Monday 12 November 2012 by Emma Campbell. No comments.
News

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. -- British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, 10 November 1942 

The nature and timing of the turning point of the Second World War has been debated and redefined numerous times since the end of the conflict in 1945.

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Wednesday 3 October 2012 by Amanda Rebbeck. 10 comments.
News, Personal Stories, New acquisitions

My name is Brady Davison and I am a work experience student from St Stanislaus College, Bathurst. As part of my week at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra I researched the Next of Kin plaque commemorating the First World War service of Private John Joseph Edward Darnedt. Here is his story.

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Wednesday 19 September 2012 by Emma Campbell. 4 comments.
News

Pipers flank the men who fought in the battle of Long Tan during the dedication ceremony.Pipers flank the men who fought in the battle of Long Tan during the dedication ceremony. P04665.798

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Wednesday 19 September 2012 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments.
Collection First World War, Flowers, Floriade

“Say it with flowers” is a well known advertising slogan but these days the language of flowers is not as well known as it was almost 100 years ago. During the First World War Australians serving overseas, many away from their families for years, sent floral tributes to their loved ones in the form of embroidered postcards, handkerchiefs, cushion covers and other souvenir items.

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Friday 31 August 2012 by Marylou Pooley. 4 comments.
News

Steve Gower.  Photo courtesy of Silas BrownSteve Gower. Photo courtesy of Silas Brown
After more than 16 years as Director of the Australian War Memorial Steve Gower AO AO (Mil) retires on Friday 31 August 2012.

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Friday 24 August 2012 by Shane Casey. 1 comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Collection Highlights First World War

Left flying overboot: Baron M von Richthofen, Geschwader 1 German Air Service.Left flying overboot: Baron M von Richthofen, Geschwader 1 German Air Service. RELAWM00705

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Wednesday 22 August 2012 by Emma Campbell. No comments.
News

 

When war was declared in August 1914, it began a period of great upheaval for the lives of Australians. The young nation of just over 4 million sent 330,000 men to foreign lands such as Turkey, Egypt, France, and Belgium with the newly formed Australian Imperial Force (AIF). Most families had at least one member – or a friend or neighbour – in the fight.

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Thursday 9 August 2012 by Marie Kesina. 8 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Collection, Collection Highlights

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra. On 9th August 1942, the cruiser came to a catastrophic end in the Pacific during the Battle of Savo Island. Captain Frank Edmund Getting was in command at the time. He had a long association with the Navy. His story, and that of HMAS Canberra, was uncovered whilst scanning the Reports of Proceedings for HMAS Canberra.  

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Wednesday 8 August 2012 by Craig Blanch. 4 comments.
Personal Stories, Collection First World War

My name is Sam Warner and I am a work experience student from St Joseph’s College Echuca. As part of my week at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra I researched the story behind the Distinguished Conduct Medal of Sergeant William Dobson Scorer in the First World War. Here is his story.

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Tuesday 31 July 2012 by Jennifer Selby. 4 comments.
Collection Highlights, Personal Stories

“Hello, Western Australia, here we are on the deck of a cruiser somewhere in the Middle East, I may not tell you exactly where …”

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