• Memorial Film screening at Dendy Cinemas, Canberra

    Friday 6 November 2009 by Stephanie Boyle.

        War films show soldiers constantly locked in battle and participating in non-stop action - but the reality of war is actually much different. "No Dramas", a film by Robert Nugent commissioned by the Australian War Memorial, shows what life is really like for our troops deployed to combat zones. Shot in Iraq in April 2006, the film explores the isolation and routines of Australian soliders, and the long periods of waiting …

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  • Proactive Collecting with HMAS Parramatta

    Wednesday 4 November 2009 by Alexandra Orr. 2 comments

      HMAS Parramatta (author's collection) The Australian War Memorial faces unique challenges presented by the modern age to its collection development for recent conflicts, including Iraq and Afghanistan. With email, phones and internet communicative tools largely replacing traditional keepsakes such as diaries and letters, this has made identifying and retaining objects of the ADF experience in modern conflict rather difficult. …

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  • Lone Pine notches up 75 years

    Thursday 29 October 2009 by Emma Campbell.

    Mr Ray Hasler accepts a Lone Pine tree seedling from senior historian Peter Burness on the 75th anniversary of the tree planting   It has been 75 years since the Duke of Gloucester planted a tree in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial , in memory of all those who fought and died at the Battle of Lone Pine on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 6 August, 1915. Men dressed in top hats and Boy Scouts from Braidwood, NSW, were among …

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  • Wedding dresses

    Thursday 29 October 2009 by Emma Jones. 2 comments

    Here is the first of several blog posts about the wedding dreses being considered and conserved for our upcoming Of love and war exhibition. Recently the Textile Conservation Laboratory retrieved from storage four wedding dresses that are proposed for the up and coming exhibition Of love and war.  Three of the dresses - originally owned Mrs Isabel Bell, Mrs Audrey Norton  and Mrs Norma. Bissaker - are relatively new to the Memorial’s …

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  • UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

    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: Much of the world's audiovisual heritage has already been irrevocably lost through neglect, destruction, decay and the lack of resources, skills, and structures, …

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  • Scarlet and the Village Maiden Handicap

    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…

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  • Love and War Flickr group

    Thursday 22 October 2009 by Emma Jones.

    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. This group is running in conjunction with the exhibition and we are excited to have this opportunity to…

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  • German Official and Regimental Histories

    Tuesday 20 October 2009 by Mel Hunt. 1 comments

    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. A view of some of the 900 plus German histories held in the stacks. A …

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  • AJRP website update

    Thursday 15 October 2009 by Keiko Tamura.

    The Australia-Japan Research Project website has been updated with new contents.  1. Japanese Midget Submarine attack on Sydney Harbour and its aftermath The AJRP has conducted a study on the aftermath of the Japanese midget submarine attack in Sydney Harbour in 1942 and the research outcome has been added to our website. Dr Tamura, the AJRP project manager, carried out archival and field research in Australia and Japan to collect material and …

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  • Relics of the 16th Battalion at the Bloody Angle, Gallipoli, 1919

    Wednesday 14 October 2009 by Dianne Rutherford. 7 comments

    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). They arrived at Gallipoli in mid December 1918, and remained there until late …

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