• Collection Detection answer #8

    Wednesday 23 April 2014 by John Holloway. 1 comments

    Thank you to everyone who submitted their guess for this week. As promised, here is the answer: It is a wooden sign, which reads “English burying place”, made from a section of packing case. It was found by Australian Ernest Peacock at Gallipoli in 1918, just after the war. The Allies had once again landed on the Gallipoli peninsula – this time in peace – where they would occupy the forts of the Dardanelles they had never reached in …

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  • Walking the Frontline - Simpson Prize 2014

    Tuesday 22 April 2014 by Stuart Baines.

    Today is always one of biggest days of the trip, it is the day where we walk the line and see the central area from Lone Pine to the Nek. The purpose of the day is to try and help the students understand what it was like, how these Anzac's experienced this brutal campaign. It can be tough physically and tough emotionally and so I was not surprised at how drained we all were on our return. We had a particularly poignant moment at the end of the …

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  • To queue or not to queue - Simpson Prize 2014

    Monday 21 April 2014 by Stuart Baines.

    Today has been a day of contrasts. This morning we walked down one of the major boulevards in the old city, down towards the Hippodrome and beside the Blue Mosque and Haigia Sophia. A beautiful pink and orange sky accompanied us as well as our usual pack of local dogs. With the exception of our little band the streets were virtually empty, the only consistent presence was the Turkish street sweepers that we came across every 100 or so metres. We …

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  • Our first day at Anzac Cove - Simpson Prize 2014

    Monday 21 April 2014 by Stuart Baines.

    Today is always my favourite day of the trip. It is the day that I get to be part of the students' and teachers' first taste of the Gallipoli peninsula. It always reminds me of my first steps here and the enormous and profound effect it had on me. Until that time I had focused my studies on the later action on the Western Front. I never understood why a sideshow campaign with comparatively small losses could be so etched into our collective …

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  • 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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  • The Memorial's Hollywood Connection

    Thursday 17 April 2014 by Kerry Neale. 2 comments

    McDonnell#039;s medal group.  McDonnell#039;s medals can be viewed through our online collection: http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/REL38409.001/ to http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/REL38409.007

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

    Thursday 17 April 2014 by . 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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  • 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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