• The mystery comforter

    Thursday 3 March 2016 by . 4 comments

    We need your help! Do you know what a comforter is? We would like to hear from you if you have any information about how to arrange this knitted comforter from the First World War. The Memorial acquired this hand-knitted wool comforter in 1981. It was worn by Sergeant Leslie Wilson Thompson during his service on the Western Front with 22 and 24 Battalion. He enlisted for service on 6 April 1915 and returned to Australia in early April 1919. It is…

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  • Welcoming home HMAS Sydney from the Gulf War, 1991

    Friday 26 February 2016 by Dianne Rutherford.

    HMAS Sydney IV crew February 1991.

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the end of the Gulf war on 28 February 1991. One of the Australian vessels who served during the Gulf War was HMAS Sydney IV. On 3 December 1990 HMA ships Sydney and Brisbane arrived in the Persian Gulf to relieve the Adelaide and Darwin as part of Operation Damask. They participated in surveillance and boarding operations and after Operation Desert Storm began, Sydney was assigned to the escort screen …

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  • Royal Australian Navy records of the First Gulf War – End of the War

    Thursday 25 February 2016 by Stuart Bennington.

    First page of AAP bulletin for the Navy 28 February 1991 – AWM386 [12/4 Part 1]

    25 years ago the First Gulf War was coming to a very rapid conclusion. After months of build-up and months of CNN wheeling out their latest expert for the hour in their 24 hour coverage, the world had stood tensed waiting for something to happen. On 17 January it all finally started, with an aerial bombing campaign which gave CNN no end of images to play over and over. It all built towards an inevitable crescendo, when on 24 February the ground …

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  • CDT3 Report of Proceedings First Gulf War

    Friday 19 February 2016 by Stuart Bennington. 2 comments

    Report of Proceedings front cover

    Report of Proceedings front cover A very recent acquisition for the Memorial from the SeaPower Centre is the Reports of Proceeding of Clearance Diving Team 3 (CDT3) during the First Gulf War. Reports of proceedings are usually a set of monthly reports of the goings on of a particular ship or establishment in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). This one is different in being arranged as a sort of scrap book covering the whole of the deployment of …

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: New Guinea campaign records, 1914-18 War

    Monday 15 February 2016 by Craig Berelle.

    AWM33 3 Holmes Collection

    Highlight on the official records of the First World War is a centenary program of posts 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 AWM33 is a series of records relating to the military occupation of German New Guinea by the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force during 1914-1921 and to the writing of The …

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  • “Gott Strafe England!”: Walter Koch in Holsworthy Camp 1918

    Tuesday 9 February 2016 by Dianne Rutherford.

    Koch's coat on display in 2015 During the First World War several thousand people of “enemy origin” were interned in Australia. This included sailors removed from prize ships and merchant navy vessels,Australian residents born overseas – even some that were naturalised, and others born in Australia of “enemy” background. There were also about 1200 people interned from overseas from places like Singapore,British Indiaand the Pacific …

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  • SS Cumberland’s place in maritime history

    Friday 5 February 2016 by .

    Wreckage of SS Cumberland off Gabo Island,7 July 1917

    If you were compiling a list of maritime “firsts”, you might want to include the SS Cumberland: she has the distinction of being the first civilian ship to be lost in Australian waters due to an enemy mine. The SS Cumberland was a four-masted steamer owned by the British Steam Navigation Company. Early in the First World War, she was being used to transport cargo around Australia and to England. In July 1917 she was heading for England with a…

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  • HMAS Voyager wrecked and burning at Betano Bay

    Friday 5 February 2016 by .

    Charles Bush,

    In December 1945 official war artist Charles Bush found himself sketching in the crashing surf of Betano Bay, Timor, recording the rusting hulk of HMAS Voyager. More than three years previously this bay had been the site of dramatic events that ultimately ended with the scuttling of the ship. Charles Bush was following in the traditions of the Official War Art Scheme established during the First World War to record and reconstruct paintings of …

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  • Wearing patriotism

    Friday 29 January 2016 by . 2 comments

    Elsie Myra (Judy) Richards of Newcastle, pictured here in September, 1942, is operating a lathe in a munitions factory. A row of 20-pounder anti-tank shells sit in the foreground.

    Elsie Myra (Judy) Richards of Newcastle, pictured here in September, 1942, is operating a lathe in a munitions factory. A row of 20-pounder anti-tank shells sit in the foreground. 013178 The needs of the factory worker In Britain and Australia during the Second World War, the head scarf worn by the munitions worker was adopted for pragmatic reasons, more than fashionable ones. It …

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  • Australian of the Year 2016

    Tuesday 26 January 2016 by Stephanie Boyle. 1 comments

    Image : AWM P12391 Photographic portrait of Lt.General David Morrison

    This striking portrait of former Chief of Army and 2016 Australian of the Year, David Morrison, was taken by renowned Australian photographer Peter Brew-Bevan. Brew- Bevan donated to the Australian War Memorial's National Collection in 2015.

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