• Are you interested in volunteering at the Australian War Memorial from home?

    Friday 10 October 2014 by Robyn van Dyk. 3 comments

    Do you have some spare time in the next few weeks? The Memorial’s Anzac Connections project is seeking some volunteers to help index and transcribe one of the Memorial’s most important documents - the First World War Nominal Roll. Using this data the Memorial is hoping to create a unique identity and page for every person who served in the First World War as part of the Anzac Connections project. You will also be enhancing the Memorial’s …

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  • Fourteen.

    Friday 10 October 2014 by David Heness. 18 comments

    Studio portrait of 1553 Private (Pte) James (Jim) Martin, 1st Reinforcements, 21st Battalion, of Hawthorn, Vic.

    Private James Charles Martin was in a bad state. Exhausted and suffering from a high fever, he lay aboard the hospital ship Glenart Castle under the watchful eye of Matron Frances Hope Logie Reddoch. Jim was nearly fifteen thousand kilometres from his family in Hawthorn, Victoria. He had lost over half his weight serving in the squalor of the trenches at Gallipoli and had contracted typhoid fever. Soldiers often contracted the disease in the …

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  • Below the surface of Naval Reports of Proceedings

    Wednesday 8 October 2014 by Meagan Nihill. 2 comments

    “On Saturday, 1 September, I was accorded the privilege of giving away the Bride at the marriage between Miss Caroline Elizabeth Edwards and ABUC Gordon Stephen Dempsey…A small wedding reception was held, after the ceremony, in my cabin.” This anecdote appears as Paragraph 10 of the Report of Proceedings for HMAS Stuart in August 1968. Surrounded by perfunctory remarks on the ship’s movements, training regimes, and the health of the …

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  • 100th Digger from Vignacourt Identified

    Thursday 2 October 2014 by David Gist. 4 comments

    Group portrait of three members of the 29th Battalion. Identified is (right) 1092 Private Alexander Duncan Cameron, a farmer from Brimpaen, Victoria.

    Despite the travelling schedule for the exhibition Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt being cut short, the Australian public’s interest in this unique collection of photographic images continues. Now, in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, the hundredth Australian soldier from the collection of glass-plate negatives has been identified. He is 1092 Private Alexander Duncan Cameron of the 29th Battalion. Born in …

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  • Rescuing the De Gaulles

    Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. 2 comments

    A Supermarine Walrus (also known as the Seagull V) amphibious biplane being taxied by John Napier Bell in 1939.

    In the early hours of 18 June 1940, Supermarine Walrus L2312, an amphibious aircraft, took off from Mount Batten, near Plymouth, England. It contained a crew of three, an Australian pilot, Flight Lieutenant John Napier Bell; an Australian observer (acting as an air gunner for this flight), Sergeant Charles William Harris and a British wireless electrical mechanic, Corporal Bernard Nowell. In addition to this was a special passenger, British …

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  • Preserving Sister Lummer’s Ward Dress Part 1- History

    Friday 26 September 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 3 comments

    Sister Lummer’s dress has two buttons on the bodice, and evenly spread gathers at the waistband, rather than pleats. The thick gathers at the shoulders, back and waste band allowed the necessary free movement.  RELAWM14065.001

    Sister Lummer’s dress has two buttons on the bodice, and evenly spread gathers at the waistband, rather than pleats. The thick gathers at the shoulders, back and waste band allowed the necessary free movement. RELAWM14065.001 Sister Rosalie Agnes Lummer was a distinguished nurse of the First World War. Born at Riverton, South Australia, she enlisted with the AIF on 27 July 1915, aged 29, and embarked for Bombay, India, in August 1916. A year …

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  • Opinions of Lawrence

    Wednesday 24 September 2014 by Gabrielle Considine. 1 comments

    This month’s sound reel depicts Lawrence of Arabia in a light not usually seen. It contains the sometimes frank opinions of four Australian contemporaries of Lieutenant Colonel T E Lawrence CB DSO. Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, was a British Army advisor to the Hejaz Army in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. In this sound reel is a significant recording from the Memorial’s collection, that of a speech by Brigadier …

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  • Australian Naval Force (ANF) Engagement and Service Records now online

    Tuesday 23 September 2014 by Meagan Nihill. 3 comments

    The Research Centre has now digitised and made available online the seriesAWM266 Australian Naval Force (ANF) Engagement and Service Records, 1903-1911. The records in this series relate to men and boys – mainly residents of Australia and New Zealand – who served in the Australian Squadron of the Royal Navy under the terms of the Naval Agreement Act of 1903. Similar to attestation papers of soldiers in the First World War, they contain …

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  • The Mystery Sweater Girl: Miss Lois Anne Martin

    Thursday 18 September 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 3 comments

    Miss Lois Martin was captured celebrating the end of the war on a Melbourne street by a roving photographer. She stood out among the crowd with her handmade vest and painted face.

    Miss Lois Martin was captured celebrating the end of the war on a Melbourne street by a roving photographer. She stood out among the crowd with her handmade vest and painted face. P02018.226 In August 1995 Melbourne’s Herald Sun printed this photo to accompany an article which asked its readers, ‘Were you the VP Day girl, or one of the girls flanking her as she celebrated the …

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  • Discovering Defence Public Relations Films

    Wednesday 17 September 2014 by Jeffrey Wray.

    A recent addition to the Australian War Memorials film collection available online is a number of documentaries made by/or on behalf of Defence Public Relations during the 1970s and 1980s. The films highlight new equipment, different aspects of service life, operations and training as well as civil assistance activities of the period. These subjects are combined with up-beat contemporary music (or classical music in the army’s case) to provide …

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