• Second World War Escape and Evasion compasses

    Friday 10 July 2015 by Dianne Rutherford.

    Continuing from the blog about Escape Evasion mapsissued during the Second World War, escape compasses were the next important piece of equipment to be developed by MI9. These compasses were produced in a vast variety and were issued as part of escape kits, hidden in uniforms, in buttons or inside innocent looking everyday items. Below are examples of the main types of escape compasses issued during the Second World War. Swinger compass …

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  • Second World War Escape and Evasion maps

    Wednesday 8 July 2015 by Dianne Rutherford. 2 comments

    Lamp shade made from MI9 maps.

    Quite a few people have examples of Second World War Escape Evasion (EE) maps in their homes. This document covers some of the basic aspects of the creation and issuing of EE maps during the Second World War. It is not a definitive history but is a starting point for those who hold or are interested in Second World War EE equipment. Lamp shade made from MI9 maps. REL34276 In …

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  • Linking Australian history to the English curriculum

    Thursday 18 June 2015 by Kathleen Cusack.

    Driver, the silky terrier.

    Driver, the silky terrier. A02639 “Nothing smells the same over here. I can no longer smell the pungent eucalypt trees. I can’t hear the screaming echoes of the white cockatoos that soar through smudgeless blue skies.” The wonderful thing about the Memorial’s collection is that it can be used as inspiration for lessons right across the curriculum, not just history. The …

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  • Re-uniting families with lost medals and other items

    Friday 12 June 2015 by Dianne Rutherford. 1 comments

    First World War trio.

    The Memorial is sometimes contacted by people wishing to return items they have found – often medals – to the family of the original recipients or users who served in the Australian Forces. Unfortunately, this can be quite a challenging and time consuming process and the Memorial does not have the resources to undertake such in-depth research for the public, nor do we have easy access to information about service people’s descendants. …

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  • Lost Diggers from the West

    Wednesday 3 June 2015 by David Gist. 1 comments

    The exhibition ‘Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt’ is about to commence a 12-month tour of Western Australia. In a happy coincidence, the Australian War Memorial is delighted to announce the identification of two more diggers from this collection. They both appear in this photograph that includes battalion mascot Jenny the monkey, which has proven to be a popular image with exhibition visitors.…

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  • Forthcoming publication of the Changi book

    Thursday 28 May 2015 by Lachlan Grant.

    To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in August 2015, the Australian War Memorial is publishing a book featuring a large collection of essays, collection items, works of art and photographs from Changi prisoner-of-war camp. For this publication we are reproducing parts of the following collection: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/3DRL/0369/ In regard to this particular publication, we are seeking to contact the …

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  • Understanding Australian Identity Discs Part 1 : First World War

    Friday 22 May 2015 by Dianne Rutherford. 8 comments

    Pattern 1907 identity disc with August 1914 format details stamped.

    OFFICIAL IDENTITY DISCS During the First World War there were threetypes of identity discs issued to those serving in the Australian Imperial Force [AIF]. Those serving in the Royal Australian Navy were not issued with identity discs (excluding members of the Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train, who do appear to have been issued with official identity discs), although somewore private purchase or improvised ones and I have come across one …

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM38 - Records of Charles E W Bean, Official Historian

    Wednesday 20 May 2015 by Craig Berelle. 3 comments

    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. Function and provenance Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean (1879-1968) donated his papers to the Australian War Memorial (AWM) over many years. His role as Australia’s Official War Correspondent and later Official Historian for …

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  • Gallipoli Highlights: the Ottoman Collection

    Tuesday 19 May 2015 by Alexandra Biggs. 1 comments

    Turkish War Medal (1915)

    As Australia commemorates the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, it is a timely opportunity to look at the objects in the collection of the Australian War Memorial relating to the Ottoman forces at Gallipoli. As part of an internship at the Australian War Memorial, I have been investigating the representation of the Ottoman forces at the Memorial, through looking at the acquisition and display of Ottoman objects from the Gallipoli campaign. …

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  • Uncommon Bravery, Edward William Mattner MC DCM MM

    Thursday 7 May 2015 by Cameron Ross. 9 comments

    Recently the Australian War Memorial received a donation from the family of the late Edward William Mattner MC DCM MM. This significant collection, which includes his medals, letters to his parents and photographs, highlights the exceptional life of service to Australia both in military and civil life. During the First World War Mattner would receive the Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal for bravery; one of only six …

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