• Birdwood and The Ashes

    Friday 24 February 2017 by .

    William Birdwood commanded the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) for much of the First World War, and held the administrative command of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) or the entire war. Throughout this time, and during the post-war period, Birdwood kept considerable official correspondence with world leaders and military commanders as well as unofficial letters from colleagues, personal friends and ordinary Australians.Birdwood …

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  • Changi manuscript by Sir Alexander Russell Downer KBE

    Wednesday 15 February 2017 by .

    AWM2016.38.241, manuscript Government in two worlds: an introductory survey of the governments of Britain and Australia, written 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 Craig Berelle.

    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. 1 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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  • 'From the Infantry', a poem by Sergeant Derek Evans 6RAR

    Thursday 19 January 2017 by Stuart Bennington. 11 comments

    The first few lines of the Poem

    The first few lines of the poemThe Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to display a range of new content on its website. As part of this project, we are hoping to digitise and make available onlineselected material related to Australian service in Vietnam. We are seeking contact with Sergeant Derek Evans 52843 of 6RAR, who wrote the poem titled From the Infantry. If you can help please contact Stuart Bennington via …

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  • 75th Anniversary AIF Malaya first contact with Japanese - Gemencheh Bridge, 14 January 1942

    Friday 13 January 2017 by Craig Berelle. 2 comments

    This blog recalls the 75th anniversary of the day in 1942 when members of B Coy, 2/30th Battalion, seized an opportunity as the first Australian ground force to clash with the Japanese and blow a vital bridge at Gemencheh, in the state of Negri Sembilan, Malaya.By allowing a small element of Japanese to cross over and continue east toward the town of Gemas, the Australians intended to bring to bear the strength of the main force battalion, with …

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM26 Operations files, 1914-18 War

    Friday 16 December 2016 by Craig Berelle. 2 comments

    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.Function and provenanceThis group of records was collated in its present form by the staff of the Australian War Memorial (AWM) in the 1920s and 1930s to facilitate certain working requirements of the Official …

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  • 25 years volunteering at the Memorial

    Tuesday 6 December 2016 by . 1 comments

    Bob Fletcher (left) helping visitors with their research in the Memorial’s Research Centre

    Bob Fletcher, a veteran who served with 2 RAR in Malaya between 1955 and 1957 has reached 25 years volunteering in the Memorial’s Research Centre. Working from the Memorial’s galleries and Reading Room, Bob has helped thousands of visitors to research their family and service history. He has also worked tirelessly behind the scenes in the archive. Bob has catalogued over 5000 files related of the Headquarters, 1st Australian Task Force …

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