Wednesday 9 December 2009 by Pen Roberts. 3 comments.
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“’Rock Around the Clock’ took the place by storm,” recalls Doug Lewin. “People in Butterworth and Penang loved it.”

This was 1956 and the global hit by “Bill Haley and the Comets” was broadcast through a small radio station set up by the men of RAAF No. 2 Construction Squadron at Butterworth in Malaysia. The squadron was there to construct an airfield strip in Butterworth for the British during the Malayan Emergency. They were housed in a camp of Attap huts next to the construction site, and rock was sourced from a quarry about 5 miles away.

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Wednesday 11 November 2009 by Liz Holcombe. 3 comments.
News, Collection, Of love and war Exhibition, Of Love and War, flickr commons, Flickr, Armistice, Remembrance Day, 11 November

Officers of the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade. Officers of the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade. B00572

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Monday 9 November 2009 by Robyn Van Dyk. 1 comments.
News, Collection First World War, Digitisation

The notebooks, diaries and folders created by Charles Bean during and after the First World War have immense historic value and are considered to be one of the most significant records created by a single Australian. The collection includes 286 volumes of diaries and historical notebooks recorded by Bean at the time and often at the front line. The diaries are firsthand accounts of the war and offer a unique perspective due to Bean’s status as official correspondent.

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Monday 9 November 2009 by Robyn Van Dyk. 4 comments.
News, Collection, Opinion, views and commentary First World War, Armistice

The notebooks and diaries of C.E.W. Bean provide valuable insight into the last days of the First World War. Bean was Australia’s sole official correspondent and he worked assiduously throughout the four years of the war recording events, often from the front line.

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Friday 6 November 2009 by Stephanie Boyle. No comments.
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War films show soldiers constantly locked in battle and participating in non-stop action - but the reality of war is actually much different. "No Dramas", a film by Robert Nugent commissioned by the Australian War Memorial, shows what life is really like for our troops deployed to combat zones.

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Thursday 29 October 2009 by Emma Campbell. No comments.
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Wednesday 28 October 2009 by Pen Roberts. No comments.
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Around Australia racing excitement is reaching fever pitch in anticipation of next week’s Melbourne Cup. That day full of champagne, sunlight glinting or raindrops sploshing on the jockeys’ colours, the smell of clods of turf being turned up as the horses pound along ...

Back in 1945 a “Pony Race Meeting” to be held on June 16 in Dutch New Guinea was similarly anticipated. It was scheduled to begin at 1330 hours, with eight races followed by a screening of “The Man Who Came To Dinner” starring Bette Davis and Monty Woolley.

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Thursday 15 October 2009 by Keiko Tamura. No comments.
News AJRP, Australian Japan Research Project

The Australia-Japan Research Project website has been updated with new contents. 

1. Japanese Midget Submarine attack on Sydney Harbour and its aftermath

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To celebrate the arrival of 'Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and beyond,' teachers passionate about art are being invited to participate in a special learning day in Canberra.

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