• Anzac Christmas hampers

    Tuesday 23 December 2014 by Alison Wishart. 7 comments

    Women distribute Christmas billies to men in Cairo, Egypt, December 1915. Driver Jack (John) O. McKenzie, from the 20th Australian Army Service Corps (AASC), recalls: `Every one was delighted to get one. The one I received was from two Melbourne girls. They distributed over five thousand in our camp amp; as far as I know every soldier in Egypt got one.

    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. Women distribute Christmas billies to men in Cairo, Egypt, December 1915. Driver Jack (John) O. McKenzie, from the 20th Australian Army Service Corps (AASC), recalls: `Every one …

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  • How best to remember someone?

    Tuesday 23 December 2014 by Alison Wishart. 5 comments

    A collection compiled by Maude Edmondson and donated to the Australian War Memorial

    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. A collection compiled by Maude Edmondson after the death of her son, donated to the Australian War Memorial. How are loved ones who have…

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  • Christmas at Templeux-la-Fosse, France, 25 December 1917

    Thursday 18 December 2014 by Theresa Cronk.

    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. Captain Reginald Harriman Heywood, 4th Infantry Brigade Headquarters, 25 December 1917 25 December 1917 dawned at Templeux-la-Fosse, France as another wintry day. It was a day that was reportedly not so cold as …

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  • Two of Sydney’s sons identified

    Wednesday 17 December 2014 by David Gist. 5 comments

    The 5th Australian Light Trench Mortar Batterys football team

    The 5th Australian Light Trench Mortar Batterys football team P10550.151 For those of us at the Memorial who have been privileged enough to work with the Louis and Antoinette Thuillier collection, the level of public interest shown in the Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt exhibition each time it visits a new city has always excited us. But the Sydney leg of the exhibition…

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  • "With loving Christmas greetings"

    Tuesday 16 December 2014 by Stephanie Hume. 3 comments

    The sending of a traditional Christmas card has diminished in popularity with theadvent of mobile phones, email and social media. TheAustralian WarMemorial 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 …

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  • Collection Detection answer #15

    Thursday 11 December 2014 by John Holloway.

    Thank you to everyone who submitted their guess for last week's Collection Detection. As promised, here is the answer: It is a torpedo siren whistle. When blown, a pair of internal steel rotors spin to produce a low, rising siren sound, which would alert sailors to the imminent threat of any torpedo spotted approaching their ship. Torpedos—underwater missiles propelled by compressed air—were capable of crippling or sinking even the most …

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  • Copyright and Anzac Connections

    Tuesday 9 December 2014 by Daniel McGlinchey.

    After my blog “Copyright Hunter” I had several questions and comments regarding copyright and how it affects the Memorial. In this blog I will cover the basics of copyright in Australia. In Australia copyright law is governed by the Copyright Act 1968, court decisions and the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) of 1 January 2005. The AUSFTA effects Australian copyright by extending the copyright period of published “literary …

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  • Les Wasley: Capturing Vietnam

    Monday 8 December 2014 by Gabrielle Considine. 1 comments

    “You can’t convey, as I call it, the fear of the unknown”, Les Wasley 1928 - 2014 In this showreel Leslie Martin Wasley describes what it was like to be camera man in a war zone. Inducted into the Cinematographers Hall of Fame in 2013, he was renowned for his evacuation footage shot in war torn Vietnam in April 1975, at the fall of Saigon. Parts of oral interviews, held in the Memorials collection, with Les Wasley and Journalist Allan …

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  • Collection Detection #15

    Wednesday 3 December 2014 by John Holloway. 2 comments

    What is it? Examine this object and tell us what you think it is in the comments section below. We will post the answer and the full story next week! This is #15 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we look at an unusual collection item and the story behind it.

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  • When digitisation meets the galleries

    Monday 1 December 2014 by Theresa Cronk. 2 comments

    Unobtrusively and steadily for the last three months, from its corner of the office, a sole flatbed scanner has continually issued a high pitched whirring as page after page has been placed face down on a glass plate and the “Scan Now” button selected. Nearby computers have hummed whilst catalogue records have been diligently prepared for the purpose of releasing digitised pages online. The sharing of stories and quotes contained within the …

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