• 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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  • Teacher Professional Learning Day - December 2009

    Tuesday 13 October 2009 by Dennis Stockman.

    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. This one day program also includes an opportunity to explore collections in two of the National Capital's premier institutions - The Australian War Memorial and the National Portrait Gallery.

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  • Common Ground celebrates the Commons on Flickr

    Friday 2 October 2009 by Liz Holcombe. 2 comments

     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. The meet-up will be in the form of a projection onto - or within - the participating institution's building at night (or suitable day-time location) using a slideshow of content from the Commons on …

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  • The Swinden collection

    Tuesday 29 September 2009 by Pen Roberts.

    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 …

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  • Love Letter Update

    Thursday 10 September 2009 by Nicholas Schmidt. 3 comments

    PR03970 PR03970 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. This letter, and the mystery that surrounds it, created lots of interest. With the help of an enthusiastic member of the public, and her wonderfully helpful relative in France, we have since found a few more details about Marthe and her letter. …

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  • Last Chance to Curate Worldwide Exhibition

    Wednesday 9 September 2009 by Shayne Cummin.

    The Australian War Memorial will join other institutions, including the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Museum, for the worldwide exhibition Common Ground.  Voting for Common Ground closes on 16 September, so now is the last chance to vote for photographs, including those shared on Flickr by the Australian War Memorial.  Voting is open to everyone with a Flickr account, for all images from Commons on Flickr. The most ‘favourited’ …

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  • Big Things In Store

    Friday 4 September 2009 by Leigh Harris.

    Today I was out at our Conservation and Storage Annex showing journalists through Big Things In Store to get the word out about the event this Sunday. WIN Television filming the artillery collection The team has done a great job moving objects and creating walkways ready for Sunday so visitors can get a closer look at our Big Things. This year, will be a special chance to see the Dingo Scout Car's components, because the …

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  • The butcher and the grocer: A Western Front story.

    Friday 28 August 2009 by Craig Blanch. 12 comments

    The Western Front was epitomised by the brute force of men against machine and each other. Tens of thousands were lost in the maelstrom of war. In the horror, friendships were forged that endured even through death. This is the story of one such friendship... Wally Brown was a grocer. He did not necessarily want to be a grocer but neither did he want to follow in the footsteps of his father as a miller. The small Tasmanian community of New …

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  • The Not So Great Escape

    Wednesday 12 August 2009 by Alexandra Orr. 9 comments

    On the 19th November 1941, Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney II was lost, with all hands, off the coast of Western Australia after engaging with the German raider HSK Kormoran. The discovery in March 2008 of the final resting place of the Sydney and the Kormoran attracted much attention. Understandably, there has been much discussion over the circumstances surrounding the loss of the Sydney; however the story of the Kormoran’s Commander, Theodor …

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  • The Cessation of Operation CATALYST

    Tuesday 28 July 2009 by Alexandra Orr. 4 comments

    The 31st of July 2009 will mark the end of Operation CATALYST. CATALYST began on the 20th of March 2003 and defined the role of the Australian Defence Force in assisting multinational forces in the stabilization and security of Iraq. It also involved ADF support in the implementation of the country’s recovery programs. Boatswains Mates, HMAS Parramatta, 2009 During the course of this operation, the Australian War Memorial’s …

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