• Yarns – a new Memorial knitting publication

    Tuesday 2 September 2014 by Ashleigh Wadman. 13 comments

    Miss Coll knitting socks directly from a sheeps fleece in Melbourne, Victoria. The Australian Comforts Fund then packed the completed socks into bales - as seen to her left - and shipped them overseas to Australian troops.

    Miss Coll knitting socks directly from a sheeps fleece in Melbourne, Victoria. The Australian Comforts Fund then packed the completed socks into bales - as seen to her left - and shipped them overseas to Australian troops. H02438 The Memorial is seeking to publish Yarns: First World War Stories and Patterns from the Australian War Memorial’s Knitted Collections in April 2015. The …

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  • The first to fall

    Wednesday 27 August 2014 by Aaron Pegram. 5 comments


    Among the first casulties of the First World War were Australians fighting in the British Army. On 26 August 1914, two weeks before the first action undertaken by Australian troops in the First World War, a 22-year-old lieutenant of the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment lay mortally wounded by shrapnel in a cornfield outside the village of Ligny-en-Cambrésis. He had been in France for just three days. British and French troops had fought a …

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  • Inside the Anzac Connections project

    Tuesday 26 August 2014 by Daniel McGlinchey. 7 comments

    “…it is simply rotten here in the bad weather up to our knees in mud and water and no chance of getting dry …” The man who endured these conditions, Private John Collingwood Angus, 28th Battalion, was writing to his sister Nance, from France in May 1916. By 6 July he was killed but the letters he wrote were donated to the Australian War Memorial and his words now reverberate through time because of modern technology. My name is Daniel …

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  • Dig Deeper - Recruitment standards

    Wednesday 20 August 2014 by My Testing. 1 comments

    How would you measure up? With the outbreak of war in August 1914, Australia began an official recruiting effort to raise an army to send overseas. However, the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), as it was named, would not take just anyone. It was intended to be a force of skilled, experienced soldiers, chosen from "the fittest, strongest, and most ardent in the land".1 Recruits being medical examined at Victoria Barracks. With 820,000 Australian …

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  • ANZAC Connections: Centenary digitisation project

    Monday 18 August 2014 by Daniel McGlinchey. 14 comments

    The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the ANZACs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war. The collections are selected from our extensive archives and reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians during the First World War, not just well-known personalities. This project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s collections as …

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) 1914-1918 working dress

    Wednesday 13 August 2014 by Ashleigh Wadman. 17 comments

    Matron Margaret Grace Wilson “doing a round” in Lemnos in May 1915.

    This is one 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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  • Gatenby's blanket: an embroidered service history

    Thursday 7 August 2014 by Tamsin Hong. 4 comments

    A guide to C A Gatenbys embroidered blanket

    Given it’s the final month of another chilly winter here in Canberra, I felt it was fitting to share with you one of the cosiest objects on display at the Memorial: Corporal Clifford Gatenby’s embroidered blanket. Its unique design has captivated visitors with its richly embroidered images from across the globe, as well as the more familiar symbols of Australia. It is also a rare example of an object of its size to have been created in a …

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  • The messages - Commemorative Crosses Project

    Wednesday 6 August 2014 by .

    Children writing messages on Commemorative Crosses

    “Your spirit astounds us Your bravery inspires us Your courage awes us Your sacrifice strengthens us...” These words are inscribed by an Australian school aged child upon a simple wooden cross to be laid at a war grave of a fallen Australian serviceperson. Messages of hope and thanks have been written on thousands of crosses that have been placed on the graves where Australian Servicemen and women are buried. These include countries…

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  • Some notes on Farewell and Welcome Home jewellery from the First World War

    Tuesday 5 August 2014 by Chris Goddard. 2 comments

    Engraved jewellery was frequently presented to departing and returning soldiers by local shire councils and ‘Farewell’ or ‘Welcome Home’ committees during the First World War. Also known as ‘Tribute’ jewellery, these were presented in public ceremonies or dinners and often reported in the local press. With some diligent searching, these reports can be located by searching newspaper databases such as ‘Trove’. As the jewellery was …

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  • Behind the scenes - Roll of Honour Soundscape Project

    Monday 4 August 2014 by . 6 comments

    Sound file for the Roll of Honour Soundscape during an editing process

    Over a very busy week in the middle of June 130 schools from all across Australia participated in the Australian War Memorials Roll of Honour Soundscape Project. This project is a part of the commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War and just one of many ways the Memorial is involving children in the commemoration. This Project was launched on 4 August with the schools recording around 6,500 of the 62,000 names that appear on the …

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