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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Thursday 18 September 2008 by Dianne Rutherford. 8 comments.
News, Exhibitions Technology

An example of an observation post disguised as a tree. This one was used by Australian troops during the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917 at Hill 63.
 

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Wednesday 3 September 2008 by Annette Gaykema. 5 comments.
Collection First World War, Ephemera, How To...

Embroidered silk postcards were first made in 1900 with popularity peaking during the First World War. Cards were generally embroidered on strips of silk mesh by French women. They were then cut and mounted on postcards.

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Monday 1 September 2008 by Theresa Cronk. No comments.
Collection Ephemera

awm.gov.au/collection/RC06035Embroidered silk postcard from the First World War. RC06035

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Thursday 21 August 2008 by Ann Penhallow. No comments.
Personal Stories, Family history First World War, Official records

What does a twenty-three year old wag of a soldier say in his defence, when facing yet another court martial for going AWOL during the First World War? 

If you're Private Albert Stipek, the words come easily: "I met some friends and went away with them. I had no idea the Battalion was going to the Line. I thought it was going out for a spell".  Nevertheless, he had absented himself from the 51st Battalion for nearly two months.

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Wednesday 20 August 2008 by Mel Hunt. 2 comments.
New acquisitions, Collection Books

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