• Tuesday 2nd February 1915

    Tuesday 2 February 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. Herbert embarked on the HMAT A35 Berrima at 12pm on the 22nd of December 1914 'Arrived at Alexandria at 8am the harbour was full of wind jammers most of which are prizes. We pulled into the wharf at 2pm, the Light Horse Ambulance reinforcements went ashore and proceeded to the camp. No …

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  • Diary of an ANZAC: A Gallipoli Perspective

    Monday 1 February 2010 by Janice Farrer. 1 comments

    This is the story of Herbert Vincent Reynolds No. 622 First Field Ambulance, First AIF.   Herbert Vincent Reynolds enlisted in the 1st AIF at the age of 18 Born in Sebastopol Victoria on 16thSeptember 1896 Herbert attended Sebastopol State School until 1912 and obtained high marks for both the drawings and models he made. Since the age of 14 Herbert was an army cadet and in 1914 when the war broke out he was called up for …

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  • Radio propaganda and the kindness of strangers

    Friday 15 January 2010 by Alessandro Antonello. 1 comments

    In 1944, Yvonne Jobling was a schoolgirl studying shorthand.  Every evening at her home in Geelong, Victoria, she practiced her shorthand by listening to the radio.  On Friday, 17 March 1944, she happened to be listening to the short-wave broadcast of Radio Tokyo, and heard messages from Australian prisoners of war.  Collection of letters sent to Yvonne Jobling, March 1944 (PR04494). Jobling took the messages of five prisoners…

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  • Recent acquisitions: nominal roll of 2/8th Battalion

    Thursday 7 January 2010 by Craig Berelle. 2 comments

    Official Records is pleased to announce the acquisition of original nominal roll cards of the 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion into the National Collection. The nominal roll has been catalogued as AWM359 on the RecordSearch database. Card of Lt-Col John Mitchell DSO*, first CO of the 2/8th Battalion   Provenance Each card presents a record of service for an individual unit member. Their creation during the Second World War …

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  • First World War unit war diaries - digitising the final page

    Wednesday 6 January 2010 by Theresa Cronk. 20 comments

    There was movement in the Research Centre yesterday afternoon as news spread about a momentous event in the history of the AWM4 First World War unit war diaries digitisation project. For those who have been involved in this project, space was not an issue as we crammed into the digitisation room to witness the scanning of the final page at 2pm on 5 January 2010.   The final page to be scanned for the AWM4 digitisation project The…

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  • Christmas cards

    Wednesday 23 December 2009 by Kerrie Leech.

    At Christmas time most people take the opportunity to stop and think about family and friends and pass on their greetings and well wishes by means of the traditional Christmas card.  The Memorial holds an interesting collection of Christmas cards - different types, various shapes and sizes, and from all conflicts.  One of our earlier and more unusual Christmas cards can be seen below. Christmas card to Frederick Bottomley …

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  • Memorial's digitisation project shortlisted for cultural award

    Friday 18 December 2009 by Robyn van Dyk.

    The Australian War Memorial’s Bean diaries digitisation project was short listed for the Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards – 2009. The Award recognises outstanding contributions to the quality of Australian cultural life in 2009. The digitisation of these fragile bound diaries represented a significant achievement for the Memorial. Personal records are not always presented in a logical or chronological order. The challenge for the …

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  • Conservation Cleaning of a Wedding Dress

    Monday 14 December 2009 by Jessie Firth. 5 comments

    Emma Jones previously mentioned in 60 year old sweat on a wedding dress – a conservation challenge the preparation of Miss Platt-Hepworth’s wedding dress for the exhibition Of Love and War. The decision was made by the curator Rebecca Britt to keep the staining as evidence of use. While the staining is important to keep, the fabric was not as lustrous as it once was. The dress has a pattern of pretty daises made from cream silk woven with …

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  • "Dorothy" the Kitbag

    Friday 11 December 2009 by Bridie Kirkpatrick. 3 comments

    Isn’t it funny how things come about? While working on the textiles component for the exhibition Of Love and War a painted kitbag came to me for treatment. The lovely pin-up painted on the bag looked an awful lot like Dorothy Lamour, a beautiful actress known as the “Sarong Girl” in the 1940’s.  As the exhibition will be travelling I had to chuckle that Dorothy Lamour made a string of Bing Crosby/ Bob Hope “On the Road” films. The …

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  • Evacuation of Gallipoli

    Wednesday 9 December 2009 by Kerrie Leech.

    Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. 17 December 1915. A view of Watson's Pier. During the last days of the evacuation, Anzac Beach, was utterly deserted, but fortunately Turkish airmen, flew too high to notice this.

    In mid December, 94 years ago, thepreparations to evacuate Gallipoli were well underway.Much has been written about the stealth with whichtheoperationwas undertaken. The Private Record collection at the Memorial has a number ofaccounts of the evacuation writtenby those who participated in it. The account below is from Sergeant Robert Clive Hunterwho was serving with 6th Light Horse Regiment at the time. He recounts his experience in a…

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