• Lockheed Hudson - The First Cut

    Wednesday 3 November 2010 by Jamie Croker.

    One of the first steps in the conversion to re-fit the Boulton Paul upper turret was to remove any excess material from the fuselage.  This meant cutting a hole in the upper rear fuselage, and removing the skin and additional structure which had been replaced post war. Out line where skin needed to be cut After taking a template form the structure of A16-128, the skin was cut. Kim Wood, our in house aircraft …

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  • Japanese Ha-Go Tank conservation

    Monday 1 November 2010 by John Kemister. 1 comments

    The tank to the rear right in this image was captured in a pivotal action at Milne Bay in New Guinea in September 1942 after the defeat of the Japanese landing force. It had been involved in actions with Australian infantry of the 61st and 2/10th Batallions, and was stopped by SX1603 Jack O'Brien with a Boyes anti-tank rifle on 28 August 1942. O'Brien was wounded and awarded a DCM for this and other actions around that time. The …

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  • Roo De Kanga

    Friday 29 October 2010 by Justin Powell. 4 comments

    Improvised Australian street sign, ROO DE KANGA, from Peronne, France

    Improvised Australian street sign, ROO DE KANGA, from Peronne, France RELAWM00969 This blog post was written by Justin Powell, a post-graduate student from the Australian National University who briefly worked at the Memorial as an intern in ourMilitary Heraldry and Technologysection. The Memorial’s collection houses a number of First World War trench signs and notice boards. …

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  • Experiences of a Prisoner of War in Turkey : the Captain White story

    Wednesday 20 October 2010 by Amanda Rebbeck. 2 comments

    In preparation for the upcoming 100 year anniversaries of the First World War, curatorial sections at the Memorial have begun concentrated cataloguing projects for objects relating to the Great War. Having taken a particular interest in the Australian Flying Corps after working on the Memorial's First World War aircraft exhibition - Over the front: the Great War in the air I took great pleasure in researching the war time story of Captain T W …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Structural Reference

    Monday 18 October 2010 by Jamie Croker.

    The damaged rear fuselage section from Hudson A16-128, which crashed during training at Tocumwal, New South Wales,  was aquired by the AWM several years ago.  This fuselage section contains a large proportion of the structure missing from A16-105 to support the upper gun turret in the fuselage.  A16-128 Rear Fuselage Although badly damaged and corroded, the structure is a great reference and base for templates to reproduce…

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  • Seven years bad luck? Making periscopes on Gallipoli

    Friday 15 October 2010 by Dianne Rutherford.

    When the Gallipoli campaign quickly bogged down into trench warfare, there were not enough periscopes available to allow Australian and New Zealand soldiers to look over the parapets at ANZAC without being shot. Australian soldier using an improvised periscope at Gallipoli C01471 Luckily the soldiers do not appear to have been superstitious as to fill the gap improvised periscopes were made by breaking shaving mirrors or …

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  • Discovering tradition in post-war Japan

    Wednesday 6 October 2010 by Pen Roberts. 6 comments

    It all began with a small flower arrangement in a Tokyo shop window. Norman Sparnon was working for ATIS (Allied Translator and Interpreter Section), part of the US Department of the Army. This was post-war Japan, and Sparnon was witness to the extraordinary transformation of a traditional society being channelled swiftly into a modern democracy. It was 1949, and Sparnon and Mary, his American wife of one year, had just moved to the suburb of …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Where to Start

    Wednesday 6 October 2010 by Jamie Croker. 1 comments

    One of the first steps in the conversion of the Hudson from its post war airline and geo-survey role to its original military configuration, was the removal of all the post war modifications.  The first two photos below are taken inside the cabin of the Royal New Zealand Air Force's Hudson on Display in the RNZAF Museum in Christchurch, and they give an idea of what the inside of the cabin should look like . RNZAF Hudson cabin…

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  • The Dinkum Oil

    Thursday 30 September 2010 by . 1 comments

    This afternoon I will be talking about an interesting collection, held in the Memorial's Research Centre, on Canberra's 666 ABC Drive program. (Update: listen to it here) While serving overseas Australian servicemen and women have often produced publications for their own entertainment and the Memorial collects these in the Troopship and Unit Serials collection. The collection is diverse including publications from the Boer War up to the …

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  • Celebrating Spring and new life at the Memorial

    Wednesday 29 September 2010 by LEUT Debra Holland.

    Learning to swim Spring  and new life  came to the Memorial on Tuesday 21 September when our resident mother duck introduced her latest hatching of 11 ducklings to the world. Much to the delight of staff and visitors, the baby ducklings took to the Pool of Reflection in our Commemorative Area to learn to swim, under the close eye of  their mother of course.     By Thursday morning 23 September the ducklings had found …

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