• Deploying to the MEAO - Day 7

    Thursday 13 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    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. The toy giraffe belongs to "Hirsch", one of the Petty Officers. He uses it when he skypes his three daughters at home. However, he can only use skype when they are in port and the bandwidth is big enough to …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 4

    Thursday 13 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    Day 4 - Moonscape The Al Minhad Air Base (AMAB) feels a bit like being on the moon (not that I've been to the moon). The Australian compound has been plonked on this dry, dusty, treeless, flat piece of earth, which is about 40 minutes drive from the port of Dubai. It is very clean, orderly and comfortable but feels totally foreign in this alien landscape. There are many attempts at beautification, with petunias planted on the curbs at some entry …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 2

    Wednesday 12 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    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…

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 3

    Wednesday 12 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    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. I feel very, very lucky to have been able to spend this liminal period with my brother and his family. I have enjoyed holding the little hands …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 1

    Tuesday 11 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    Twelve months ago I went to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) with the Australian War Memorial. I was workingon 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 …

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  • Collection Detection answer #6

    Tuesday 4 March 2014 by John Holloway.

    Thank you to everyone who had a go at last week's Collection Detection. As promised, here is the answer: It is a German side drum, which was souvenired from Rabaul by Private Valentine Flemming of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (ANMEF). Being a military drum, it most likely belonged to a soldier of the German garrison at Rabaul, which was overcome when the Australians attacked at nightfall on the 12 September 1914. Most of…

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  • Collection Detection #6

    Tuesday 25 February 2014 by John Holloway. 4 comments

    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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  • Dig Deeper - The tragic mystery of AE1

    Thursday 20 February 2014 by John Holloway. 12 comments

    The AE1 at Devonshire Dock, Barrow UK, 1913. Australia’s first submarines, the HMAS AE1 and her sister-ship AE2 (‘A’ for Australian, ‘E’ for E class submarine) first entered Sydney Harbour at 6am on 24 May 1914, as the country celebrated Empire Day. The two vessels had just completed the longest-ever voyage for a submarine: 24,000 kilometres and 60 days at sea from the shipyards of Vickers Armstrong in England, to Sydney. With their mix…

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  • Australia's link to Colditz

    Monday 17 February 2014 by Tamsin Hong. 8 comments

    Colditz Castle was used as a prisoner of war camp for Allied prisoners who had attempted to escape from their German captors during the Second World War. The castle has captured popular imagination through the film The Colditz Story (1955) based on P.R. Reids book of the same name.

    Colditz Castle was used as a prisoner of war camp for Allied prisoners who had attempted to escape from their German captors during the Second World War. The castle has captured popular imagination through the film The Colditz Story (1955) based on P.R. Reids book of the same name. P01608.012 Unknown to their captors, eight prisoners were huddled in a small office, waiting for the …

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  • Collection Detection answer #5

    Tuesday 11 February 2014 by John Holloway. 1 comments

    Thank you to everyone who had a go at last week's Collection Detection, and congratulations to those who guessed (or searched!) correctly: Answer: It is a ‘Garland’ improvised trench mortar, found in the Australian trenches at Lone Pine, Gallipoli. A trench mortar in action at Gallipoli. Most mortars, like this 'Garland' type, were essentially hollow tubes that fired a small bomb in a high arc over the trenches. Such simple weapons lent …

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