• Lucky Charms

    Monday 11 February 2008 by Amanda Rebbeck. 17 comments

    It is not unusual for servicemen and women to carry with them good luck charms while on overseas service. However one particularly superstitious serviceman was Aircraft Mechanic 2nd Class Henry James Marston, of No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC). Marston wore a wrist chain with an identity tag and three lucky charms – a boomerang, a black cat and a doll. 2AM Henry J Marston’s aluminium identity disc and three good …

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  • Sock it to 'em

    Thursday 7 February 2008 by Jennie Norberry. 2 comments

    It's one of those questions that doesn't get asked everyday, but when it is, the enquirer doesn't usually have to finish their question before we can help them. They usually start with "I don't know if you can help me, I was in the World War 1 section and noticed a knitting pattern for..." At this point I can jump in with: "Knitting two socks at once." Directions for Knitting two socks at once. Australian Comforts Fund Souvenir …

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  • The Dangers of Flying

    Wednesday 6 February 2008 by Amanda Rebbeck. 1 comments

    The aircraft of the 1914-18 period were visibly frail and delicate and quite unlike the capable machines we know today. First World War aircraft were prone to structural or mechanical failures and could easily catch fire. Armament was limited to rifle-calibre machine guns and protection for the crew through armour and parachutes were only beginning to be used in the closing stages of the war. Aircrew operated with few aids to navigation, and were…

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  • The Role of Aircraft

    Wednesday 6 February 2008 by Peter Burness.

    In war there has always been the need to see the enemy behind the hill; reconnaissance became a role of cavalry.  Eventually observation balloons played a part as well.  By the First World War, it was apparent that aircraft, being able to get above and well behind the enemy’s lines, could do it so much better. This work was further enhanced by the development of aerial photography.  Observers in aircraft could also direct artillery fire onto…

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  • Who Killed the Red Baron?

    Wednesday 6 February 2008 by Amanda Rebbeck. 13 comments

    A posthumous photograph of Captain Baron Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron). I came across a number of first and second hand accounts of the death of Baron von Richthofen whilst I was examining various Private Record Collections in the Memorial’s Research Centre. They made for interesting reading since the events of 21 April 1918 have long been the subject of many enthusiastic debates in the history of the First World War. …

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  • Colditz Collection

    Wednesday 30 January 2008 by Nick Fletcher. 3 comments

    Escape maps, medals and military insignia from an infamous German prisoner of war camp are among the latest additions to the Australian War Memorial's collection. Medals and photographs from Lieutenant JR Jack Millet’s Colditz collection The items belonged to WA-born Lieutenant JR 'Jack' Millet who enlisted in 1940 with 2/11 Infantry Battalion. He served in the Middle East before being captured by the Germans on Crete in May …

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  • More exhibition images

    Tuesday 22 January 2008 by Mal Booth. 6 comments

    I now have a better set of images of the exhibition taken by one of our professional photographers, Kerry Alchin. I had thought that I might just replace some of my terribly dark and grainy images, but after talking to our web team, we thought we might upload this new set as a slide show. You can stop the slideshow (by double clicking an image) to view more information or you can look at the previous posts, or even post a question in a comment. …

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  • More on the Shellal Mosaic

    Monday 21 January 2008 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 1 comments

    This post is a further comment regarding Emily Robertson's post on the Shellal Mosaic. When researching for the exhibition I came across some references to the mosaic in the collection of papers of General Sir Henry George Chauvel. In a letter to his wife on 3 May 1917 he mentions some damage done to the mosaic by Turkish forces and that he had contacted the Director of Antiquities to remove it. The letter was transcribed into Lady Chauvel’s …

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  • Photos of the exhibition launch

    Tuesday 15 January 2008 by Mal Booth. 2 comments

      The launch team Beth McGeachy-Blay and her events team made sure that the launch of our exhibition on 6 December 2007 was over the top. She is shown above (third from the right) with members of her team and the two camel mascots she managed to "borrow" from the Australian Army's 26 Transport Squadron in Puckapunyal, with their handlers Privates Arron Daniel (far left) and Michael Francis (far right).   Launch …

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  • Audio tour of the exhibition

    Wednesday 9 January 2008 by Mal Booth.

    In this post we provide an audio tour that you can listen to online or download the podcast. Warning: it is a bit rough! Not the technical quality, just my own voice as we recorded a live tour, so there was no script. It isn't Geraldine Dougue or Peter Ustinov, just me. My thanks to our Sound Engineer Lenny Preston who edited out all the really bad mistakes and some background noise, our Robyn who helped him and our Web Developer, Adam Bell, who…

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