Tuesday 3 June 2008 by Dianne Rutherford. 5 comments.
Collection Technology

One of my favourite items at the Memorial is a tall steel and iron German camouflage tree from the First World War. During the First World War fake trees were one method used for disguising observation posts on the Western Front. This tree is from Oosttaverne Wood (also sometimes spelt Oostaverne Wood), near Messines in Belgium. We don't know when the tree was erected in the wood, but it could have been used by the Germans up until 7 June 1917, when the Oosttaverne area was captured by the British during the Battle of Messines.

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Tuesday 27 May 2008 by Pen Roberts. 4 comments.
News, Collection Ephemera

The Memorial holds a small collection of paper napkin souvenirs from the era of the First World War. Printed on crepe paper from Japan, their fragility defies their survival for over 90 years.

Here is a napkin printed for the wedding of Lieutenant Colonel Athelstan Markham Martyn DSO, RAE (Royal Australian Engineers) to Miss Stella Swifte at St Mary Abbot's Church in Kensington, London, on 21 October 1916.

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Tuesday 20 May 2008 by Craig Tibbitts. 2 comments.
New acquisitions Official records

306829AWith the Korean coastline in the background, Commander Warwick Seymour Bracegirdle relaxes on the bridge of HMAS Bataan during his inspection of Commonwealth Naval Units in Korean waters.

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Monday 19 May 2008 by Robyn Van Dyk. 1 comments.
Battlefield Tours Western Front

And the last post for the Battlefield Tour Blog 2008!

Ypres & Passchendaele

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Friday 16 May 2008 by Robyn Van Dyk. 5 comments.
News, Battlefield Tours Western Front

Villers-Bretonneux and Bullecourt are two towns on the Western Front that continue to have an ongoing connection with Australia. Due to the warmth and hospitality of the locals in receiving us, the battlefield tour will also not easily forget these towns.

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Wednesday 14 May 2008 by Karl James. 15 comments.
News

Today is the 63rd anniversary of the sinking of the 2/3rd Australian Hospital Ship (AHS) Centaur. On 14 May 1943 Centaur was en route from Sydney to Cairns when she was sunk by a Japanese submarine south of Moreton Island, off the Queensland coast. From the 332 people on board, only 64 survived.

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Monday 12 May 2008 by Mal Booth. 1 comments.
Personal Stories, Collection Official records, Private Records, Technology

Forty years ago, in May/June 1968 Australian soldiers fought their largest, most sustained and arguably most hazardous battles of the Vietnam War. Units of the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) confronted regimental-sized formations of the North Vietnamese regular army in fierce actions around Fire Support Patrol Bases (FSPB) Coral and Balmoral in what was then known as Bien Hoa province.

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Monday 12 May 2008 by Mal Booth. 3 comments.
Exhibitions, Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse Catalogue, Our exhibition

Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse: catalogue cover

Our exhibition catalogue has now sold out. You can, however, now download a pdf file of the catalogue and get this printed yourself.

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Sunday 11 May 2008 by Robyn Van Dyk. 2 comments.
News, Battlefield Tours Western Front

Dawn and Geoff Harwood were surprised to find that they had a relative buried at Vignacourt British Cemetery. They recognised him as family by his home town and his unusual surname. Geoff and I sat together after dinner last night and using the memorial's website and databases we were able to uncover a little bit more about George Radnell.

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Saturday 10 May 2008 by Robyn Van Dyk. No comments.
News, Battlefield Tours Western Front

When walking the battlefields of the Somme it is evident that most of the visible signs of destruction caused by the First World War have disappeared. The enormous Lochnagar Crater is one of the few surviving scars left on the terrain in this region. A monument to the devastation of war, this crater was caused by a 60,000 lbs mine and is 100 metres in diameter and 30 metres deep. It is hard to capture its sheer size in a photograph.

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