• Aboriginal Presence On Gallipoli Grows

    Tuesday 25 April 2017 by . 3 comments

    Lance Corporal Richard Kirby

    Aboriginal presence on Gallipoli grows Written by Michael Bell Lance Corporal Richard Kirby P11678.004 In 2014 the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers who were known to be involved in the Gallipoli campaign stood at 50 men. This during an era when they weren't recognised as Australian citizens, so for them enlistment was illegal. At present it seems that it …

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  • Nolan Donation Reveals a Deeper Connection to Gallipoli

    Thursday 20 April 2017 by .

    Simpson and His Donkey, Sidney Nolan

    Nolan donation reveals a deeper connection to GallipoliBy Chris WagnerQuite literally, the story behind the recent donation of a Sidney Nolan painting, depicting Simpson and his donkey, has revealed deep and unexpected connections to the Gallipoli campaign.Nolan completed the work as part of a large series of paintings and drawings on the subject of Gallipoli, most of which depicted soldiers and landscapes. Nolan spent 20 years creating a body of…

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  • September 11, World Trade Center photographs purchased by Australian War Memorial

    Tuesday 4 April 2017 by Mel Stubbings. 1 comments

    For those of us who were adults on September 11, 2001, our lives are divided into two halves — the one we lived before these events and everything that has happened since. The images by photographer Richard Drew that the Australian War Memorial decided to buy are extremely emotional — they are powerful, they are significant moments in history and, yes, they are sensitive — but the two images, especially the one of the falling man, say much…

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  • The story of William Charles Westbury Aboriginal Soldier, The Boer War and First World War

    Thursday 30 March 2017 by . 4 comments

    William Charles Westbury. Photo Max Wurfell, Pinaroo Museum

    William Charles Westbury. Photo Max Wurfell, Pinaroo Museum William was born in Mount Gambier, South Australia, in 1878. He was one of three children with his siblings John James A.I.F. 2206 and Sarah also in the family of James Westbury and Ellen Baker, with Ellen being of the local Boandik people. Ellen was the cook and lived at Benara Creek part of Schanck outstation, near Lake Bonney West of Kongorong SA. The family moved often between …

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  • Highlight on the official records of the First World War: AWM12, Australian Imperial Force Headquarters (London), Administrative registry medical/personal files, 1914-18 War

    Monday 27 February 2017 by .

    AWM12 5035/2/1

    Highlight on the official records of the First World War is a centenary program highlighting records created 100 years ago, explaining whythey exist and how we can help make them available for research purposes.ProvenanceIn 1915, a small Australian military headquarters had been set up in London by the Australian High Commissioner. Its role was to finance and provision the AIF and to keep records of the location and condition of convalescents …

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  • Changi manuscript by Sir Alexander Russell Downer KBE

    Wednesday 15 February 2017 by .

    cover of Changi manuscript by Sir Alexander Russell Downer KBE

    The book titled ‘Government in Two Worlds: An Introductory Survey of the Governments of Britain and Australia’ was written by Alexander 'Alick' Downer during his captivity as a prisoner of war in Changi, Singapore. A lawyer before the war, Alick Downer, enlisted with the 2/14th Field Regiment and served as a gunner. Following the surrender of Singapore on 15 February 1942, Downer along with close to 15,000 other Australians, was marched into …

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  • Art of Nation: Insightful 'then and now' comparisons

    Friday 10 February 2017 by Emily Wubben.

    George Benson, A ten-minute sketch of Albert Church, c. 1916

    The Memorial’s online, interactive exhibition Art of Nation will enable users to compare field sketches by Australia’s First World War official war artists with contemporary digital imagery of the same locations in Google street view. Comparing ‘then and now’ images encourages a ‘spot the difference’ method of analysis, reminiscent of puzzle books in which images are replicated with minor changes to be discovered. These comparisons …

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  • Hero of Ambon

    Friday 27 January 2017 by Kerrie Leech.

    VX35406 Driver William Thomas Doolan, 2/21st Australian Infantry Battalion.

    This week marks the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Ambon. The Japanese landed on the island of Ambon on 30 January 1942. Within a few days the small Australian garrison, overcome by the size of the invading force, had surrendered. The fate of these Australian soldiers was varied, but history records that over three-quarters of them would not survive the war. Some of these men’s stories can be told through the collections of the Australian War …

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM30 Prisoner of War Statements, 1914-18 War

    Wednesday 25 January 2017 by . 1 comments

    AWM30 B17.1 [cropped] Stated by 1007 Cpl J O’Grady, 4th Army Medical Corps attached to the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force. He was taken prisoner on 6 August 1917 when the journey to Rabaul was surprised by the German Raider Wolf.

    Highlight on the official records of the First World War is a centenary program of posts highlighting those records created 100 years ago, whythey exist and how we can help make these essential records available for research purposes.AWM30 B17.1 Stated by 1007 Cpl J O’Grady, 4th Army Medical Corps attached to the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force. He was taken prisoner on 6 August 1917 when the journey to Rabaul was surprised by…

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  • Keeping the wheels turning

    Tuesday 24 January 2017 by David Gist. 2 comments

    After a brief hiatus, the Australian War Memorial’s exhibition Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt has opened at the Glasshouse in Port Macquarie, the first of nine venues across regional Australia. Public interest in the collection of images captured by Louis and Antoinette Thuillier is likewise being renewed, and these images continue to reward careful study.From their makeshift photographic studio in the village of Vignacourt the …

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