Monday 27 October 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. No comments.
Collection Italy; Maps; Isonzo

Several years ago, when I worked in the Memorial’s Research Centre, One collection item I researched was a wonderful and very rare Australian Imperial Force (AIF) map of the Italian front, held in the Memorial’s collection. This item is very unusual in the Memorial’s collection, if for no other reason that the AIF was not involved in the fighting on this front. However, in October 1917, some Australians map makers rendered Italy a small service in their fight against the Austro-Hungarian and German armies.

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Wednesday 22 October 2014 by Stuart Baines. 2 comments.
Education at the Memorial, Opinion, views and commentary

Military history plays an important part in defining chapters in the history of individual nations. Its impacts reach into most aspects of life and experience not only during the time of conflict but also before and after the event. Isolating the period of conflict from the social or political history has the potential to become an orchard in which the fruit of myth grows ripe.

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Friday 17 October 2014 by Theresa Cronk. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, News, Personal Stories

This blog post was written by Anne Landais, a French student from the Ecole Nationale des Chartes (National School of Palaeography and Archival Studies), which is a university level institution that prepares students in the human and social sciences for careers in history related domains. The current priorities of the Ecole Nationale des Chartes include the development of digital technologies applied to historical research and heritage studies, and finally the reinforcement of its international initiatives.

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Friday 17 October 2014 by Alana Treasure. 6 comments.
Art, First World War Centenary, Collection, Conservation Dioramas

Our apologies that it has been a while since our last FWW Dioramas conservation posting - it's been a big year!!

Along with continued cleaning and repairs, some of the tasks and activities we've been spending our time on this year are moulding and casting missing weapons, repairing broken weapons and re-joining the previously cut pieces of diorama bases requiring filling and inpainting. The Semakh diorama has been returned to display in the galleries after decades in storage, and the Desert Patrol diorama introduced. We hope to explain each of these in future blog posts when time allows!

Somme Winter

A sneak peak at Somme Winter behind the new display façade in the gallery

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Friday 17 October 2014 by John Holloway. 1 comments.
Education at the Memorial, Memorial box banter

Concerned about the new curriculum? We can help!

Exploring primary and secondary sources in the classroom can seem like a daunting prospect but the new Australian curriculum provides an exciting opportunity for students to put their hands on history. 

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Friday 17 October 2014 by Stuart Bennington. No comments.

When we talk about Official Records we are usually referring to records that are hand written, typed, carbon copied, mimeographed or even Photostat; but all on paper.  Yet nowadays we live in an age where records are generated mostly in an electronic format.  Only records that were created in 1987 or earlier are currently in the open access period and available to the public.  Therefore you would not expect to see too many electronic Official Records ‘on the shelves’ so to speak.  So when earlier this year we came across a 9 track magnetic tape which purported to hold da

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Tuesday 14 October 2014 by John Holloway. 1 comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

Thank you to everyone who submitted their guess for last week's Collection Detection. As promised, here is the answer:

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Friday 10 October 2014 by Robyn van Dyk. 3 comments.

Do you have some spare time in the next few weeks?

The Memorial’s Anzac Connections project is seeking some volunteers to help index and transcribe one of the Memorial’s most important documents - the First World War Nominal Roll.

Using this data the Memorial is hoping to create a unique identity and page for every person who served in the First World War as part of the Anzac Connections project.

You will also be enhancing the Memorial’s databases so that everyone will be able to find out more about Australians who served more easily.

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Friday 10 October 2014 by David Heness. 18 comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Collection, Personal Stories

Private James Charles Martin was in a bad state. Exhausted and suffering from a high fever, he lay aboard the hospital ship Glenart Castle under the watchful eye of Matron Frances Hope Logie Reddoch. Jim was nearly fifteen thousand kilometres from his family in Hawthorn, Victoria. He had lost over half his weight serving in the squalor of the trenches at Gallipoli and had contracted typhoid fever. Soldiers often contracted the disease in the unsanitary conditions of the trenches. Then again, most soldiers were not fourteen years old.

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