These tours are advertised elsewhere on our website, but just in case you've not seen them, either Robyn or myself are running tours of the exhibition at 10.45 am on the following dates:

14, 21, 24 and 27 February

5, 10, 12, 19 and 26 March

2, 9, 16, 23, 24* and 30 April

7, 14, 21, and 24 May

They usually last around an hour, unless we get carried away. Of course you can always download the audio tour and bring it with you on an MP3 player.

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Thursday 3 April 2008 by Andrew Pearce. No comments.
Aircraft 1914 - 1918, Collection, Conservation Aircraft Conservation

Work is underway to clean and repair the fuselage of the Albatros.

During the course of the last nine decades, a significant amount of grease, dust and general grime has built up inside the fuselage of the Albatros, particularly in the engine bay.

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Thursday 3 April 2008 by Andrew Pearce. 2 comments.
Aircraft 1914 - 1918, Collection, Conservation Aircraft Conservation

The Large Technology Conservation Section are currently working on five aircraft for the upcoming First World War exhibition "Over The Front" due to open in November 2008.

The Albatros D.Va was last restored in the mid 1960s and there are a number of areas which need attention.

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Tuesday 1 April 2008 by Dianne Rutherford. No comments.
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology First World War, Technology

On display in the Memorial's First World War Gallery is this damaged trench mortar barrel. The explosion that damaged this Stokes 3" trench mortar barrel in 1918 also sadly killed two young men from the 6th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery.

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Monday 31 March 2008 by Andrew Gray. No comments.
News, Battlefield Tours Simpson Prize Winners

On Tuesday 18 March, the Minister for Veterans' Affairs announced the winners of the Simpson Prize for 2008.  The Simpson Prize is a national competition for year 9 and 10 students which sees eight students, one from each State and Territory, accompanied by two teachers, flown to Gallipoli to attend the Dawn Service and other ANZAC Day ceremonies. The students travelling to Turkey will be contributing to the Memorial blog to share the experiences of their trip. 

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Wednesday 19 March 2008 by Mal Booth. 64 comments.

The discovery of HMAS Sydney

The recent reported discoveries of the wrecks of HMAS Sydney and the German raider Kormoran off the coast of Western Australia have fulfilled the hopes of many people who for years have grieved, waited and wondered about exactly what happened to these two ill-fated naval ships.

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Wednesday 19 March 2008 by Alexandra Orr. No comments.
Personal Stories, New acquisitions, Collection Ephemera

Can you imagine receiving a message that signified a momentous event in living history?

Teleprinter Signal RC06417

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Monday 17 March 2008 by Robyn Van-Dyk. No comments.
Exhibitions, Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse

Local historian and biographer Jennifer Horsfield will talk about Rania MacPhillamy, who served as a member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) in Egypt and Palestine during the First World War. MacPhillamy helped Alice Chisholm to set up canteens in Port Said, Kantara, Jerusalem, and Rafa, and was awarded an OBE for her work. She was remembered with great affection and admiration by the men of the Australian Light Horse.

Sunday, March 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm
For information and bookings, phone (02) 6243 4473
Location: Research Centre

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Monday 17 March 2008 by Amanda Rebbeck. 3 comments.
Aircraft 1914 - 1918, Personal Stories, Collection First World War, Training, Heraldry, Private Records

Crashes and fires were everyday hazards for the First World War flier. Second Lieutenant Frederick Gulley suffered both when trying to land his aircraft in England on 17 October 1918. Gulley was on a cross country flight and struck a post whilst attempting to land in a field close to Tidworth Barracks, Wiltshire. In the resulting fire Gulley’s clothes, harness, face and hands were burnt. He was taken to Tidworth Hospital with superficial burns to his face, neck and both hands, including all fingers. 

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Thursday 13 March 2008 by Pen Roberts. No comments.
Collection Books

Found at a Canberra book fair, was a beautiful yet worn, leather bound, gold-embossed volume. The inside inscription reads, ‘From Civilian Library Changi Camp 1942-1945.'

While the words "Changi Camp" are familiar to many Australians, "Civilian Library" might bring some surprise. Further inscriptions, two date stamps and pencilled date ranges, confirm the book's use as a library book. "P188" is probably a collection number.

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