• Simpson Prize 2008

    Monday 31 March 2008 by Andrew Gray.

    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 …

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  • HMAS Sydney

    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. HMAS Sydney crew members look at photographs (July 1940) The sinking of the Sydney is the most terrible loss ever suffered by…

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  • The Signal of a Lifetime

    Wednesday 19 March 2008 by Alexandra Orr.

    Can you imagine receiving a message that signified a momentous event in living history? Teleprinter Signal RC06417 That is exactly what happened to a team of RAAF personnel at North-West Area Headquarters in Darwin, on August 14th, 1945. The Teleprinter Operator, Telegraphist and like personnel were on duty that fateful day when they received an emergency teleprinter signal issuing instructions to: "Cancel all operations against …

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  • Author Talk:

    Monday 17 March 2008 by Robyn Van-Dyk.

    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…

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  • Second Lieutenant F. T. D. Gulley, No. 6 (Training) Squadron, AFC

    Monday 17 March 2008 by Amanda Rebbeck. 3 comments

    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 …

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  • A story within an inscription

    Thursday 13 March 2008 by Pen Roberts.

    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. For museums …

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  • What do 70,000 images equal?

    Wednesday 12 March 2008 by Kathryn Hicks. 1 comments

    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 …

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  • Animals in war

    Wednesday 12 March 2008 by Andrew Gray. 10 comments

    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 …

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  • New publication on the Light Horse

    Friday 7 March 2008 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    A Thousand Miles of Battles, by Ian Jones Ian Jones' revised edition of "A Thousand Miles of Battles" is now available from our shop (here). It was first published in 1987, but last year a new revised edition was released by ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee (Queensland) Inc. Ian wrote and co-produced the film The Lighthorsemen and there is an excellent action shot included in the book (p.115) from the film's scene covering the …

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  • How an overnight storm threw up a relic of our first VC winner

    Wednesday 5 March 2008 by Craig Berelle.

    It was 10 March 1919, and readers of the London Daily Mail were asked to help solve a wartime puzzle. Appearing on page three, the appeal read "A newspaper correspondent, who has sent his address to the Editor of the Daily Mail, seeks a claimant for a Red Cross armlet, which he says he found in November 1915 on beach at ANZAC Bay, and which is marked: R. Howse, Col. : A.D.M.S., Australian Division." An officer’s …

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