• Cartridge cutlery: Early souvenirs of the Australian War Memorial Museum

    Wednesday 26 October 2016 by Dianne Rutherford.

    German 7.92mm cartridges, similar to these, were used in making the Memorial souvenirs in the 1920s and 1930s.

    During the 1920s and 1930s the Australian War Memorial (known at the time as the Australian War Memorial Museum) needed to raise money to help with the construction of the building here in Canberra. One of the ways the Memorialdid this was through the sale of souvenirs made from over ten thousand small arms ammunition cartridges theAustralian War Records Section (the precursor to the Memorial)had collected on the Western Front between 1917 and …

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  • Understanding Australian Identity discs part 4: Second World War, Royal Australian Air Force

    Monday 17 October 2016 by Dianne Rutherford.

    Some RAAF members wearing their metal identity discs.

    Unlike for the Navy and Second AIF, I havenot been able to locate copies of orders regarding the issuing, marking and wearing of identity discs for members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during the Second World War. The information below wascompiled from the inspection of identity discs in the Memorial’s collection and information on comparable items found in publications and online. Some …

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  • Maryang San: A victory against the odds

    Tuesday 4 October 2016 by . 1 comments

    Maryang San: A victory against the odds 3-8 October 1951As dusk fell on 5 October 1951, Lieutenant Maurie Pears looked out from the summit of Maryang San, which he and his platoon had only just captured. He could see his comrades along the ridgeline below consolidating their newly-won positions and evacuating their casualties from a day of tough fighting. He could also see the massif of Kowang San across the valley, where he and his men had been …

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  • Centenary of "3 Squadron" AFC

    Monday 19 September 2016 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments

    Parachute used to supply soldiers with ammunition during the Battle of Hamel. On display in the First World War 1918 Gallery

    The unit that became knownas 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), was formed at Point Cook, in Victoria on 19 September 1916. However, it was initially designated 2 Squadron AFC. On 31 March 1917 it was re-designated 69 Squadron (Australian) Royal Flying Corps (RFC), before finally being designated 3 Squadron AFC on 20 January 1918. Below is a selection of objects associated with 3 Squadron AFC that are currently on display in the …

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  • A "Glen Innes family record"

    Monday 19 September 2016 by Jennifer Milward.

    Glen Innes, September 1917 Mrs Sarah Heydon was no doubt a very proud woman. One of her sonsand fifteen grandsons (five sets of brothers) were serving with the Australian Imperial Force. Her photograph, along with one of each of her fifteen grandsons, was published in the Sydney Mail in September 1917(see National Library of Australia Trove database, "Glen Innes family record"). ARTV06715 …

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  • First walkthrough: Art of Nation

    Friday 9 September 2016 by Anthea Gunn.

    Art of Nation development, 5 Sept

    The highlight of my week has been the arrival of the ‘walkthrough’ version of the Art of Nation gallery. Until now we have been working from still images Ortelia send us of the space to develop the architecture and interior design. Now we are able to navigate through the building and experience the massive scale Bean intended.The next stage is to fine-tune the design of the building and the interiors. Once this is finalised we can start …

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  • Simpson Prize Vietnam Day 8, 19 August 2016

    Wednesday 7 September 2016 by . 1 comments

    Simpson Prize, Vietnam: Day 8Day 8 in the Republic of Vietnam dawned sunny and was really humid after some fairly serious rain during the night. Breakfast was followed by a drive into Vung Tau to the base of Mount Nho. We were here to visit the statue of Jesus which looks out from the top of the mount.With the high humidity, the air was like molasses and after one had ascended all 811 steps (there was a plaque inset into every 50th step just to …

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  • Simpson Prize Vietnam Day 9, 20 August 2016

    Wednesday 7 September 2016 by .

    Simpson Prize, Vietnam: Day 9The final morning of the tour was sunny and with the usual humidity, was quite pleasant. Following breakfast, the group was met out the front of the hotel by a veritable gang of scooter drivers and their vehicles. We were then given a riding tour of the city, taking in industrial areas, the slums, the old quarter and new estates which lasted about an hour, but it seemed over all too soon!The tour finished at …

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  • Simpson Prize Vietnam Day 7, 18 August 2016

    Tuesday 6 September 2016 by .

    Day 7 was our big day in Vietnam. It was the 50th Anniversary of the battle of Long Tan and there was quite an air of expectation and some consternation about the day ahead. We had had news during our travels the day before of the cancellation of the commemorative ceremony at Long Tan.Simpson Prize, Vietnam: Day 7In the morning after breakfast we travelled to the Long Hai Hills. There we learnt that it was the place of many battles between the …

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  • "Your loving father"

    Friday 2 September 2016 by . 1 comments

    REL49046. ‘Pluto’ the toy dog that Marion Mountney received in 1944 when she was only a few months old.

    In 1945, Private Godfrey Mountney took pen to paper and wrote to his youngest daughter Marion for her first birthday.“Hello my darling daughter,Many happy returns of the day and an extra big kiss from Daddy. I wonder as you sit and listen to your Mummy read this to you, do you in your own little mind know what it is all about and who it is from, remember the dark headed man that suddenly came into your life one day not so long ago, played and …

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