• Deploying to the MEAO - Day 1

    Tuesday 11 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

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    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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  • Film Collection Online: Flying with a Dambuster

    Friday 7 February 2014 by Daniel Eisenberg.

    The Australian War Memorial has been screening a selection of Second World War films as part of its Summer Film Series. On Sunday 2 February the classic film ‘The Dam Busters’ was screened. To support the introduction last Sunday this brief showreel was put together by the Film and Sound section drawing upon items in the collection which relate to the Dambuster raid and lancaster bombers in general. Included in the showreel are extracts from…

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  • Memorial Box Banter - Part III

    Friday 7 February 2014 by Kathleen Cusack. 2 comments

    The Australian War Memorial is fortunate to have nearly eighty Memorial Boxes situated across Australia. Twenty are stored on-site here in Canberra whilst the remainder are administered by the State Library of Queensland, Social Education Victoria, City of Fremantle, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Darwin Military Museum, State Library of South Australia, Albury City Library Museum, Western-Australian Museum and Museum of Tropical Queensland …

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  • Schools, show us your work!

    Thursday 6 February 2014 by John Holloway. 1 comments

    Here in the Education section we love to know what you're working on in the classroom, or how you might have used some of our resources. Send in your pictures, poems, photos, or anything else you'd like to share to education@awm.gov.au. We'll feature a selection on our website every month. Look forward to hearing from you!

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  • 50th anniversary of sinking of HMAS Voyager II

    Thursday 6 February 2014 by Lenore Heath. 9 comments

    NAVY15894 Monday 10 February 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of a momentous event in Royal Australian Navy (RAN) history, the loss of the destroyer HMAS Voyager II following a collision with the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne II. With many new crew members aboard, HMAS Voyager sailed from Sydney to Jervis Bay on 6 February 1964 for a series of post re-fit trials and exercises with HMAS Melbourne.…

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