Last month saw the removal of collection items, large and small, from the Western Front and Sinai–Palestine galleries in preparation for major building works in the space. All of these objects will be moved into storage, with the larger ones going into the Treloar Technology Centre at Mitchell, a large purpose-built shed that houses some of Australia’s national treasures.

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Friday 12 July 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. 2 comments.
Film, Second World War, Frank Hurley, From the collection, Damien Parer

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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Thursday 4 July 2013 by Alana Treasure. 4 comments.
First World War Centenary, Conservation Dioramas

Before beginning conservation treatment on any item in our National Collection (whether it is an artwork, uniform or tank...) the first step is to inspect and document its condition. We look at how the item is made, what materials are used, what state it is in and whether there are any damaged or unstable/fragile areas or components. We can then safely handle/move the item and determine what conservation treatment is required.

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Steel lifeboat from HMT Ascot used in the landings on Gallipoli.
AWM RELAWM05086.001

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Tuesday 2 July 2013 by Meleah Hampton. 4 comments.
News

This Thursday, 4 July, marks the 95th anniversary of a pivotal battle of the First World War by Australian soldiers on the Western Front.

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Friday 28 June 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. 2 comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Collection Highlights, News Film

The Australian War Memorial is currently in the process of releasing a vast selection of its film collection online as downloadable content through our website. This material, comprising of over 3000 titles, joins items from the Memorial’s sound collection which have been available online for the last few months. Already over 1200 film items have been released to our website. Each title that is available online has a link embedded on its object record page which lets you download a copy of the film to your personal computer.

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Thursday 27 June 2013 by Eleni Holloway. No comments.
Collection, Personal Stories

Black bearskin headdress 4th Battalion Royal FusiliersCaptain Frederick Steele’s bearskin headdress. Source: AWM Collection REL38444.001

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Wednesday 26 June 2013 by Marylou Pooley. No comments.

the roll of honour in the memorial's commemorative areaThe Roll of Honour in the Memorial's commemorative area

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Friday 21 June 2013 by Jacob Lessmann. 1 comments.
Collection Halifax MK3, Royal Australian Air Force, Casualties, Second World War

P01523.012 One of the 462 Squadron Halifax crew members. P01523.012

My name is Jacob Lessmann. I am 15 years old and had the opportunity to work in Military Heraldry & Technology section for a week.

On the night of 16/17 April 1945, Halifax MZ467 of 462 Squadron, RAAF, embarked from the RAF base at Foulsham, UK at 2358 hours [11:58pm] to carry out a flight over Augsburg, Germany. Ten aircraft from the squadron took part in the mission and of these only MZ467 did not return. Six of the aircraft took part in a feint window attack on Augsburg and the other four operated with the main force.

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A fateful flight : Australian Navigator takes control of his aircraft flying at low level after pilot killed. He has never flown an aircraft before, let alone one with multiple engines and one that is damaged, barely above the water and in the dark. He successfully navigates and flies the aircraft with remaining four crew back to base. Without stalling the aircraft he climbs over the base and his crew mates safely parachute jump. He then safely crash lands the aicraft just after midnight, bringing the body of his pilot back to base and saving his own live. Awarded the second highest gallantry medal to the Victoria Cross for air or naval operations, the Conspicious Gallantry Medal for his actions. Continued to serve in the Air Force, flying in a diverse range of aircraft including gliders and bombers in the United Kingdom for the remainder of the war. Meets and marries his wife in the United Kingdom in 1944, he survives the war and returns to Australia to start a family and resume his career as an architect.

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