• Underground in Istanbul - Simpson Prize 2014

    Saturday 19 April 2014 by Stuart Baines.

    Day two of this experience and we were lucky enough to visit some of the most amazing sites of Istanbul. One in particular, Chora Church Museum gives a particularly interesting window into the layered history of this city. The more time we spend looking into this city and its treasures the more I hope we can start painting a picture of the Turkish people for the students. These are a people with a much longer and in some respects, more …

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  • Touching Down - Simpson Prize 2014

    Friday 18 April 2014 by Stuart Baines. 1 comments

    For over a decade the Australian War Memorial has supported the Simpson Prize, the premier history based essay writing competition for Australian school students. In the 2014 centenary, the Simpson Prize has once again inspired students across the nation, and eight lucky winners, one from each state and territory, have today touched down in Istanbul for the start of their tour of Turkey and the Gallipoli battlefields. I have the honour of leading…

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  • "I sprang to my feet in one jump..."

    Thursday 17 April 2014 by David Heness. 4 comments

    Private Cecil Anthony McAnulty was barely able to stand. Exhausted from the intense fighting of the previous two days, he used a brief period of respite to pen his experiences of the past few days to paper. Cecil had written in his diary every day since he had left Australia. When he had completely filled his first diary he begana second, writing onwhatever scraps of paper he could find and often using the backs of envelopes sent from home. For …

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  • The Memorial's Hollywood Connection

    Thursday 17 April 2014 by Kerry Neale. 2 comments

    What link does the Australian War Memorial have to George Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett? In the Memorial’s National Collection is a Second World War medal group belonging to Aeneas John Lindsay McDonnell, born at Toowoomba, Queensland, in 1904. He enlisted for military service in Brisbane in May 1944. McDonnell had already served overseas with the Red Cross in Africa and the Middle East from April 1940 until November 1943, and …

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  • Anzac Connections

    Wednesday 16 April 2014 by Robyn van Dyk. 2 comments

    Bringing historic documents from the Australian War Memorial’s archive to all Australians The first 150 collections of private records related to individuals who served in the First World War are now online and hold a wealth of stories. In the centenary year of the First World War, the Memorial has launched one of its major commemorative projects to make available the rare historic personal records of Australians who served. ANZAC Connections …

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  • Confiscated by the Nazis in 1938, 13 First World War posters make exciting additions to the Memorial’s world class poster collection.

    Wednesday 16 April 2014 by .

    Pal Sujan, Országos Hadigondozó Kiállitás [National Exhibition of War-Invalid Care], 1917

    Pal Sujan, Országos Hadigondozó Kiállitás [National Exhibition of War-Invalid Care], 1917 ARTV10347 In November 2013 the Memorial purchased 13 First World War (FWW) posters at auction in New York. The posters are notable additions to the Memorial’s world class poster collection not only for their aesthetic and historic values but also for their extraordinary provenance. All …

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  • Collection Detection #8

    Tuesday 15 April 2014 by John Holloway.

    What is it? Examine this object and tell us what you think it is in the comments.(Hint: It was found at Shrapnel Gully, Gallipoli, in 1918.) We will post the answer and the full story next week! This is #8 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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  • Australian forces to be remembered at international history conference

    Monday 14 April 2014 by Emma Campbell.

    Troops of A Company, 61st Infantry Battalion, move out on patrol at Warapa on Bougainville Island, in February 1945.

    The often criticised role of Australian forces during the final 12 months of the Second World War will be examined at an international conference of leading historians and academics being held on the 70th anniversary of the period. At the conference 1944: seventy years on, convened this month by the respected Second World War journal Global War Studies at Britain’s Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Australian War Memorial senior historian Dr …

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  • Patrol Bases of Uruzgan

    Friday 11 April 2014 by Stephanie Boyle.

    .. We’ve had seven contacts, and 29 cache finds in the last three to four months.. we’ve killed three insurgents.. so it’s a quite active area. In 2011, the Memorial's official cinematographer John Martinkus travelled from Australia’s base in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, to Patrol Base Samad, a small and simply constructed outpost where Australian troops train and mentor Afghan National Army members, and Patrol Base MirwaisSet the task of …

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  • 'The Woman Who Threw Japs'

    Friday 11 April 2014 by Lucy Robertson. 5 comments

    The embroidered Lunghwa tablecloth which depicts a map of the internment camp, surrounded by approximately 800 signatures.

    The embroidered Lunghwa tablecloth which depicts a map of the internment camp, surrounded by approximately 800 signatures. RELAWM32380 On a slow news day in Perth in 1950, an article appeared in The Daily News with the eye-catching title of ‘The Woman Who Threw Japs’. The Daily News reported of a Russian woman who had tackled and ‘thrown’ three Japanese prison guards while …

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