Thursday 16 April 2015 by Alexandra Orr. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection Commemoration

 

With the Centenary of the First World War being so widely commemorated around Australia, the Australian War Memorial is eager to capture the ways in which the nation is doing this.

 

Front page of leaflet for 'The Dirty Red Digger', Anzac Centenary Concert, performed by The Griffin Ensemble.

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Thursday 16 April 2015 by Lachlan Grant. No comments.
Simpson Prize 2015

For more than a decade the Australian War Memorial has supported the Simpson Prize, the premier history based essay writing competition for Australian school students. Named after John Simpson Kirkpatrick, one of the most iconic figures to emerge from the Great War, this year’s prize will again see the eight winning students, one from each state and territory, and two winning history teachers; embark on a tour of Turkey and the Gallipoli battlefields.

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It is always interesting to look at photographs from WW1 beside images from Afghanistan, but this case suggests the truth of the old saying, "some things never change". 

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Wednesday 8 April 2015 by Robyn van Dyk. 4 comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, News

To mark the centenary of the First World War the UNSW Canberra, Academy Library is digitising original First World War diaries in its collection.

The Academy Library is seeking contact with relatives of the persons listed below. If you have any further information about these people, or their descendants, please contact Special Collections Curator Rose Holley via 02 6268 6088 or please contact the Library via library@adfa.edu.au

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Thursday 2 April 2015 by Charis May. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Family history, News

This section of the Birdwood blog series contains names of non-Australian civilians, politicians, diplomats and businessmen.  Some were people in authority, while others are everyday citizens writing to thank Birdwood for his service.  One lady, Mrs Phillips, billeted Anzacs in her home in Edinburgh and had developed a high regard for the men. If have any connection to these people, please contact Charis May via PubandDig@awm.gov.au

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Thursday 2 April 2015 by Charis May. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Family history, News

When we look at all the correspondence in the files of Field Marshal William Riddell Birdwood, it is obvious that he was highly respected by military personnel and civilians alike. Each letter of thanks would have preceded a letter from Birdwood of congratulations. Many others wrote to him congratulating him on his achievements including his awards, military successes and leadership of the Australian Infantry Force.

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Thursday 2 April 2015 by Charis May. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Family history, News

 

The writers in this Birdwood blog have retired from military service after serving in pre-First World War conflicts. If you have any further information about these people, or their descendants, the Memorial would love to talk to you. Please contact Charis May via PubandDig@awm.gov.au

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Thursday 2 April 2015 by Alison Wishart. 2 comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary #anzac100, Easter, good friday

One hundred years ago, in 1915, Good Friday fell on 2 April. While their families were going to church and preparing fish dinners, the Anzacs stationed in training camps near Cairo, Egypt, went on a rampage. The 'Battle of Wazza' took place in Cairo's red light district. Parts of Derb el Wasa and Haret el Wasser (known affectionately as 'The Wozzer', Wassir, Wasser, Wassar etc.) were gutted.

 

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Friday 27 March 2015 by Gabrielle Considine. No comments.
Collection, Collection Highlights, Personal Stories

Group portrait of members of 114 Australian General Hospital Group portrait of members of 114 Australian General Hospital P11535.001

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Tuesday 24 March 2015 by Charis May. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Family history, News

The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the Anzacs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war. The collections are selected from our extensive archives and reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians during the First World War. This project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s collections as well as provide full copies for research on the Memorial’s website.

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