Thursday 16 October 2008 by Pen Roberts. 2 comments
Personal Stories, New acquisitions, Collection

Almost a century ago this Saturday, a Welcome Home function was held at the Sydney Town Hall for members of the NSW Cadets Coronation Contingent. The cadets, part of the Australian Coronation Contingent, had just returned from attending the London coronation of King George V, held on 22 June 1911.

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Wednesday 8 October 2008 by Alexandra Orr.
News, Personal Stories, New acquisitions, Collection

Pressed flowers from the autograph book of Sgt George Cadd, 2134, RC06416.

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Friday 19 September 2008 by Ann Penhallow. 2 comments
Collection

The Research Centre receives regular telephone calls and emails from military vehicle enthusiasts – restorers and collectors - from all over Australia.  Occasionally they make it into the Research Centre at the Memorial, like the proud Jeep owner I met this week. 

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Thursday 18 September 2008 by Dianne Rutherford. 8 comments
Military Heraldry and Technology, Exhibitions, News Technology

An example of an observation post disguised as a tree. This one was used by Australian troops during the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917 at Hill 63.
 

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Wednesday 3 September 2008 by Annette Gaykema. 5 comments
Collection First World War, Ephemera, How To...

Embroidered silk postcards were first made in 1900 with popularity peaking during the First World War. Cards were generally embroidered on strips of silk mesh by French women. They were then cut and mounted on postcards.

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Monday 1 September 2008 by Theresa Cronk.
Collection Ephemera

awm.gov.au/collection/RC06035Embroidered silk postcard from the First World War. RC06035

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Thursday 21 August 2008 by Ann Penhallow.
Personal Stories, Family history First World War, Official records

What does a twenty-three year old wag of a soldier say in his defence, when facing yet another court martial for going AWOL during the First World War? 

If you're Private Albert Stipek, the words come easily: "I met some friends and went away with them. I had no idea the Battalion was going to the Line. I thought it was going out for a spell".  Nevertheless, he had absented himself from the 51st Battalion for nearly two months.

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Wednesday 20 August 2008 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology Heraldry

Most people like to bring home a souvenir from their travels and soldiers in the First World War were no exceptions. The First World War led to great movements of people across the world, but especially through Europe. Many of these people ended up in Great Britain at one time or another. Despite difficulties in wartime, British companies still managed to produce a myriad of souvenirs for the visitors as reminders of their time in Britain, or as a gift for a loved one.

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Tuesday 19 August 2008 by Amanda Rebbeck. 23 comments
Aircraft 1914 - 1918, News, Exhibitions

A new permanent exhibition, Over the Front: the Great War in the air, will open on 28 November 2008 at the eastern end of ANZAC Hall. The story of military flight and aerial combat during the First World War will be brought to life through the Memorial’s collection of five original and extraordinary aircraft and an exciting sound-and-light show.

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