Tuesday 15 April 2014 by John Holloway. No comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

What is it?

Examine this object and tell us what you think it is in the comments. (Hint: It was found at Shrapnel Gully, Gallipoli, in 1918.)

We will post the answer and the full story next week! 

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Tuesday 1 April 2014 by John Holloway. No comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

Thank you to everyone who submitted their guess for this week. As promised, here is the answer:

It is a button hook – a popular and necessary item between the 1890s and 1920s, used to pull buttons through buttonholes. They were particularly useful when the garment or footwear was tough and unyielding. 

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Monday 24 March 2014 by John Holloway. 7 comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

What is it?

This is #7 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we look at an unusual collection item and the story behind it.

Examine the object above and tell us what you think it is in the comments. We will post the answer and the full story next week!

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Friday 21 March 2014 by Kathleen Cusack. No comments.
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Dr Kylie Smith, pictured on the far left, during one of her presentations.Dr Kylie Smith, pictured on the far left, during one of her presentations.

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Thursday 20 March 2014 by John Holloway. 2 comments.
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The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 August 1914. It took days for confirmation of Britain's entry into the war to reach Australia, even though mobilisation was already underway.

How did it come to this?

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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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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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Friday 7 February 2014 by Kathleen Cusack. 2 comments.
Education at the Memorial, Memorial box banter, News

The Australian War Memorial is fortunate to have nearly eighty Memorial Boxes situated across Australia. Twenty are stored on-site here in Canberra whilst the remainder are administered by the State Library of Queensland, Social Education Victoria, City of Fremantle, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Darwin Military Museum, State Library of South Australia, Albury City Library Museum, Western-Australian Museum and Museum of Tropical Queensland throughout the year.

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