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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Monday 16 March 2009 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments
News

 

Cover of "Coronation Cruise of HMAS Sydney" (RC07761)Cover of "Coronation Cruise of HMAS Sydney" (RC07761)

 

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Thursday 5 March 2009 by Dianne Rutherford. 2 comments
Personal Stories Heraldry, Nurses

 

Florence MacDowell in 1912 (from Private Records collection 2DRL/1138)Florence MacDowell in 1912 (from Private Records collection 2DRL/1138)

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Friday 27 February 2009 by Tim Roberts. 6 comments
Personal Stories, Collection Second World War

Although outside main combat areas during the Second World War, India became an important region for the RAAF, and for many RAAF personnel attached to RAF units. In some RAF squadrons, ten percent of the crews were Australians, many of them transferred from training or bomber units based in England.

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Friday 13 February 2009 by Rebecca Britt.
Collection

Miniature pink underwear, artistic biscuits, autographed handkerchiefs – these may seem like odd Christmas gifts, yet these are just a few of the objects that Australian soldiers have sent home while serving overseas and which are now held in the Memorial’s collection. They include items from the South African War (1899–1902) and the two world wars, as well as from more recent operations, such as the Persian Gulf, and they range from the traditional to the humorous and sentimental.

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