• Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) 1914 - 15 outdoor dress

    Wednesday 14 May 2014 by Ashleigh Wadman. 9 comments

    Nurses prior to boarding HMAT Orsova. Note the rather useless bonnet of the 1914 outdoor dress and the variations in collars and fabric colour.

    This is the first in a series of blogs that covers the basic aspects of Australian uniforms during the First World War. There is a great diversity between nursing uniforms of the First World War. This variety is due to the fact that nursing uniforms were not centrally manufactured or issued in this war. Instead, nurses were given a uniform allowance to equip themselves and were allowed to make their own uniforms if they chose. This, and tailoring…

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  • A Mother's Love

    Friday 9 May 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 10 comments

    Memorial gold brooch presented to John Freeth’s mother, Ethel. The portrait photograph in the pendant was a hand coloured copy of one taken in Piccadilly, London in 1943. Finely engraved on the reverse side of this gold and glass brooch are the words "To dear John Freeth’s Mother, With regard from his friends at Angus Coote. 1944."At the centre of the brooch a hand-painted portrait of the youthful Flight Sergeant John Samuel Freeth in …

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  • Autumn Leaves

    Friday 9 May 2014 by . 2 comments

    Portrait of the file room of the general office, Base Records.

    Reading Room, Saturday 17 May 2014, 11.00am. Bookings are essential. Have you ever wondered what happens to the military’s official documents? Have you ever wondered how historians and academics access military documents and files for their research? Now is your chance to take a look behind the scenes at the official records held by the Australian War Memorial as a part of the Autumn Activities program. This tour, led by the official records …

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  • The Partners Project

    Thursday 8 May 2014 by Gabrielle Considine.

    P05415.003 Recently, partners of current serving members of the ADF have shared their stories with the Australian War Memorial as part of the Partner’s Project. Through oral history interviews, this project explores the everyday lives of people who support their military partner. Many partners have discussed the highs and lows of postings and deployment, and the impact these have had on their …

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  • Memorial Box Banter - Part V

    Thursday 8 May 2014 by Kathleen Cusack. 2 comments

    Nearly a century has passed since the First World War began. It has been almost seventy five years since the Second World War and over fifty years since the arrival of Australian troops in Vietnam. It is little wonder that it can be challenging for students today to understand the contribution Australians have made in wartime. Memorial Boxes are consistently booked out each year in the weeks leading up to Anzac Day as schools search for a way to…

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  • Collection Detection #9

    Tuesday 6 May 2014 by John Holloway. 4 comments

    What is it? Examine this object and tell us what you think it is in the comments. We will post the answer and the full story next week! This is #9 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we look at an unusual collection item and the story behind it.

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  • An unlikely wartime poster gallery

    Thursday 1 May 2014 by .

    Karl Josef Gollrad, [Subscribe to the War Loan...], 1914-1918

    In November 2013 the Memorial purchased 13 First World War (FWW) posters at the auction of the Dr Hans Sachs collection in New York. As part of my research into the collector Dr Hans Sachs (1882-1974) I discovered that, his passion for the graphic arts led to a German U-boat becoming an unlikely exhibition venue for posters at the height of the First World War. A friend and fellow poster enthusiast of Dr Sachs, Mr Hans Paasche, served as a German…

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  • New Soldiers solve Old Problems

    Thursday 1 May 2014 by Edwin Ride. 4 comments

    Last Thursday the Photograph Section was given the opportunity to host two recently returned veterans of the war in Afghanistan, as part of an ongoing Soldiers in Residence program. The program is designed to familiarize soldiers with the work of the Memorial, at the same time exposing Memorial staff to aspects of ADF culture and practices that might enhance staff’s understanding of the modern Defence members’ experiences in war and other …

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  • Grit the Monster

    Tuesday 29 April 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 7 comments

    Mk IV Female Tank (4643) made in Glasgow, Scotland, by Coventry Works in 1917. Female tanks were fitted with four machine guns, while Male versions carried 6 pounder guns.

    Mk IV Female Tank (4643) made in Glasgow, Scotland, by Coventry Works in 1917. Female tanks were fitted with four machine guns, while Male versions carried 6 pounder guns. RELAWM05040.001 Built to crash, smash and traverse with ease the potholed moonscape of the Western Front, British tanks were hailed by some as the answer to the stalemate of trench warfare. The rhomboidal shape …

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  • Anzac Day - Simpson Prize 2014

    Saturday 26 April 2014 by Stuart Baines.

    Lack of sleep and the enormity of the day yesterday has prevented the blog going up earlier. It is always a unique experience when taking a bunch of teenagers to an event like this. Each year they critically examine their experience and all bring their own perspective. Commemoration is powerful but it also resonates in different ways for people. I am always fascinated to see how our Simpson Prize winners react, and even more so the ensuing …

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