• Celebrating a year on the Commons on Flickr

    Wednesday 11 November 2009 by Liz Holcombe. 3 comments

    Officers of the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade.

    One year ago today, the Australian War Memorial joined the Commons on Flickr. We put up a set of 30 photos of soldiers, sailors, nurses, airmen, wives, mothers, sisters, sweethearts, a prime minister, and a koala. The photos are part of our photo collection of well over a million images which covers the experience of Australians at war and Australian military history from the 1860s to the present. We have uploaded other sets on the Commonssince …

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  • Wedding Dresses, part 2

    Wednesday 11 November 2009 by Sarah Clayton. 5 comments

     As previously explained four wedding dresses were initially selected for "Of Love and War". One of the wedding dresses, originally owned by Mrs N S Bissaker, required hundreds of hours of painstaking work before it would be strong enough for display, so unfortunately it will not be ready for display in “Of Love and War”.  Instead this dress with go on our Vulnerable Textiles conservation list and be conserved with all the care it deserves …

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  • Historically significant diaries of C.E.W. Bean are now online

    Monday 9 November 2009 by Robyn van Dyk. 1 comments

    The notebooks, diaries and folders created by Charles Bean during and after the First World War have immense historic value and are considered to be one of the most significant records created by a single Australian. The collection includes 286 volumes of diaries and historical notebooks recorded by Bean at the time and often at the front line. The diaries are firsthand accounts of the war and offer a unique perspective due to Bean’s status as …

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  • The diaries of C.E.W. Bean: 11 November 1918

    Monday 9 November 2009 by Robyn van Dyk. 4 comments

    The notebooks and diaries of C.E.W. Bean provide valuable insight into the last days of the First World War. Bean was Australia’s sole official correspondent and he worked assiduously throughout the four years of the war recording events, often from the front line. Charles Bean was staying in Lille, France during November, 1918. He was an experienced investigator and interviewer and his diaries of the weeks before Armistice detail the emotions…

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  • 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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