• "To win through safely would mean honour and achievement, on the other hand to fall would mean an honourable end."

    Friday 24 April 2015 by Robyn van Dyk.

    Last goodbyes, personal reflections and contemplations on the meaning and reality of war form part of the accounts of Australians on the eve of battle on 24 April, 1915. Brigadier General John Monash was one of many who wrote a last letter home: “In the event of my going out, you are to believe that I do so with only one regret, which is, the grief that this will bring to you and Burt and Mat. – For myself, I am prepared to take my chance ……

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  • Ways of commemorating the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli

    Thursday 23 April 2015 by Liz Holcombe.

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Anzac Day goes beyond the landing, and is the day we remember the Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The Memorial is interested in how the anniversary will be commemorated in Australia and around the world, and we have a couple of online activities planned to mark this significant moment in history: a digital …

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  • Istanbul to Gallipoli - Simpson Prize 2015

    Thursday 23 April 2015 by Lachlan Grant.

    Simpson Prize 2015 - Gallipoli

    Day 4 - Istanbul to Gallipoli We started off our journey to Gallipoli with a crisp cool morning. At exactly 7am we set off for a four hour drive. During the bus ride we enjoyed listening to everyone's out of tune sing along to 'Frozen', 'Riptide' and many other songs. Luckily during this bus ride we were able to stop for breaks. For one of these breaks we were able to visit a mini zoo which had an entrance that was decorated with smurfs. Inside,…

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM4 - Australian Imperial Force Unit War Diaries

    Thursday 23 April 2015 by Craig Berelle.

    AWM4 1/43/5 April 1915

    Highlight on the official records of the First World War is a centenary program highlighting those records created 100 years ago, whythey exist and how we can help make these essential records available for research purposes. AWM4 1/43/5 April 1915 [RCDIG1011209--24 cropped] 1st Australian Division diary for the landing at Gallipoli. The place where the troops went ashore was as intended, despite a widespread belief to the contrary. AWM4 1/43/5 …

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  • Istanbul - Simpson Prize 2015

    Monday 20 April 2015 by Lachlan Grant.

    Group shot of 2015 Simpson Prize winners in Istanbul

    Day 1 - Istanbul After flying in from every capital city in Australia we met in Sydney for the long journey to Turkey. After changing flights in Singapore, we arrived safely in Istanbul in the morning to a find a perfect sunny spring day. After checking in to our hotel we left for lunch, then visited the Spice Bazaar before enjoying a cruise on the Bosphorus from where we viewed the mosques, forts, palaces and historic timber homes. We also …

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  • Capturing Ephemera for the First World War Centenary

    Thursday 16 April 2015 by Alexandra Orr. 1 comments

    With the Centenary of the First World War being so widely commemorated around Australia, the Australian War Memorial is eager to capture the ways in which the nation is doing this. Front page of leaflet for 'The Dirty Red Digger', Anzac Centenary Concert, performed by The Griffin Ensemble. Reverse of leaflet for 'The Dirty Red Digger', Anzac Centenary Concert, performed by The Griffin Ensemble. Many local libraries, museums, …

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  • Simpson Prize 2015

    Thursday 16 April 2015 by Lachlan Grant.

    2015 Simpson Prize winners, teachers, and runners-up during their visit to the Australian War Memorial in March.

    For more than a decade the Australian War Memorial has supported the Simpson Prize, the premier history based essay writing competition for Australian school students. Named after John Simpson Kirkpatrick, one of the most iconic figures to emerge from the Great War, this year’s prize will again see the eight winning students, one from each state and territory, and two winning history teachers; embark on a tour of Turkey and the Gallipoli …

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  • Exploding like clockwork

    Wednesday 8 April 2015 by Stephanie Boyle. 3 comments

    E00383 It isalways interestingto look atphotographs from WW1besideimages from Afghanistan,butthis casesuggests the truth ofthe old saying, "some things never change". The WW1 photographabove was taken following the retreat ofGerman forcesfromthe French village they so recently occupied.In keeping witha practice typical of the time, explosive booby traps were oftenrigged for unwary allied troops …

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  • First World War diaries digitisation project

    Wednesday 8 April 2015 by Robyn van Dyk. 12 comments

    To mark the centenary of the First World War the UNSW Canberra, Academy Library is digitising original First World War diaries in its collection. The Academy Library is seeking contact with relatives of the persons listed below. If you have any further information about these people, or their descendants, please contact Special Collections Curator Rose Holley via 02 6268 6088 or please contact the Library via library@adfa.edu.au Sir General …

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  • Non-Australian civilian Birdwood connections

    Thursday 2 April 2015 by Charis May.

    This section of the Birdwood blog series contains names of non-Australian civilians, politicians, diplomats and businessmen. Some were people in authority, while others are everyday citizens writing to thank Birdwood for his service. One lady, Mrs Phillips, billeted Anzacs in her home in Edinburgh and had developed a high regard for the men. If have any connection to these people, please contact Charis May via PubandDig@awm.gov.au Other blogs …

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