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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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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Monday 23 September 2013 by Amanda Rebbeck. 3 comments.
Collection, News

Sixty members of the extended Ferguson family travelled from around Australia to attend a medal donation ceremony this morning at the Australian War Memorial in commemoration of their forebear Alexander Cyril Ferguson. Alexander served in both the First and Second World Wars and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his actions near Zonnebeke in October 1917where he was a member of the Australian Army Medical Corps, attached to 8 Battalion.

The medals were presented to Mr Tim Sullivan, Assistant Director, National Collections by Alexander’s son Mr Ron Ferguson.

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Monday 16 September 2013 by Stuart Baines. No comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

We hope we havent kept you in suspense too long. Here is the latest collection detection mystery solved for you. Well done to those who got it correct.

REL/00683.006 REL/00683.006

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Friday 13 September 2013 by Jocelyn Evans. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Conservation, News Dioramas

While Kasi has been working away at those pesky crates, I’ve been tasked with adhering the flaking paint on the painted backdrops.  In conservation we call this process ‘consolidation’.  While the backdrops of the large dioramas are all in pretty good shape, the two small diorama series (‘Transportation of Supplies’ and ‘Evacuation of the wounded’, each comprising 9 scenes) have not been so lucky.  On some of these small scenes (painted by artist Louis McCubbin) the bonding between the paint film and the curved plaster domes has failed in certain areas, and over time this has

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Thursday 12 September 2013 by Emily Witt. 2 comments.
News

If not for the work of the Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) during the First World War, the Australian Army’s access to fresh water in the desert would have been very limited, and they would have struggled to cross any body of water they came across. Amongst other things, the Engineers were in charge of designing and building well systems, as well as both fixed and swing bridges to assist the Australian armed forces in their travel throughout the Middle East.

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Monday 9 September 2013 by Natasha Bobyreff. No comments.
News

Monday 9 September 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. No comments.
Collection, News Film

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

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Wednesday 4 September 2013 by Stuart Baines. No comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

What is it?  

Made from silver-plated brass, this handy object is around 10 cm long. ‘K.G.S KOMET’ is engraved on the handle, with ‘WILKENS BREMEN’ engraved on the underside. Found on board a steam powered yacht, it dates from around 1911.

We would love to hear your thoughts. Post your ideas in the comments box. An answer will follow next week, along with an interesting story you might like to use in your classroom.

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