• The Old City

    Saturday 19 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk. 1 comments

    The tour has been visiting some of the famous sites of the old city including the Hippodrome, Haghia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. These grand and glorious monuments tell us much of Istanbul's long history. This city is the former capital of three successive empires Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. Egyptian obelisk at the Hippodrome(photograph by Rob Hegarty); Museum of Haghia Sophia (photograph by Rod Stewart) The Blue Mosque …

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  • Simpson Prize has arrived

    Saturday 19 April 2008 by Andrew Gray.

    Merhaba - after a marathon plane flight we made it. Istanbul is awesome – huge, fast- paced, chaotic and full of people. A cruise on the Bosphorus was a great way to experience the city from the relative calm of our boat. We saw many palaces and mosques, and noted that nearly everything has a Turkish flag. Amazing houses right on the water, just like the OC but older and more expensive. We also cruised Istiklal St, just down from the …

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  • Images of the Light Horse (1)

    Friday 18 April 2008 by Mal Booth. 7 comments

    My colleague Robyn Van Dyk and I have probably taken well over 1,200 people on guided tours of the Memorial's current special exhibition Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse. As ANZAC Day 2008 approaches it is interesting to reflect on which Light Horse images have  resonated most profoundly with our visitors. This week, I also took some veterans from the Vietnam War through the exhibition. They had served in the battle for Fire Support Patrol…

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  • Albatros Upper Mainplane Repairs

    Thursday 17 April 2008 by Andrew Pearce. 2 comments

    Upon removal of the fabric from the upper mainplane it was discovered that an extensive number of the ribs were damaged. Shattered ribs in upper mainplane. Note timber reinforcing panels nailed to rib faces. Work has been underway to repair this damage and give the wing much of its original strength. The presence of pre existing repairs indicate that this damage took place prior to the last restoration. Although some damage …

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  • Dispatch from a Grandson

    Thursday 17 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk.

    It turns out that Rod Stewart, one of our fellow travellers on the tour, is also a fellow blogger. Rod's grandfather Edward John Howells served at Gallipoli where he was evacuated injured. He later re-entered the war and served in the Palestine Campaign where he was awarded the Military Cross for "great determination, skill and coolness under fire." Rod will be blogging about his experiences on the tour. A view of the pontoon …

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  • Istanbul was Constantinople

    Wednesday 16 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk.

    Reaching Constantinople (present day Istanbul) was the objective of the Dardanelles campaign in 1915. An objective that failed. The battlefield tour, however, managed to arrive safely at Istanbul airport in high spirits and only slightly crumpled from the long flight. We checked into the Marmara hotel to ‘freshen up' and in the afternoon we set off to cruise on the Bosphorus followed by a visit to the Egyptian Spice Market. …

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  • The journey

    Tuesday 15 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk.

    Those of us travelling with the Memorial on the Gallipoli battlefield tour arrived in Istanbul today following a long journey from our various home ports. On a flight of over 22 hours it is inevitable that conversations would be struck and I met several Australians also travelling to Gallipoli. For the first leg of the trip I sat next to an Australian Vietnam war veteran. He was planning on touring the battlefields and to attend the Dawn Service …

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  • Roll of Honour Photographs

    Monday 14 April 2008 by Joanne Smedley. 16 comments

    The Australian War Memorial is encouraging Australians to look through their family wartime photographs to find images of the more than 102,000 men and women who died while on active service, and whose names are on bronze panels of the Roll of Honour. The photographs will allow all Australians to remember these individuals as their families did. An online version of the Roll of Honour is available on the Memorial's website. Photographs are linked…

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  • Albatros Fabric Research

    Friday 11 April 2008 by Andrew Pearce. 6 comments

    The Memorial has been able to gain access to substantial amounts of the original fabric, which was removed from the Albatros during the 1960's restoration with the exception of the rudder and the ailerons. Significant analysis of this material has been carried out in order to determine the correct details for fabric colours, panel widths and orientations, seam widths, rib stitching and the dimensions of rib tapes.Photographic evidence shows the …

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  • Battlefield Tour 2008: The First Post

    Friday 11 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk. 1 comments

    The Memorial's annual battlefield tour commences this Sunday with several members of the Memorial preparing to set off for the trip. Ashley Ekins, Head of the Military History Section will lead our Gallipoli tour and Nick Fletcher, Senior Curator in Heraldry and Technology will lead the Western Front tour. We will be walking many of the historic battle sites and commemorating Anzac Day with the Dawn Service at Gallipoli and the Australian …

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