• Xena: an EDD in Afghanistan

    Wednesday 26 November 2014 by Lenore Heath. 8 comments

    Xena and Sapper T wait in the shade of a wall prior to a route search.

    This year an excellent set of 12 photographs of Xena, an Explosive Detection Dog (EDD), was donated to the Memorial. Following an inauspicious start to life in the military, Xena proved her true worth serving in Afghanistan. A Malinois (Belgian Shepherd), Xena was the runt of the litter in an RAAF breeding program. Deemed too timid to have a future as an attack dog, her future was uncertain. She was allocated to a trainer, however her high energy…

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  • ANZAC voices : The Pflaum brothers

    Friday 21 November 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments

    ANZAC voices : The Pozieres and Fromelles display case, featuring the Pflaum story The temporary exhibition, ANZAC voices is only open for one more week. It contains a number of interesting stories, including that of Ray and Theo Pflaum who served on the Western Front. Theo Pflaum P09521.001 Ray Pflaum P09291.453 One …

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  • Brothers: the story of Alec and Goldy Raws

    Thursday 20 November 2014 by David Heness. 4 comments

    How does a son tell a father whom they love that they’re about to leave them, possibly forever? How does a father persuade a son not to leave, a son they have watched grow into a fine young man, a son they have nurtured and loved from the moment their boy opened his eyes, a son who they watched as he learnt to walk and now watched again as those same legs prepared to march him to war? The Raws family. As John Alexander ‘Alec’ Raws …

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  • Collection Detection answer #14

    Wednesday 19 November 2014 by John Holloway. 1 comments

    Thank you to everyone who submitted their guess for last week's Collection Detection. As promised, here is the answer: The first of Chudleigh's two wartime concertinas: a Lachenal 20-key Anglo. It is a concertina, which belonged to Australian soldier Herbert Chudleigh during the First World War. He enlisted in August 1914, at 22 years of age. Two months later the accountant from Liverpool Road in Ashfield, Sydney, left Australia, and his …

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  • Vietnam Battle Intelligence Computer data tapes Part 2 of 3

    Wednesday 19 November 2014 by Stuart Bennington. 5 comments

    In part 1 of this Blog I talked about the Vietnam Battle Intelligence Computer which was used by 1 Australian Task Force at Nui Dat in 1971. This had resulted in a set of tapes called DECtapes being used for data storage. In 1987 these tapes were backed up onto a 9 Track tape in Canberra. In this part of the Blog I will be talking about the process of retrieving data from these tapes. A single 9 Track backup tape had ended up with the Memorial as…

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  • Collection Detection #14

    Friday 14 November 2014 by John Holloway. 3 comments

    What is it? Examine this object and tell us what you think it is in the comments section below. We will post the answer and the full story next week! This is #14 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we look at an unusual collection item and the story behind it.

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  • White’s Turkish Odyssey

    Thursday 13 November 2014 by Daniel McGlinchey.

    “One Arab, whom I mistaken at a distance for a soldier in blue uniform, proved to be a naked fanatical savage…” Captain Thomas Walter White, sitting second from the left, July 1915, Basra. Captain Thomas Walter White, Australian Flying Corps, had just landed, damaging his aircraft in the desert close to the ancient city of Baghdad. His observer, Captain Francis Yeats-Brown, Royal Flying Corps, jumped out to blow the telegraph lines, while …

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  • A Last Letter from Gallipoli

    Wednesday 12 November 2014 by Melissa Cadden.

    “I build castles in the air every day about our reunion.” Private Thomas Anderson Whyte, letter to Eileen Wallace Champion, AWM Private Records collection (PR04722). Circular silver frame with velvet backing, the front face of the frame has a decorative pattern running the entire circumference of frame. Displayed inside the frame is a black and white photo of Thomas Anderson Whyte smoking a pipe, dressed in blazer. A blue velvet bow, …

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  • The Suvla Derby

    Friday 7 November 2014 by Edwin Ride.

    The Melbourne Cup - the race that stops a nation - has run once more, for the hundred and fifty-fourth time, and most of the punters have probably collected their winnings. In 1915 the Cup was already more than 50 years old: a well-entrenched institution on the Australian social calendar. At Gallipoli that year, the officers of the 1st Light Horse Brigade (no doubt among many others) had organised a sweepstake for the Cup, and naturally enough, …

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  • A sombre duty.

    Wednesday 5 November 2014 by Daniel McGlinchey. 1 comments

    Graves Registration Detachment, Australian section, of the Imperial War Graves Unit

    “We will be a hard headed crowd when we get back, after the sights we see…” This is a line from a letter written by Henry George Whiting, who volunteered for the grisly but vitally important task of exhuming dead allied soldiers, identifying them and reburying them into organised cemeteries. Whiting was born on 27 March 1889 at Adelong, New South Wales, one of eighteen children born to James and Annie Elizabeth Whiting (née Schafer). He…

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