• Uncommon Bravery, Edward William Mattner MC DCM MM

    Thursday 7 May 2015 by Cameron Ross. 9 comments

    Recently the Australian War Memorial received a donation from the family of the late Edward William Mattner MC DCM MM. This significant collection, which includes his medals, letters to his parents and photographs, highlights the exceptional life of service to Australia both in military and civil life. During the First World War Mattner would receive the Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal for bravery; one of only six …

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  • Welcoming Loved Ones Home

    Tuesday 5 May 2015 by Alexandra Biggs.

    The Welcome Home banner made by Jessie and Alice Middleton in 1919 to welcome home Private J.T.B. Elderfield. REL40074.

    This ‘Welcome Home’ banner was made by Jessie Mary Middleton and her mother Alice in 1919 to welcome Jessie’s fiancée John Thomas Bracey Elderfield back to Australia from active service in France. Banners welcoming loved ones home from overseas were common at the end of the First World War (and in conflicts since), but few have survived to this day. While it only has a few ‘Welcome Home’ banners in its First World War collection, the…

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  • Olivia’s Anzac Day

    Tuesday 28 April 2015 by Kathleen Cusack. 1 comments

    Anzac Day, 1943

    Anzac Day, 1943 138745 It was the crowds that bothered Olivia the most. Every Anzac Day ceremony the strangers swelled around her with somber faces. And last year it rained. This year Olivia was expected to endure the early morning freeze at the Memorial’s Dawn Service. Every year her parents insisted that she mark this day for a grandfather she hardly remembered. Her vague …

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  • Simpson Prize - Gallipoli, Anzac Day

    Tuesday 28 April 2015 by Lachlan Grant.

    Simpson Prize 2015 Anzac Day Gallipoli

    Day 8 and9 - Gallipoli, Anzac Day One thing I can never forget about the day we attended the Anzac Dawn Service is the complete serenity that engulfed the whole peninsula, harshly contrasted with the events that had occurred there 100 years ago. A calm, fluttering breeze replaced the bitter and icy winds that had constantly swept through the peninsula, accentuating the harshness of the terrain the Anzacs and Turks fought in. It was remarkable to …

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  • Simpson Prize 2015 Day 6 and 7

    Monday 27 April 2015 by Lachlan Grant.

    Simpson prize 2015 group talking with Dr Lachlan Grant

    Day 6 We started off the day by visiting the twelve tree copse cemetry, where Lucy's ancestor was buried. It was raining at the beginning but the sky soon cleared up and it was a pleasant day to have a look around. After laying a poppy and a bush of rosemary, we visited the V Beach, where the British had landed on 25 April. I discovered that the majority of the soldiers - apart from the Turks - who took part in the Gallipoli campaign were …

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  • "To win through safely would mean honour and achievement, on the other hand to fall would mean an honourable end."

    Friday 24 April 2015 by .

    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. Brigadier General John Monash was one of many who wrote a last letter home: “In the event of my going out, you are to believe that I do so with only one regret, which is, the grief that this will bring to you and Burt and Mat. – For myself, I am prepared to take my chance ……

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  • Gallipoli to Afghanistan and the future: 100 years of mapping

    Friday 24 April 2015 by . 5 comments

    Here, the Peninsula looks a tougher nut to crack than it did on [Lord Kitchener’s] small and featureless map. Sir Ian Hamilton, commander Dardanelles campaign, Diary, 18 March 1915 Gallipoli to Afghanistan and the future: 100 years of mapping is a joint exhibition between Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO) and the Australian War Memorial. The exhibition marks 100 years of Australian military mapping that started with a …

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  • Ways of commemorating the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli

    Thursday 23 April 2015 by .

    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 …

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  • Istanbul to Gallipoli - Simpson Prize 2015

    Thursday 23 April 2015 by Lachlan Grant. 1 comments

    Simpson Prize 2015 - Gallipoli

    Day 4 - Istanbul to Gallipoli We started off our journey to Gallipoli with a crisp cool morning. At exactly 7am we set off for a four hour drive. During the bus ride we enjoyed listening to everyone's out of tune sing along to 'Frozen', 'Riptide' and many other songs. Luckily during this bus ride we were able to stop for breaks. For one of these breaks we were able to visit a mini zoo which had an entrance that was decorated with smurfs. Inside,…

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM4 - Australian Imperial Force Unit War Diaries

    Thursday 23 April 2015 by Craig Berelle.

    AWM4 1/43/5 April 1915

    Highlight on the official records of the First World War is a centenary program highlighting those records created 100 years ago, whythey exist and how we can help make these essential records available for research purposes. 1st Australian Division diary for the landing. The place where the troops went ashore was as intended, despite the belief to the contrary. Once ashore, the vital tasks of organising and supplying the forward areas began. …

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