Wednesday 2 April 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories uniforms, Afghanistan, tattooes, 7RAR, scarification

Day 22: Uniform(ity)

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Tuesday 1 April 2014 by John Holloway. No comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

Thank you to everyone who submitted their guess for this week. As promised, here is the answer:

It is a button hook – a popular and necessary item between the 1890s and 1920s, used to pull buttons through buttonholes. They were particularly useful when the garment or footwear was tough and unyielding. 

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Monday 31 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Afghanistan, Kabul, Easter, recycling

Day 20: Easter without eggs

It's Easter Sunday and I am feeling deprived because I have NO chocolate eggs to eat. When we went to the European DFAC (Dining FACility) for brekky, I consoled myself with a croissant dipped in hot chocolate.

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Monday 31 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Hercules C130, Kabul, Kandahar, AMAB, Easter

Day 21: up, up and away

Today we said goodbye to the magnificent mountains of Kabul and flew back to AMAB (Al Minhad Air Base). We were supposed to be going to Kandahar in southern Afghanistan, but the flight was cancelled.  I was a bit disappointed not to visit Kandahar, once the capital of Afghanistan and now the second largest city, but not much.  If you’ve seen Ben Quilty’s painting of Kandahar, you’ll know why.

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Wednesday 26 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Afghanistan, literacy, IEDs

Day 19 - the streets of Kabul

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Wednesday 26 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Easter, passports, KAIA-N, Kabul, Afghanistan

Day 18 - not really here

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Wednesday 26 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories mothering, Afghanistan, skype

Day 16 - Staying connected

No modern soldier goes to war without a laptop. This was an observation that Sally Sara, the ABC's former foreign correspondent in Afghanistan made. Sara reported that when some troops who were stationed at a remote patrol base and hadn't been able to have a shower for three months were offered the choice of having showers or internet access installed, they chose internet.

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Wednesday 26 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Afghanistan, boredom, recreation

Day 17 - Battle rhythmn

Back in Australia, you'll hear the phrase: "work/life balance". Balancing the needs of children or significant others with the demands of a job while running a household can be a complex and sometimes stressful juggling act. Things get out of balance easily. On deployment, I've come to the conclusion that the equation is not "work/life" but "work = life".

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Wednesday 26 March 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. No comments.
Anzac Voices, Personal Stories Water; Horses; Light Horse

When rest of the AIF went to France in 1916, the bulk of the mounted forces remained behind in Egypt. Some men, feeling they were missing out on ‘the action’, left the Light Horse and joined the infantry serving on the Western Front.

 

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Monday 24 March 2014 by John Holloway. 7 comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

What is it?

This is #7 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we look at an unusual collection item and the story behind it.

Examine the object above and tell us what you think it is in the comments. We will post the answer and the full story next week!

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