Wednesday 28 October 2009 by Jennifer Selby. 6 comments

Yesterday, 27th October was UNESCO's World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

In 2005 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) indentified the archiving and preservation of audiovisual documents as an outstanding issue needing addressing, stating that:

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Wednesday 28 October 2009 by Pen Roberts.

Around Australia racing excitement is reaching fever pitch in anticipation of next week’s Melbourne Cup. That day full of champagne, sunlight glinting or raindrops sploshing on the jockeys’ colours, the smell of clods of turf being turned up as the horses pound along ...

Back in 1945 a “Pony Race Meeting” to be held on June 16 in Dutch New Guinea was similarly anticipated. It was scheduled to begin at 1330 hours, with eight races followed by a screening of “The Man Who Came To Dinner” starring Bette Davis and Monty Woolley.

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Thursday 22 October 2009 by Emma Jones.
Exhibitions Exhibition, Flickr

On December 3, 2009, the Australian War Memorial will be opening its exhibition “Of love and war”.  

The impact of war on romantic relationships and the ways in which Australians incorporated affairs of the heart into their wartime lives  is a powerful subject and we would like the public to contribute their stories via our Flickr group.

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Tuesday 20 October 2009 by Mel Hunt. 1 comments
Collection Highlights

The Memorial’s Research Centre holds over 900 First World War German Official and Regimental Histories in its Published Collection. These extensive holdings of rare German language histories are mainly due to the foresight and enthusiasm of Capt. J. J. Herbertson who was instrumental in the collection of these titles over the period 1922-1937.

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Thursday 15 October 2009 by Keiko Tamura.
News AJRP, Australian Japan Research Project

The Australia-Japan Research Project website has been updated with new contents. 

1. Japanese Midget Submarine attack on Sydney Harbour and its aftermath

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In January 1919 tattered pieces of uniform were found lying among the bones of the men of the 16th Battalion, who were killed trying to advance at the Bloody Angle on 2 May 1915. These items were recovered by Lieutenant William Hopkin James, who headed a small party to Gallipoli for the Australian War Records Section (the precursor to the Australian War Memorial).

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To celebrate the arrival of 'Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and beyond,' teachers passionate about art are being invited to participate in a special learning day in Canberra.

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Friday 2 October 2009 by Liz Holcombe. 2 comments
News, Collection flickr commons, common ground, photosgraphs

 Common Ground is a global meet up celebrating the Commons on Flickr.  Many of the organisations which have images in the Commons will be participating in the meet-up, which will take place on the weekend of 2 and 3 October.

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Tuesday 29 September 2009 by Pen Roberts.
News, New acquisitions, Collection Highlights

Published and Digitised Collections holds a significant and growing collection of printed and digital memorabilia from recent conflicts and peace keeping deployments.
Commander Greg Swinden (RAN) has donated a rich collection of artefacts from his deployment on Operations TANAGER (East Timor), TREK (Solomon Islands) and SLIPPER (Gulf 2). He has also generously written a narrative for a personal newspaper cuttings collection which covers these deployments (MSS1888). Here he is working on that narrative. 

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Thursday 10 September 2009 by Nicholas Schmidt. 3 comments
News, Collection, Exhibitions Of Love and War

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Those who regularly read the AWM blog might remember the Valentine’s Day blog post about a mysterious love letter from a young French woman to her soldier sweetheart.

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