Tuesday 31 July 2012 by Jennifer Selby. 4 comments.
Collection Highlights, Personal Stories

“Hello, Western Australia, here we are on the deck of a cruiser somewhere in the Middle East, I may not tell you exactly where …”

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Tuesday 31 July 2012 by Chris Goddard. 2 comments.
Collection, First World War Centenary, Personal Stories First World War

 

Pair of spectacles which deflected shrapnel : Sergeant W R Fisher, 1 Battalion AIFPair of spectacles which deflected shrapnel : Sergeant W R Fisher, 1 Battalion AIF REL

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Friday 29 June 2012 by Dianne Rutherford. 5 comments.
Personal Stories First World War, Technology, Gallipoli, The Light Horse

REL/21582 the camera used by Wilfred Kent-Hughes

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Tuesday 5 June 2012 by Dianne Rutherford. 4 comments.
Personal Stories, Collection First World War, Gallipoli, Cemeteries, Lone Pine, Brown's Dip Cemetery

Lone Pine Cemetery 2012

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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 23 April 2012 by Stephanie Boyle. 1 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Collection Highlights First World War, Western Front, ANZAC, Film, oral history

This presentation of WW1 film, together with voices of WW1 veterans, was produced by the Australian War Memorial's film and sound curators. The footage and original oral history recordings are part of the rich film and sound collections of the Australian War Memorial.

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Friday 13 January 2012 by Ian Affleck. 14 comments.
News, Personal Stories

Michael (Mike) Coleridge will always be remembered for the photograph he took on 26 August 1967 of a group of soldiers of 5 Platoon, B Company, 7RAR, waiting for an Iroquois helicopter to land and take them back to Nui Dat at the end of Operation Ulmarra. This photograph has become an Australian icon of the Vietnam War and is graphically featured on the Vietnam National Memorial on ANZAC Parade in Canberra. But this is just one of 558 still photographs and 54 films taken in Vietnam by Mike Coleridge in the Australian War Memorial's collection.

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Monday 14 November 2011 by Stephanie Boyle. 2 comments.
News, Personal Stories, New acquisitions, Collection

As senior curator of Film and Sound at the Memorial, I was greatly privileged in February this year to go with the ADF to the Australia’s area of Middle Eastern Operations.   Not only did I meet with and interview an amazing range of ADF members based in or around Al Minhad, Kandahar, Tarin Kot and Kabul, but I found myself in the rare position of being a female civilian, totally immersed in the ADF’s world.   I trained with ADF.  I wore body armour.  I travelled by armoured convoy and by Hercules aircraft.  

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Wednesday 9 November 2011 by Stephanie Boyle. 2 comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories

Well, we got wind in the morning that the Armistice was either signed or about to be signed... And the word finally came through and of course there was great excitement... I was only sorry I hadn't arrived there Armistice night because the chaps that got off the train, the girls just formed a ring around them..

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Friday 14 October 2011 by Amanda Rebbeck. No comments.
Personal Stories, New acquisitions, Collection

The Australian War Memorial's Heraldry collection contains a number of commemorative badges and brooches which display a high level of beauty and craftsmanship combined with poignant individual stories. A recently donated brooch demonstrates these characteristics excellently.

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