• Ceramic poppies from the Tower of London come to the Memorial

    Tuesday 3 March 2015 by Eleni Holloway. 4 comments

    Ceramic poppies from the Tower of London’s Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red centenary installation

    The Military Heraldry Technology section has recently received two ceramic poppies from the Tower of London’s Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red centenary installation for the National Collection. The evocative art installation was on display in the Tower of London’s moat from 5th August to 11th November 2014. 888, 246 individually handmade poppies ‘represented a British military fatality during the war’ and progressively filled the …

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  • Sing us a song...

    Monday 2 March 2015 by Stephanie Hume. 1 comments

    The Australian War Memorial holds a growing collection of sheet music which currently includes over 900 titles. The collection includes both individual pieces, and compilations of sheet music. The date range of this collection extends from the 1850s through to the mid-2000s. Of these approximately 250 pieces relate to the First World War. Some of the music held in the Memorial’s collection was written by service people themselves, either …

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  • Rare donation of book signed by Gallipoli veterans

    Thursday 19 February 2015 by .

    His Excellency Mr Stephen Brady AO CVO Australian Ambassador to the French Republic hands over rare Gallipoli book to Dr Brendan Nelson Director of the War Memorial

    On 18 February 2015, His Excellency Mr Stephen Brady AO CVO Australian Ambassador to the French Republic, donated to the Memorial a copy of Alan Moorehead’s book Gallipoli. The significance of this book is that itwas signed by Gallipoli veterans on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of their return to Anzac Cove. His Excellency Mr Brady was fortunate enough to be travelling with the veterans at the time and asked them to sign a copy of the …

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  • Australian Red Devil

    Wednesday 18 February 2015 by Daniel McGlinchey.

    British Paratroops training in England in mid 1941

    British Paratroops training in England in mid 1941 009463 “Nothing can surpass the excitement of jumping from an aeroplane,” Peter Bernard Lalor wrote in a letter home in 1943 to his mother, Mrs Hester Lalor in Melbourne. He had passed his parachute training and was posted to the newly raised British 4th Parachute Brigade. As an Information Assistant at the Australian War …

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  • 2015 Australian Summer Scholars Presentations

    Wednesday 18 February 2015 by Lachlan Grant.

    Wallace Anderson and Louis McCubbin, Lone Pine (1924–27)(detail).  AWM AR PAIU2011/184.10

    Public Talk: 2015 Australian Summer Scholars Presentations Thursday 19 February, 2 pm – 3.30 pm BAE Systems Theatre Australian War Memorial Presentations for the 2015 Australian War Memorial Summer Vacation Scholarship Scheme will take place on Thursday 19 February in the BAE Systems Theatre at the Australian War Memorial, 2 pm – 3.30 pm. This year the three presentations feature Mr Shaun Mawdsley (Massey University) on the creation of the …

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  • Jack and the Singapore surrender table

    Sunday 15 February 2015 by Garth O'Connell. 3 comments

    The Singapore surrender table as on display in the Second World War gallery of the Australian War Memorial.

    Jack and the Singapore surrender table The Singapore surrender table as on display in the Second World War gallery of the Australian War Memorial. RELAWM32783 This simple teak table is one of the most poignant physical reminders of one the darkest chapters of Australian and British military history, the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942. Along with tens of thousands of Indian,…

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  • Building Butts and Bayonets; A guide to moulding and casting replica rifles for the FWW dioramas

    Wednesday 4 February 2015 by Emily Mulvihill. 3 comments

    Peeling two halves of the mould

    A large component of the conservation process and the overall rejuvenation of the First World War dioramas at the AWM has been to create new rifles and bayonets for missing or non-original rifles (suspected to be from previous interventions).Assessing the materialsthey were constructed fromalong with images from the initial diorama displays in the 1930’s we were able to identify original rifles and to hence find appropriate examples for …

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  • New Art Acquisition by Eric Thake

    Friday 30 January 2015 by Cherie Prosser.

    Eric Thake, Self-portrait in a broken shaving mirror One of only two self-portraits by Eric Thake produced during his Official War Artist commission, 1944-45. Eric Thake (1904-1982) was a Modernist painter with an interest in Surrealism, a style that developed in the early 1920s, best known for its contradictory and illogical scenes, expressing unconscious ideas and concepts. His contemporary approach to art made him an unlikely appointment as…

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  • In deep respect - Bede Tongs OAM MM

    Wednesday 28 January 2015 by Garth O'Connell. 6 comments

    Captain Bede Tongs (centre) with his wife and his brother Reginald after being presented his Military Medal by the Governor-General in Canberra, July 1947. Reginald was captured in Singapore with the 2/20th Battalion AIF and along with tens of thousands of others suffered under Japanese captivity on the Burma-Thai death railway and at Changi until his release in 1945.

    Yesterday at the Christ Church in Queanbeyan NSW the funeral of a local community stalwart, Bede Tongs OAM MMwas conducted. Amongst the many mourners inside andoutside the Churchwere several current and ex-members of staff and senior management of the Australian War Memorial including yours truly. It is tremendously hard to put into so few words what a positiveimpact Bede had not just on me personally and professionally, but on my colleagues, my …

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  • Memorial Box Banter - Part VII

    Tuesday 27 January 2015 by Kathleen Cusack.

    Albert and Norman Holden

    On the day that the Armistice was signed, whilst shouts of rejoicing could be heard in every direction, I stood alone with a lump in my throat, feeling in no mood to wave flags, though deeply grateful that hostilities had ceased and that no more precious human lives would have to be sacrificed.* A few weeks after the First World War ended, Gladesville resident, Dora Boulton, opened her mail to read these words from Victorian chaplain, Albert …

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