Tuesday 28 July 2009 by Alexandra Orr. 4 comments.
News, New acquisitions, Collection Ephemera, Iraq.

The 31st of July 2009 will mark the end of Operation CATALYST. CATALYST began on the 20th of March 2003 and defined the role of the Australian Defence Force in assisting multinational forces in the stabilization and security of Iraq. It also involved ADF support in the implementation of the country’s recovery programs.

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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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Wednesday 3 September 2008 by Annette Gaykema. 5 comments.
Collection First World War, Ephemera, How To...

Embroidered silk postcards were first made in 1900 with popularity peaking during the First World War. Cards were generally embroidered on strips of silk mesh by French women. They were then cut and mounted on postcards.

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Monday 1 September 2008 by Theresa Cronk. No comments.
Collection Ephemera

awm.gov.au/collection/RC06035Embroidered silk postcard from the First World War. RC06035

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Tuesday 27 May 2008 by Pen Roberts. 4 comments.
News, Collection Ephemera

The Memorial holds a small collection of paper napkin souvenirs from the era of the First World War. Printed on crepe paper from Japan, their fragility defies their survival for over 90 years.

Here is a napkin printed for the wedding of Lieutenant Colonel Athelstan Markham Martyn DSO, RAE (Royal Australian Engineers) to Miss Stella Swifte at St Mary Abbot's Church in Kensington, London, on 21 October 1916.

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Wednesday 9 April 2008 by Mel Hunt. 1 comments.
Collection Ephemera

This honour roll was recently rediscovered in the Memorial's Research Centre during a cataloguing project focusing on documenting our oversize maps and souvenirs. Almost two metres in height and one metre in width, the honour roll consists of over 1,100 signatures, unit names, and hand drawn colour patches, insignia and medals of World War I veteran sailors, soldiers and nurses of all ranks.

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Wednesday 19 March 2008 by Alexandra Orr. No comments.
Personal Stories, New acquisitions, Collection Ephemera

Can you imagine receiving a message that signified a momentous event in living history?

Teleprinter Signal RC06417

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Friday 15 February 2008 by Alexandra Orr. No comments.
New acquisitions, Collection Ephemera

It seems one of the most expedient weapons deployed personnel can have these days is a deck of cards. Yes, you read correctly. A common form of ephemera coming into the Memorial from those involved in recent conflicts like Iraq, are playing cards, which have been produced by Australia and the United States to reach beyond mere entertainment value into the realm of Intelligence.

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Thursday 7 February 2008 by Jennie Norberry. 2 comments.
Collection Ephemera

It's one of those questions that doesn't get asked everyday, but when it is, the enquirer doesn't usually have to finish their question before we can help them. They usually start with

"I don't know if you can help me, I was in the World War 1 section and noticed a knitting pattern for..."

At this point I can jump in with:

"Knitting two socks at once."

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