Thursday 13 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Ned Kelly, body armour, DSTO

Day 5 - Ned Kelly would be jealous

What do Ned Kelly and modern Australian soldiers have in common? Body armour! Ned fashioned his out of metal, while the scientists in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) have spent years coming up with a sophisticated protective human shell. Like everything in the Australian Defence Force, it is commonly known by its abbreviation: MCBAS.

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Thursday 13 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories environment, Al Minhad, UAE

Day 4 - Moonscape

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Wednesday 12 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories family, liminal, The Monthly, ADF

Day 3 - in the liminal zone

One of the few bits of content I recall from my undergrad degree is the concept of liminality. This refers to being 'betwixt and between' two places, or in transition. I am neither on deployment, nor in the office. I am technically in transit, with a forced stopover in Sydney.

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Wednesday 12 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Sydney, Kandahar, Ben Quilty

Day 2 - Departure lounge deja vu

We learned last night that the plane which the ADF charters each week to fly to and from Australia to the MEAO has broken down in Brisbane - hopefully it will be fixed to fly 24 hours later.... so I have made it to the GSAO - Greater Sydney Area of Operations. I'm fortunate to be able to stay with family instead of at Richmond barracks.

Activities to date:

0900 engage in daily transportation and security operation of escorting Marcus to primary school

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Tuesday 11 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Sydney, Afghanistan, MEAO, ADF

Twelve months ago I went to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) with the Australian War Memorial. I was working on an oral history-photographic project. The core part of the project was interviewing and photographing 19 currently serving members of the ADF - from the army, navy and airforce - before, during and after their deployment in 2013 to the MEAO.  In another 12 months time, you should be able to see the results of this work in an exhibition which will travel around Australia.

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Tuesday 4 March 2014 by John Holloway. No comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

Thank you to everyone who had a go at last week's Collection Detection. As promised, here is the answer:

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Tuesday 25 February 2014 by John Holloway. 4 comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

What is it?

This is #6 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we aim to make collection items accessible for classroom use by looking closely at an object and the story behind it.

So examine the object above and tell us what you think it is in the comments. (For those in the know, maybe you can guess how it was used!) As usual we will post the answer and the full story next week.

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Thursday 20 February 2014 by John Holloway. 8 comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

The AE1 at Devonshire Dock, Barrow UK, 1913.

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P01608.012 Colditz Castle was used as a prisoner of war camp for Allied prisoners who had attempted to escape from their German captors during the Second World War. The castle has captured popular imagination through the film 'The Colditz Story' (1955) based on P.R. Reid's book of the same name. P01608.012

Unknown to their captors, eight prisoners were huddled in a small office, waiting for the moment when they would finish the tunnel and escape from Colditz. They had been planning for this moment for over a month. But now their chance was slipping. It was midnight, 9 September 1942 and an alarm echoed throughout the castle. They could hear the footsteps of German officers approaching.

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Tuesday 11 February 2014 by John Holloway. 1 comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

Thank you to everyone who had a go at last week's Collection Detection, and congratulations to those who guessed (or searched!) correctly:

Answer:

It is a ‘Garland’ improvised trench mortar, found in the Australian trenches at Lone Pine, Gallipoli.

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