Friday 24 April 2015 by Robyn van Dyk.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Collection Highlights, News

Last goodbyes, personal reflections and contemplations on the meaning and reality of war form part of the accounts of Australians on the eve of battle on 24 April, 1915.

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Thursday 23 April 2015 by Liz Holcombe.
First World War Centenary, Collection, News

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Anzac Day goes beyond the landing, and is the day we remember the Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

The Memorial is interested in how the anniversary will be commemorated in Australia and around the world, and we have a couple of online activities planned to mark this significant moment in history: a digital record of the day, and the sharing, on our website, of a selection of social media posts. 

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Thursday 23 April 2015 by Lachlan Grant.
Simpson Prize 2015

Simpson Prize 2015 - Gallipoli

Day 4 - Istanbul to Gallipoli

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Thursday 23 April 2015 by Craig Berelle.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Collection Highlights

Highlight on the official records of the First World War is a centenary program highlighting those records created 100 years ago, why they exist and how we can help make these essential records available for research purposes. 


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Monday 20 April 2015 by Lachlan Grant.
First World War Centenary, Simpson Prize 2015

Day 1 - Istanbul

After flying in from every capital city in Australia we met in Sydney for the long journey to Turkey. After changing flights in Singapore, we arrived safely in Istanbul in the morning to a find a perfect sunny spring day. After checking in to our hotel we left for lunch, then visited the Spice Bazaar before enjoying a cruise on the Bosphorus from where we viewed the mosques, forts, palaces and historic timber homes. We also spotted several pods of dolphins:

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Thursday 16 April 2015 by Alexandra Orr.
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.
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. 12 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

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Thursday 2 April 2015 by Charis May.
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

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