Thursday 27 November 2008 by Nicholas Schmidt. No comments.
News Anniversary, HMAS Paramatta

 One of the lesser known tragedies of the Second World War is the sinking of the Grimsby class sloop HMAS Parramatta. At the time, Parramatta was serving in the Mediterranean assisting with supplying the Allied garrison at Tobruk, which was under siege by German and Italian forces.

 

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Tuesday 11 November 2008 by Joanne Smedley. 22 comments.
News

The Memorial's photograph collection contains almost 1 million images. Not all of these are publically available but every day new images and descriptions are added. Flickr commons is a way of highlighting sets of images and we hope people can tell us something about them, or simply enjoy the selection.

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Monday 10 November 2008 by Craig Berelle. 19 comments.
News, New acquisitions, Collection

A log book can reveal performance characteristics, reveal battle damage and document repairs made during each vehicle's period of service. The Memorial's Research Centre has acquired log books of six Centurion tanks that served in the Vietnam War, including vehicle No. 169056, proudly on display adjacent to Anzac Hall.  The log books are in Official Records Series AWM350, and can be viewed in the Memorial's Research Centre.

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Friday 31 October 2008 by Alana Thurecht. 10 comments.
News, Collection

The Research Centre recently marked, with much celebration, the scanning of 300,000 images for the current major digitisation project involving AWM4, First World War Unit Diaries. These diaries document the daily activities of military units on active service in the First World War and supplement the existing diaries available online.

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Thursday 30 October 2008 by Dianne Rutherford. 5 comments.
Personal Stories, Collection Heraldry

A recent inquiry from a member of the public brought to my attention an interesting collection item held by the Memorial. It relates to Captain William Roy 'Bill' Reynolds from Victoria, who had served with the Merchant Navy, as well as working for a number of companies through Southeast Asia in the lead up to the Second World War.

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In the Research Centre, we receive a lot of enquiries from people who want to know how and where their relatives died in the First World War. Finding out this information can be a difficult task. Quite often families know no more than that their relative died on a particular date in a particular country, and they'd like to know if we can help them narrow that down.

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Wednesday 22 October 2008 by Annette Gaykema. 2 comments.
Personal Stories, Collection letters, diaries

We are commemorating the 90th Anniversary of the Armistice this year, which presents a timely opportunity to look at what soldiers were doing on the 11th of November throughout the duration of the First World War. The soldiers go about their duties not knowing that in the future, it would be the special day to remember those who fought and died for our country in war and armed conflict.

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Thursday 16 October 2008 by Pen Roberts. 2 comments.
Personal Stories, New acquisitions, Collection

Almost a century ago this Saturday, a Welcome Home function was held at the Sydney Town Hall for members of the NSW Cadets Coronation Contingent. The cadets, part of the Australian Coronation Contingent, had just returned from attending the London coronation of King George V, held on 22 June 1911.

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Wednesday 8 October 2008 by Alexandra Orr. No comments.
News, Personal Stories, New acquisitions, Collection

Pressed flowers from the autograph book of Sgt George Cadd, 2134, RC06416.

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Friday 19 September 2008 by Ann Penhallow. 2 comments.
Collection

The Research Centre receives regular telephone calls and emails from military vehicle enthusiasts – restorers and collectors - from all over Australia.  Occasionally they make it into the Research Centre at the Memorial, like the proud Jeep owner I met this week. 

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