachers and students, last week we introduced the first of our What is it? objects from the Memorial’s collection. /blog/2013/07/30/education-memorial-collection-detection/

Thank you for everyone who liked, and commented on our Facebook post. It was a great response and only makes us more excited for the next Collection Detection. So the answer....


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Wednesday 31 July 2013 by Dianne Rutherford. No comments.
Collection Antiquities, Souvenirs, First World War

Tuesday 30 July 2013 by Stuart Baines. 2 comments.
Education at the Memorial, Collection

As part of our ongoing blog with which we hope to connect with the needs and interests of teachers and students, this week we introduce the first of our What is it? objects from the Memorial’s collection. Hopefully this will get you thinking and talking, and finding ways to use it with students in the classroom.

What is it?

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Friday 26 July 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. 2 comments.
Collection Film

To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of highlight reels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your finger tips!

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Friday 26 July 2013 by Kathleen Cusack. No comments.
Education at the Memorial, Memorial box banter, News

Memorial Boxes are a wonderful learning resource for any age. Whilst some of the activities are tailored for a classroom environment, Memorial Boxes are also borrowed by organisations like aged care facilities to assist with reminiscence therapy and community museums to support particular displays.

There are six titles in the Memorial Box series:

Box 1 – Australia in the First World War

Box 2 – Vietnam: the Australian experience

Box 3 – Too dark for the Light Horse: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the defence forces

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Monday 22 July 2013 by Nick Crofts. No comments.
First World War Centenary, ANZAC Connections

The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the ANZACs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war. The collections selected for this project will reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians during the First World War, not just well-known personalities. This project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s collections as well as provide full copies for research on the Memorial’s website.

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Friday 19 July 2013 by Michael Kelly. No comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary

Armistice in Korea

27 July 1953

This date marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice at Panmunjom, Korea, that brought an end to the Korean War.

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