Wednesday 12 March 2008 by Kathryn Hicks. 1 comments.
News, Collection Official records

The Official Records series AWM 95! A three year project consisting of 47 shelves, 234 boxes and 2575 files. AWM 95s are the Commanders' Diaries of the Australian Army ranging from 1948 to 1975, covering the Malayan Emergency, Malay Peninsula and the Vietnam War. Most diaries consist of a cover with an index, a daily narrative of events, and annexes. The AWM 95 series is the latest digitisation project to be completed by the Australian War Memorial.

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Wednesday 12 March 2008 by Andrew Gray. 10 comments.
News, Exhibitions Animals in war

An exhibition on animals in war will open at the Memorial in February 2009. A is for Animals will explore a range of themes relating to animals during times of war. The exhibition will explore stories of the Light Horse; the donkeys, camels, horses and other creatures used to transport soldiers and equipment; the pigeons used to carry messages; the dogs who have located injured soldiers and tracked the enemy, and the many and varied animals adopted as mascots and pets.

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Wednesday 5 March 2008 by Craig Berelle. No comments.
Personal Stories, Collection First World War

It was 10 March 1919, and readers of the London Daily Mail were asked to help solve a wartime puzzle.

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Thursday 28 February 2008 by Leigh Harris. 3 comments.
Aircraft 1914 - 1918, News Aircraft Conservation

First World War 'war birds' will have their covers restored ready for display at the Australian War Memorial tomorrow.

A special team of French vintage aircraft experts will tomorrow make the ‘last stitch’ of their conservation work on rare First World War aircraft, or ’war birds’ as the aircraft are affectionately known. The war birds are progressively being ‘clothed’ as part of the restoration process, in preparation for the upcoming exhibition, Over the Front.

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Monday 25 February 2008 by Leigh Harris. No comments.
News

As the Memorial's three summer vacation scholars for 2008, we have just completed our six week research program. We have been the 63rd, 64th and 65th scholars to participate in the scheme since its establishment in 1985. Our projects were quite diverse:

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Monday 25 February 2008 by Emma Jones. 2 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Family history Collection, Devanha, Australian War Memorial, Gallipoli

The three generations: Christine, Natasha and six month old Rose Devanha beside the nameplate on the now one hundred and three year old Devanha lifeboat.

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Friday 22 February 2008 by Emma Jones. 7 comments.
Personal Stories

As valentine's day was only last week, I thought some would like a glimpse at one of the love letters we hold in our Private Records collection. Lieutenant Colin Douglas Simper of the 2/48 Australian Infantry Battalion met Irene at a dance in South Australian and were married at short notice at her family home in Blackwood on 12 December 1941. Often posted away, Colin regularly wrote to his wife, pouring his emotions, feelings, hopes and fears into his letters.

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I received an email today from Charles Kenny of Essex in the UK. He has given me permission to post it here and I've put in some relevant links where I could.

Reading about your exhibition, I thought you might be interested in a little known connection.

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Wednesday 20 February 2008 by Bob Crawshaw. 22 comments.
News

On 27 February 2008, the Australian War Memorial’s new Conflicts 1945 to today galleries will open to the public. The galleries combine cutting-edge technology with large iconic objects to tell the stories of Australia’s involvement in conflicts over the past six decades.

As well as Australia’s involvement in peacekeeping operations since 1945, the new galleries cover conflicts in Korea, Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam, and, more recently, in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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