• 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

    Walter 'Wally' Brown

    This blog post has been revised and updated – please seewww.awm.gov.au/blog/2015/11/04/butcher-and-merchant-western-front-story 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. Inthe 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 …

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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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  • The Kokoda “Track” or “Trail”?

    Monday 27 July 2009 by Karl James. 15 comments

    That terrible track which is now known as the Kokoda Trail. George Johnston, New Guinea diary, 1943 In recent years, many hours have been wasted and much ink has been spilt debating whether the foot route across the Owen Stanley Range, in Papua New Guinea, should be called the “Kokoda Trail” or the “Kokoda Track”. Both terms were used interchangeably during the war, and at the time they were not considered to be mutually …

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  • Preserving Gallipoli aerial photographs

    Monday 20 July 2009 by Mel Hunt. 4 comments

    The Research Centre holds a fascinating and unusual collection of aerial photographs of Gallipoli in 1915. The majority of the collection consists of 48 numbered aerial photographs taken over Anzac and South Suvla by the British Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) in October and November 1915 at a time when aerial photography was very much in its infancy and highly experimental. Much of the early aerial photography at Gallipoli was conducted by …

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  • The Liberation of Colditz Castle

    Friday 17 July 2009 by Dianne Rutherford. 2 comments

    Shrapnel from an American ranging shell, Colditz Castle 1945. REL38251 This 8 cm piece of shrapnel is a souvenir from the liberation of the infamous prisoner of war camp, Oflag IVC - Colditz Castle. It was collected by an Australian soldier, Lieutenant Jack Millett. Millett was an 'incorrigible', one of the prisoners held by the Germans at Colditz for making repeated escape attempts from other camps. In 1942, Millett was caught …

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