Monday 16 April 2012 by Dennis Stockman. 2 comments.
First World War Centenary, Exhibitions, News First World War

Prime Minister Gillard announces funding support for the First World War Galleries

The Australian War Memorial will mark the Centenary of the First World War through a vibrant four year cultural program including changing our First World War galleries. 

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Sunday 15 April 2012 by Stuart Baines. 7 comments.
Battlefield Tours, Simpson Prize 2012

Once again it is time for commemorative activity to ramp up here at the Australian War Memorial but also at commemorative sites across the globe. Every April we stop and reflect on the service and sacrifice made by Australians in times of war. For a very special group of students, who have completed some excellent historical research and analysis, submitted an essay and been rewarded for their academic achievement, they will receive the unique opportunity to experience ANZAC Day 2012 at ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey.

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Wednesday 28 March 2012 by Lauren Hewitt. 18 comments.
Collection Highlights First World War, Western Front, Photographs, Lost Diggers

Update 9 August 2012:

On 9 August Mr Kerry Stokes AC presented a collection of fragile First World War photographic glass plates to the Australian War Memorial.

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Monday 26 March 2012 by Jamie Croker. No comments.
Collection, Conservation

A major milestone was reached late last week with the trial fit of the Boulton Paul upper turret into the Hudson rear fuselage.  The installation was carried out to check the fit with the re-constructed support structure, which required only minor adjusting before the turret was bolted into postion.  The turret will now be removed to allow fabrication of fuselage skins to be completed, and routing of the empennage flight control cables.

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Thursday 15 March 2012 by Robyn Siers. 3 comments.
News, Nurses: from Zululand to Afghanistan Perditta McCarthy, McCarthy, Ditta, army nurse

Born in 1916, Perditta Marjorie McCarthy’s life spanned almost a century. “Ditta” McCarthy, of Wagga Wagga, NSW, died peacefully in her sleep last weekend on 10 March after a long battle with failing health. She was 96. The Royal Australian Army Nursing Service has lost its highest ranking officer.

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Tuesday 6 March 2012 by Alexandra Wiber. No comments.

Tuesday 21 February 2012 by Emma Campbell. 16 comments.

This Sunday night, the stars of cinema will come together in Hollywood to celebrate the year’s best films at the 84th Academy Awards. Among the nine movies vying for best picture is Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, about a young Englishman who enlists to serve in the First World War after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry.

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Friday 17 February 2012 by Stephanie Boyle. 3 comments.
News, Collection, Collection Highlights Battles, Research material, Film, Darwin, 1942, Bombing of Darwin

On the 19th of February seventy years ago, the city of Darwin was bombed. Sustaining heavy damage and civilian casualties in air raids by Japanese forces, this attack was the first of over sixty air raids conducted up until November 1943.

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Tuesday 7 February 2012 by Sally Cunningham. 3 comments.

Friday 3 February 2012 by Craig Berelle. No comments.
News, Collection Highlights

Documents supporting the award of the Victoria Cross are now on display at the Reading Room of the Australian War Memorial. The display is arranged to show three themes associated with Australia's highest award for gallantry. These include official records produced leading to the award of the Victoria Cross; the ceremony of the award, which includes VC memorials and reunions; and items of commemoration, which are often autographed, such as invitations and correspondence between VC recipients, their communities and clubs.

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