• Battlefield Tour 2008: The First Post

    Friday 11 April 2008 by . 1 comments

    The Memorial's annual battlefield tour commences this Sunday with several members of the Memorial preparing to set off for the trip. Ashley Ekins, Head of the Military History Section will lead our Gallipoli tour and Nick Fletcher, Senior Curator in Heraldry and Technology will lead the Western Front tour. We will be walking many of the historic battle sites and commemorating Anzac Day with the Dawn Service at Gallipoli and the Australian …

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  • 1,100 signatures

    Wednesday 9 April 2008 by Mel Hunt. 1 comments

    Honour Roll: Autographs and Colours of soldiers and nurses who have taken part in the Great War and of sailors of the Grand Fleet, 1914-1919

    This honour roll was recently rediscovered in the Memorial's Research Centre during a cataloguing project focusing on documenting our oversize maps and souvenirs. Almost two metres in height and one metre in width, the honour roll consists of over 1,100 signatures, unit names, and hand drawn colour patches, insignia and medals of World War I veteran sailors, soldiers and nurses of all ranks. Honour …

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  • The Memorial's Digitisation Programs

    Tuesday 8 April 2008 by Mal Booth.

    Slideshare logo Last week I prersented a workshop on digitisation for library managers in Sydney. The slides from that presentation are now available on Slideshare. The presentation may be of some interest to those who would like to know more about why, what and how we create, manage and provide access to our digitised collections. Keep in mind that there are 38 slides, but they were originally used over an entire day, so there …

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  • Curator-led tours of the exhibition

    Friday 4 April 2008 by Mal Booth.

    These tours are advertised elsewhere on our website, but just in case you've not seen them, either Robyn or myself are running tours of the exhibition at 10.45 am on the following dates: 14, 21, 24 and 27 February 5, 10, 12, 19 and 26 March 2, 9, 16, 23, 24* and 30 April 7, 14, 21, and 24 May They usually last around an hour, unless we get carried away. Of course you can always download the audio tour and bring it with you on an MP3 player. * …

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  • 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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