• Thursday 4th February 1915

    Thursday 4 February 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.   A general view of the 4th Australian Infantry Brigade tent and horse lines at Heliopolis, near Cairo. C02600 'We marched to the 4th Brigade camp at Heliopolis, and got our blankets from the 4th Field Ambulance during the afternoon. The buildings here are splendid structures, the …

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  • Recent acquisition: new Private Records relating to ‘G for George’

    Wednesday 3 February 2010 by Alessandro Antonello. 3 comments

    Detail of navigation map kept by William Gourlay, showing Nuremberg (PR04522) The Australian War Memorial has recently received important documents relating to the Nuremberg bombing raid of 30-31 March 1944 and the iconic Lancaster bomber ‘G for George’.  Through a generous donation, the navigation log and map made by William Albert Gourlay, navigator on board ‘G for George’ for the fateful raid, have been added to the …

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  • Wednesday 3rd February 1915

    Wednesday 3 February 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.   Courtyard, 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia By George Lambert ART02817 'The Field Ambulance reinforcements for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd disembarked at 9am and entrained for Cairo* at 9.30am. We arrived at Abbassia at 5pm and marched to the camp behind the barracks. We slept in a …

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  • Tuesday 2nd February 1915

    Tuesday 2 February 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. Herbert embarked on the HMAT A35 Berrima at 12pm on the 22nd of December 1914 'Arrived at Alexandria at 8am the harbour was full of wind jammers most of which are prizes. We pulled into the wharf at 2pm, the Light Horse Ambulance reinforcements went ashore and proceeded to the camp. No …

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  • Diary of an ANZAC: A Gallipoli Perspective

    Monday 1 February 2010 by Janice Farrer. 1 comments

    This is the story of Herbert Vincent Reynolds No. 622 First Field Ambulance, First AIF.   Herbert Vincent Reynolds enlisted in the 1st AIF at the age of 18 Born in Sebastopol Victoria on 16thSeptember 1896 Herbert attended Sebastopol State School until 1912 and obtained high marks for both the drawings and models he made. Since the age of 14 Herbert was an army cadet and in 1914 when the war broke out he was called up for …

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  • Radio propaganda and the kindness of strangers

    Friday 15 January 2010 by Alessandro Antonello. 1 comments

    In 1944, Yvonne Jobling was a schoolgirl studying shorthand.  Every evening at her home in Geelong, Victoria, she practiced her shorthand by listening to the radio.  On Friday, 17 March 1944, she happened to be listening to the short-wave broadcast of Radio Tokyo, and heard messages from Australian prisoners of war.  Collection of letters sent to Yvonne Jobling, March 1944 (PR04494). Jobling took the messages of five prisoners…

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  • Recent acquisitions: nominal roll of 2/8th Battalion

    Thursday 7 January 2010 by Craig Berelle. 2 comments

    Official Records is pleased to announce the acquisition of original nominal roll cards of the 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion into the National Collection. The nominal roll has been catalogued as AWM359 on the RecordSearch database. Card of Lt-Col John Mitchell DSO*, first CO of the 2/8th Battalion   Provenance Each card presents a record of service for an individual unit member. Their creation during the Second World War …

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  • First World War unit war diaries - digitising the final page

    Wednesday 6 January 2010 by Theresa Cronk. 20 comments

    There was movement in the Research Centre yesterday afternoon as news spread about a momentous event in the history of the AWM4 First World War unit war diaries digitisation project. For those who have been involved in this project, space was not an issue as we crammed into the digitisation room to witness the scanning of the final page at 2pm on 5 January 2010.   The final page to be scanned for the AWM4 digitisation project The…

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  • Christmas cards

    Wednesday 23 December 2009 by .

    At Christmas time most people take the opportunity to stop and think about family and friends and pass on their greetings and well wishes by means of the traditional Christmas card.  The Memorial holds an interesting collection of Christmas cards - different types, various shapes and sizes, and from all conflicts.  One of our earlier and more unusual Christmas cards can be seen below. Christmas card to Frederick Bottomley …

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  • Memorial's digitisation project shortlisted for cultural award

    Friday 18 December 2009 by Robyn van Dyk.

    The Australian War Memorial’s Bean diaries digitisation project was short listed for the Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards – 2009. The Award recognises outstanding contributions to the quality of Australian cultural life in 2009. The digitisation of these fragile bound diaries represented a significant achievement for the Memorial. Personal records are not always presented in a logical or chronological order. The challenge for the …

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