Wednesday 3 June 2009 by Paul Taylor. 9 comments.
Personal Stories, Family history, New acquisitions, Collection

 A donation came to my desk in the days following Anzac Day that caught my attention.  It was a maroon and white identification badge that featured the image of a young girl, her name, an I.D. number and the words, 'C.S.I.R. Radiophysics Division'

Fortunately the depositor of the badge provided details of the original owner and I was soon speaking to Valerie Briggs who at 79 years of age still possessed all of the enthusiasm and intelligence that I saw in the eyes of the girl on the badge.

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Wednesday 11 March 2009 by Annette Gaykema. 7 comments.
Personal Stories, New acquisitions, Collection Coronation, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II, Spithead

 

Cover of "Coronation Cruise of HMAS Sydney" (RC07761)Cover of "Coronation Cruise of HMAS Sydney" (RC07761)

 

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As with other special occasions such as Christmas and birthdays, having to spend Valentine's Day apart from loved ones would have been sad and distressing for many serving men and women, and for those at home eagerly awaiting the safe return of their sweethearts and friends.

Fortunately, there is little that can stand in the way of love and many people overcame distance and time to send messages of love and admiration, not only for Valentine's Day, but throughout the course of wartime.

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Tuesday 13 January 2009 by Pen Roberts. 4 comments.
Personal Stories, New acquisitions, Collection Ephemera

When Kevin Wakefield found himself in an icy Canadian landscape, many miles from sunny Australia, he wrote a poem to express his feelings of homesickness. Sixty years later, one of the original hand-written copies of ‘My Home Land Far Away' has now been donated to the Memorial.

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Monday 10 November 2008 by Craig Berelle. 19 comments.
News, New acquisitions, Collection

A log book can reveal performance characteristics, reveal battle damage and document repairs made during each vehicle's period of service. The Memorial's Research Centre has acquired log books of six Centurion tanks that served in the Vietnam War, including vehicle No. 169056, proudly on display adjacent to Anzac Hall.  The log books are in Official Records Series AWM350, and can be viewed in the Memorial's Research Centre.

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

Friday 18 July 2008 by Mel Hunt. No comments.
New acquisitions, Collection Books

Australian armed forces have had a long and proud association with surf lifesaving in Australia as reflected in this copy of ‘Surf in Australia’ magazine. It contains news and extracts of ‘letters from the services’ overseas, honour rolls of members killed in action, a report on the first R.A.A.F. surf lifesaving club at Evans Head run by the No.1 bombing and Gunnery School in New South Wales along with reports of fund-raising activities and news updates from Surf Life-Saving Association of Australia clubs all around Tasmania and across News South Wales.

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Friday 6 June 2008 by Craig Berelle. No comments.
News, New acquisitions Official records

Series AWM347 is a recently acquired collection of historical records of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI). Accumulated from 1927 to 1984, these records afford a detailed and often fascinating look into the thinking that characterised Australian and Allied intelligence doctrine for over half a century.

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