Friday 23 January 2015 by Ashleigh Wadman. 1 comments.
Military Heraldry and Technology

Wartime textiles weave many different stories in their efforts to support, honour and remember Australians at war. The Memorial’s heraldry collection contains many examples of fabrics that have been autographed with people’s names as fundraising devices, records or symbols of friendship. Collecting signatures in autograph and scrap books has long been a popular practice in many different countries and time periods and these autographs on fabric exist in a similar fashion. The following examples reveal just a few of their stories.

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Thursday 22 January 2015 by Garth O'Connell. 4 comments.
Art, Collection, Collection Highlights, Military Heraldry and Technology

Perspectives of Parit Sulong

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of a tragic chapter in the history of the Australian Defence Force - the first documented massacre of Australian troops by the Imperial Japanese during the Second World War at Parit Sulong in Malaya on 22 January 1942. 

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Tuesday 20 January 2015 by Theresa Cronk. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Collection, Collection Highlights, News, Personal Stories

We all wished everybody the best of luck in the New Year particularly those at home.

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Monday 19 January 2015 by Dianne Rutherford. No comments.
Military Heraldry and Technology Vehicles; First World War; Second World War; Vietnam

Ford 3 ton F60L (long wheelbase) Cab 12 4x4 GS truck. Ford 3 ton F60L (long wheelbase) Cab 12 4x4 GS truck. REL31736

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Tuesday 13 January 2015 by Ashleigh Wadman. 4 comments.
Military Heraldry and Technology, Personal Stories

Thanks to increased interest in the experiences of the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) during the First World War, I recently attempted to redress the lack of focus on the nursing outpost of India. It would be a great shame to then omit the service of our girls in Salonika, who likewise faced extreme difficulties with remarkable courage and professionalism. Such hardships would eventually come to mark this theatre of war as one of the most difficult for the AANS.

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Tuesday 23 December 2014 by Alison Wishart. 7 comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection Highlights Christmas, Gallipoli, Food, socks

 

Perhaps you’ve packed, compiled or received a Christmas hamper full of goodies in the last few days.

About this time 99 years ago, the Anzacs who had evacuated from Gallipoli were eagerly awaiting their Christmas hampers.

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Tuesday 23 December 2014 by Alison Wishart. 5 comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary Memorials

How best to remember someone?

In the past, when someone died, some people created scrap books or dossiers as a way of working through their grief and gathering together all the memorabilia. This is what Maude Edmondson did when her son died at Tobruk in 1941, in an action for which he received a Victoria Cross.

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Thursday 18 December 2014 by Theresa Cronk. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Collection Highlights, News, Personal Stories

You wouldn’t think it possible to have a Merry Xmas in a place like this, would you? Well forget it...Thanks to a good lot of fellows du vin and the Almighty spreading a fog over the landscape we had Peace, Goodwill and a good time.

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Wednesday 17 December 2014 by David Gist. 5 comments.
Remember Me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt, First World War Centenary, Collection, Exhibitions

The 5th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery's football team The 5th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery's football team P10550.151

 

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Tuesday 16 December 2014 by Stephanie Hume. 3 comments.
Collection, Collection Highlights Published Collections, Christmas, First World War

The sending of a traditional Christmas card has diminished in popularity with the advent of mobile phones, email and social media. The Australian War Memorial has a large collection of postcards and greeting cards sent to and from Australian service personnel engaged in conflicts from the South African War (1898 – 1902) to Afghanistan (2001 – present). During the First World War, a very popular design of greeting card was the woven or embroidered silk postcard.

 

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