Wednesday 6 November 2013 by John Holloway. 2 comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

What is it?

This length of barbed wire with metal jam tins and lids, and a flattened metal plate attached was found on Pope’s Hill on Gallipoli in 1919.

Give us your best guess in the comment box below. The answer will be revealed next week, along with an interesting story you could use in your classroom.

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Monday 4 November 2013 by Emma Campbell. 1 comments.

Visitors file past the newly interred tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier in the Memorial's Hall of Memory in November 1993.

"He is all of them. And he is one of us.”  

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Friday 25 October 2013 by Jessie Webb. 3 comments.
Collection, Exhibitions


“Knitters get busy!” Poem published in an unknown newspaper in 1918. RC07899“Knitters get busy!” Poem published in an unknown newspaper in 1918. RC07899

It can be difficult to get an idea of what was happening on the home front just by looking at military records. What were the people who weren’t serving doing? How did they feel? What did they do to play their part in Australia’s war effort?

One thing many Australians did during both the First and Second World Wars was knit. Australia-wide, local organisations, schools, church groups, knitting circles, and individuals banded together to undertake the huge task of providing comforts to Australian troops. Comforts included gifts like food, entertainment, recreation facilities, and clothing given to troops to supplement what the military couldprovide.

During the course of the First World War, Australians knitted over 1 million pairs of socks as gifts for the troops. Historican Michael McKernan estimated at 10 hours of work per pair, that would be an extraordinary 10 million hours of work.

In the Second World War, they outdid even that, with over 3 million pairs of socks knitted! Australians also made a variety of other items, like scarves, vests and mittens. 

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Friday 25 October 2013 by Daniel McGlinchey. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary

The faint noise of Helibourne assault sound and light show subsided and lower stairs returned to a more peaceful state, when the silence was shattered! “How do I get out!!? How do I get out!!?” I turned around to see an older gentleman, possible a Vietnam veteran, looking panicked. His breathing was shallow and quick, eyes full of terror. It looked like he was having a panic attack so I got him outside as quickly as I could. When we arrived outside he disappeared not wanting to talk to anyone. A few hours later a colleague told me the man had spoken to her soon after.

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Thursday 17 October 2013 by Nick Flood. 6 comments.
First World War Centenary, Conservation

Ypres, 1917 dioramaYpres, 1917 diorama

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Thursday 10 October 2013 by Nick Crofts. No comments.
First World War Centenary, ANZAC Connections, Family history

WARNING: We wish to advise that this blog may contain names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed away.

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Thursday 3 October 2013 by Kathleen Cusack. No comments.
Education at the Memorial, Memorial box banter, News

There are few places in Australia that have been so directly affected by war like north Queensland. Even today, defence remains at the heart of our tropical cities.

With the generous assistance of the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville, the Australian War Memorial is fortunate to be able to have a suite of Memorial Boxes available for schools and community organisations in these northern regions. For these borrowers, in particular, the Memorial Box contents are often deeply moving and thought-provoking.

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Tuesday 1 October 2013 by Stuart Baines. 1 comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

With what seemed like an inevitable movement towards war in Europe from mid 1914, of great concern to Australia was the presence in the Pacific of the German East Asia Squadron under the command of Vice Admiral Count Maximilian von Spee. He commanded two powerful armoured cruisers, SMS Scharnhorst and Gneisenau; three light cruisers, SMS Emden, Nurnberg, and Leipzig; a torpedo boat, and, some small gunboats, but von Spee’s actual whereabouts in the vast Pacific Ocean were a mystery.

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To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of show reels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your fingertips!

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Friday 27 September 2013 by Krissy Kraljevic. No comments.
First World War Centenary, News

Written by Alexandra Orr

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is hosting an International Fleet Review, to be held in Sydney from 3 to 11 October 2013. This high-profile event, which will showcase ships from some 20 nations, is being held to mark the centenary of the first fleet entry of the fledgling RAN into Sydney in 1913.

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