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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Tuesday 27 August 2013 by Stuart Baines. No comments.
Education at the Memorial, Family history, News

So often in the study of history it is easy to get caught up in the “big” events, or the story that has most struck a chord in the social consciousness. Sadly that often means that fascinating people, events and moments in time can go virtually unexplored. Maybe in the mystery or excitement of exploring something that is the lesser known story, we can inspire people and challenge them to get passionate about history.

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It seemed like an ordinary day where I was busy researching areas of our collection, when two remarkable badges were offered for donation. They were a Female Relative Badge with seven stars and a Mothers and Widows’ Badge with four stars, both from the Second World War. Some of you will immediately recognise the value and rarity of these badges. However, as I learnt about the story behind these badges, I came to realise the significance of their meaning.

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Monday 14 May 2012 by Kerrie Leech. 2 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Family history, New acquisitions, Collection

Last month, the Memorial was delighted to accept a Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train (RANBT) diary, donated by Mr Martin Smee of Port Elliot, South Australia.  Mr Smee made the trip to Canberra to personally deliver the diary, which has been part of his family's valuable family history for many years.  The diary was written by his grandfather, Able Seaman Driver Laurie John Smee.  Born in South Australia, Laurie ran away to sea when just 17.  After serving on various merchant ships and making his way to England, he joined the Royal Navy and served on several British ships before returni

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Monday 25 April 2011 by Stuart Baines. 3 comments.
Family history, Battlefield Tours Gallipoli, ANZAC Day, Simpson Prize 2011

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Well today was the day, the pinnacle of the experience and certainly a big part of why these students entered the prize.

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Thursday 3 March 2011 by Andrew Currey. No comments.
Personal Stories, Family history, Collection, Collection Highlights

“I had a very close shave...”

(Pte C H Lester, 1 October 1917)

As many soldiers will testify, war can be as much about luck as it is about training and equipment. Luck can take many forms, such as being in the right place at the right time, and the closely related not being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The men listed below are a few examples of these places and the sometimes very short distance between them.

Lt William Henry Guard (2DRL/0879)

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Friday 17 September 2010 by Jessie Webb. 5 comments.
Personal Stories, Family history

At the outbreak of the Second World War, there were some 450 Australians serving with the Royal Air Force (RAF) on short-term commissions. Once the Empire Air Training Scheme got underway, thousands more Australians arrived in Britain. Many of them were posted to Royal Air Force squadrons, even though they were members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

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Wednesday 1 September 2010 by Liz Holcombe. 4 comments.
Family history, Collection

Today, 1 September, is Ask a Curator day on Twitter.  One of the first questions we had was this one:

Q: Is there an overall index to colonial defence personnel pre 1900 either for each state or together?

The answer is, not really, but there are some starting places.  Because there is too much information to put on Twitter, we have written a blog post to list these sources. 

There are a some books:

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