• 'Naked Birds' Land at Memorial

    Thursday 28 February 2008 by Leigh Harris. 3 comments

    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 …

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  • Summer scholars

    Monday 25 February 2008 by Leigh Harris.

    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: Rachel's researched the response to Cyclone Tracy by the military and the Natural Disasters Organisation, as part of the Official History of Australian Peacekeeping and Post-Cold War …

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  • More than just a lifeboat

    Monday 25 February 2008 by Emma Jones. 2 comments

    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. Recent visitors to the AWM Treloar Conservation Annex at Mitchell, ACT, introduced through Richard Cruise, Acting Visitor Services Manager, reinforced the sometimes incredible connections that descendants of service personnel have with the relics in the collection. Arthur Cecil …

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  • Love letters

    Friday 22 February 2008 by Emma Jones. 7 comments

    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 …

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  • The Bartlett brothers from the 10th Light Horse

    Friday 22 February 2008 by Mal Booth. 2 comments

    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. The Bartlett brothers, Stephen and Alfred S., both pearlers of Broome (W.A.), enlisted together in the 10th Light Horse Regiment in May 1915, and embarked from Freemantle on HMAT Anchises in …

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  • New galleries opening at the Australian War Memorial

    Wednesday 20 February 2008 by Bob Crawshaw. 22 comments

    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 …

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  • No wedding glamour for Clarice

    Tuesday 19 February 2008 by Test User 31.

    Mention is sometimes made of personal events in the war diaries of the first Australian Imperial Force (AIF), currently being digitised by the Research Centre. Of all the activities of members of the First Light Horse Brigade at Gallipoli, one of the more unusual was the wedding of Sergeant Ernest Alfred Lawrence to his bride Clarice Jessie Daley on 21 October 1915 on the Greek island of Lemnos. Clarice and Ernest leaving the tent …

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  • Development of RAAF and Australian Civil Aviation

    Tuesday 19 February 2008 by Peter Burness. 1 comments

    Just a year after the end of the First World War, and only a decade after the short first powered flight in Australia, a twin-engine Vickers Vimy, with a crew of 4, flew from England to Australia.  This 1919 exploit exemplified the progress in world aviation. During the First World War there were men who had never before seen an aeroplane or driven a motor car, who had learned how to fly. Learning to fly at Point Cook, Melbourne, …

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  • Smokin' Aces

    Friday 15 February 2008 by Alexandra Orr.

    It seems one of the most expedient weapons deployed personnel can have these days is a deck of cards. Yes, you read correctly. A common form of ephemera coming into the Memorial from those involved in recent conflicts like Iraq, are playing cards, which have been produced by Australia and the United States to reach beyond mere entertainment value into the realm of Intelligence. Playing cards from Iraq. RC06171, RC05764, RC03703  …

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  • The 1919 Air Race

    Wednesday 13 February 2008 by Peter Burness. 9 comments

    In March 1919, four months after the war was over, the Australian government announced that it would give a £10,000 prize for the first successful flight from England to Australia. Despite the obvious dangers, this appealed to some airmen, not yet discharged, who were awaiting repatriation home. There were plenty of war surplus aircraft available and six crews eventually took part. However only two crews finished. The winning team was the …

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