• Conservation of a Grenadier Guards Tunic – REL30833

    Wednesday 12 December 2007 by Bridie Kirkpatrick.

    Background The tunic came into the collection in a curious and roundabout way . The War Memorial was approached by a Canberra family who had, for donation, a number of pieces of early Lighthorse Regiment (NSW Lancers) equipment. The equipment had belonged to and been worn by a past family member. The pieces were brought into the Military Heraldry and Technology section and examined by …

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  • Conservation of Keith "Nugget" Miller’s Cricket Cap – REL30879

    Wednesday 12 December 2007 by Bridie Kirkpatrick.

    Background Keith Ross ‘Nugget’ Miller was an outstanding all round Australian cricketer who played with the best during the Bradman years. In 1942, like so many young Australians he joined the services and as a pilot flew de Havilland Mosquitos in operations over Europe. He was known for his colourful turns of phrase as much as his ability as a pilot and …

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  • Operations

    Monday 10 December 2007 by Peter Burness.

    Four Australian squadrons flew operationally. No.1 Squadron AFC had a unique role, serving in Egypt, Palestine and Syria. Its airmen undertook reconnaissance and bombing and were often drawn into aerial combat. Lieutenant Frank McNamara won the Victoria Cross for rescuing a downed comrade under fire; it was the first to an Australian airman. Portrait of Lieutenant Frank Hubert McNamara, No. 1 Squadron, AFC. Meanwhile Nos. 2 and…

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  • Training

    Friday 7 December 2007 by Peter Burness.

    Trainees, instructors and staff for the Australian Flying Corps first flying training course which began 17 August 1914. They are pictured in front of a BE2A aircraft in a hangar at the Central Flying School, Point Cook, Victoria. Some Australian pilots qualified at courses at Point Cook, Victoria, and at Richmond, New South Wales; however, from 1917, most were trained in England. It took about 8 months to produce a pilot, …

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  • The Concept of the Ace

    Friday 7 December 2007 by Peter Burness. 1 comments

    The bold exploits of the fighter pilots caught the attention of the public. Aerial duels fought by young men in the clear skies satisfied the heroic notion of warfare; something that the bloody trench fighting could no longer do. Each nation had its air heroes, although many of them had only short lives. Those who destroyed five enemy aircraft were referred to as ‘aces’. The greatest of these, of any side, was the German, Manfred von …

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  • Lowell Thomas footage and press report

    Thursday 6 December 2007 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    Our installation is almost complete now and we will open tonight. This week a few of us have done a lot of media interviews, so it looks to be attracting a good deal of attention already. We released some edited film footage taken by Harry Chase for Lowell Thomas during his short stay with Lawrence and the Arabs in 1918. It was provided by the Imperial War Museum as it comes from their collection. You can view this footage and read a press report…

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  • The Role of Aircraft

    Thursday 6 December 2007 by Amanda Rebbeck.

    Reconnaissance was once the role of the cavalry. In the First World War, aircraft being able to get above and well behind the enemy’s lines, could do it so much better. This role was further enhanced by aerial photography. Observers in aircraft could also direct artillery fire onto targets. Soon armed single-seater fighter-scouts were hunting the reconnaissance planes, and it became necessary to protect them. A Williamson …

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  • The Australian War Theatres

    Thursday 6 December 2007 by Peter Burness.

    Australian airmen served overseas from the earliest days of the First World War. Two pilots were sent to New Guinea in 1914, but were not needed. The following year a group, to become known as the Mesopotamian half-flight, went to the Middle East and were absorbed into the Royal Flying Corps. Here, in a disastrous campaign for the British against the Turks, the Australian Flying Corps suffered its first casualties and some of the men were taken …

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  • Captain E. J. McCloughry DSO, DFC*, MID, No. 4 Squadron, AFC

    Wednesday 5 December 2007 by Amanda Rebbeck. 1 comments

    On 21 February 1919 Captain Edgar J. McCloughry wrote a review of his experiences in France whilst serving with No. 4 Squadron AFC. This review, in the form of a thirteen page letter, covered the period from June-September 1918 and was written in response to a request from the Officer in Command of the Australian War Records Section. It is rare to come across a document such as this; there are only a handful held amongst the approximately one …

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  • Installation . . . at last!

    Monday 3 December 2007 by Mal Booth.

    The painters have been here We promise to clean this up before anyone steps in a can. Andy Paul unpacking IWM loans. The quarantine inspection! The loans were unpacked last Friday under the supervision of Andy Holbrook, the loans shipment courier who is the Collections Care Manager at the IWM, and our Quarantine Inspector from AQIS. The reverse of the famous Augustus John Lawrence…

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