Friday 24 April 2009 by Andrew Gray. 12 comments.
Battlefield Tours Gallipoli, Simpson Prize

Simpson Prize students on the Cannakale FerrySimpson Prize students on the Cannakale Ferry

By Eleanor Lourey (Simpson Prize winner):

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Thursday 23 April 2009 by Annette Gaykema. 5 comments.
News, Personal Stories Gallipoli, Commemoration, Anzac Day, Anzac Cove

As we ready ourselves to commemorate Anzac Day at the Australian War Memorial, we can gain a small insight what it was like at the Gallipoli landing. Personal diaries held by the Memorial describe what it was like landing at Gallipoli on Sunday, 25 April 1915 under the heavy fire of Turkish machine guns. Although the photos accompanying this blog post do not relate directly to the diary entries, they are able to illustrate the stories in a different way.

Read on, the landing 1915 by George Lambert ART02873

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Thursday 23 April 2009 by Andrew Gray. 1 comments.
Battlefield Tours Gallipoli, Simpson Prize

Grave of Major EC OldhamGrave of Major EC Oldham

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Thursday 23 April 2009 by Andrew Gray. No comments.
Battlefield Tours Simpson Prize

Simpson students and teachers in front of the Blue MosqueSimpson students and teachers in front of the Blue Mosque

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Tuesday 21 April 2009 by Andrew Gray. 7 comments.
Battlefield Tours Gallipoli, Simpson Prize

The Simpson Prize is a competition for high school students from around Australia, with a winner from every state and territory getting the opportunity to travel to Turkey and attend the services on ANZAC Day at Gallipoli.

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Tuesday 14 April 2009 by Dianne Rutherford. 9 comments.
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology Heraldry

Among the items held at the Memorial that were issued to air crew serving in Europe, are two pairs of very interesting 1943 Pattern escape boots. The boots were designed so that an airman downed in Europe could remove a small concealed knife and cut off the top section of the boot to reveal a civilian looking shoe.

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Wednesday 1 April 2009 by Laura Kennedy. 3 comments.
Collection, Conservation

The sponson on the left hand side of the Mark IV tank was removed last year for inclusion in the Memorial’s exhibition, “1918, Advancing to Victory”.

The tank was relocated to the Memorial’s Large Technology Workshop in order to safely remove the sponson.  This provided an excellent opportunity for Conservation to undertake a preservation treatment of the tank which would include a full repaint, back to it’s original colour scheme.

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Thursday 19 March 2009 by Theresa Cronk. 7 comments.
Personal Stories First World War, sheet music, bands, Battalion marches

What do a concert pianist, an Indian bandmaster and an Australian militia bandmaster have in common? Each of these individuals composed a march that would eventually be adopted as the regimental march of an Australian Imperial Force infantry battalion during the First World War. Many were popular songs of the period.

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Wednesday 18 March 2009 by Sue Jamesion. 23 comments.
First World War, Private Records, People

When Leonard Walter Jackson of Neutral Bay joined the AIF on the 6th of August 1915, he must have been one of the youngest Australians ever to enlist in our military services. Using the assumed name Richard Walter Mayhew, and claiming to be an 18 year old orphan, young Leonard, who was born on 27th August 1901, was actually 13 years 11 months and 10 days old on the day he "signed up".

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