• Albatros Fuselage: Cleaning and Repair

    Thursday 3 April 2008 by Andrew Pearce.

    Work is underway to clean and repair the fuselage of the Albatros. During the course of the last nine decades, a significant amount of grease, dust and general grime has built up inside the fuselage of the Albatros, particularly in the engine bay. Following removal of the engine previously installed in the aircraft, the interior of the fuselage was cleaned. After the dust, dirt, grease and a layer of shellac applied during a previous restoration …

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  • Conservation of the Albatros D.Va

    Thursday 3 April 2008 by Andrew Pearce. 2 comments

    The Large Technology Conservation Section are currently working on five aircraft for the upcoming First World War exhibition "Over The Front" due to open in November 2008. The Albatros D.Va was last restored in the mid 1960s and there are a number of areas which need attention. The doped fabric covering of the wings has contracted significantly during the last four decades and this has torn apart many of the stitched seams along …

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  • Trench Mortar

    Tuesday 1 April 2008 by Dianne Rutherford.


    On display in the Memorial's First World War Gallery is this damaged trench mortar barrel. The explosion thatdamaged this Stokes 3" trench mortar barrel in 1918 also sadly killed two young men from the 6th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery. Stokes 3" trench mortars were made up of a barrel with a base plate at the bottom and supported by legs that had traversing and elevating gearsto adjust the trajectory.Inside the bottom of the barrel was…

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  • 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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