• 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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  • '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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