Thursday 20 March 2014 by John Holloway. 3 comments.
Education at the Memorial, News ACDSEH021

The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 August 1914. It took days for confirmation of Britain's entry into the war to reach Australia, even though mobilisation was already underway.

How did it come to this?

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Thursday 13 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Ned Kelly, body armour, DSTO

Day 5 - Ned Kelly would be jealous

What do Ned Kelly and modern Australian soldiers have in common? Body armour! Ned fashioned his out of metal, while the scientists in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) have spent years coming up with a sophisticated protective human shell. Like everything in the Australian Defence Force, it is commonly known by its abbreviation: MCBAS.

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Thursday 13 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories IEDs, Paul Kelly, Weapons of the Weak, landmines

Day 6 - 'From little things, big things grow'

An IED can be a very little thing. It sits just under the sand, waiting for a person or vehicle to step on it/drive over it, and boom!

Improvised Explosive Devices are like home made bombs or landmines. Terrorists will make them from anything they can get their hands on: plastic drink bottles, fertiliser, old batteries, alfoil, clothes pegs, and bits of old ordnance left behind by the Russians.

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Thursday 13 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Aussie hero quilters, windmills, giraffes, HMAS Toowoomba

Day 7 - Patrol Boat

Today we spent the afternoon and evening in the Port of Rashid, Dubai, visiting HMAS Toowoomba. This large warship will spend nearly six months at sea. On board were one captain, 190 crew, a giraffe and a special quilt.

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Thursday 13 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories environment, Al Minhad, UAE

Day 4 - Moonscape

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Wednesday 12 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Sydney, Kandahar, Ben Quilty

Day 2 - Departure lounge deja vu

We learned last night that the plane which the ADF charters each week to fly to and from Australia to the MEAO has broken down in Brisbane - hopefully it will be fixed to fly 24 hours later.... so I have made it to the GSAO - Greater Sydney Area of Operations. I'm fortunate to be able to stay with family instead of at Richmond barracks.

Activities to date:

0900 engage in daily transportation and security operation of escorting Marcus to primary school

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Wednesday 12 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories family, liminal, The Monthly, ADF

Day 3 - in the liminal zone

One of the few bits of content I recall from my undergrad degree is the concept of liminality. This refers to being 'betwixt and between' two places, or in transition. I am neither on deployment, nor in the office. I am technically in transit, with a forced stopover in Sydney.

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Tuesday 11 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Sydney, Afghanistan, MEAO, ADF

Twelve months ago I went to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) with the Australian War Memorial. I was working on an oral history-photographic project. The core part of the project was interviewing and photographing 19 currently serving members of the ADF - from the army, navy and airforce - before, during and after their deployment in 2013 to the MEAO.  In another 12 months time, you should be able to see the results of this work in an exhibition which will travel around Australia.

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Tuesday 4 March 2014 by John Holloway. No comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

Thank you to everyone who had a go at last week's Collection Detection. As promised, here is the answer:

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Tuesday 25 February 2014 by John Holloway. 4 comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

What is it?

This is #6 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we aim to make collection items accessible for classroom use by looking closely at an object and the story behind it.

So examine the object above and tell us what you think it is in the comments. (For those in the know, maybe you can guess how it was used!) As usual we will post the answer and the full story next week.

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