• The journey

    Tuesday 15 April 2008 by .

    Those of us travelling with the Memorial on the Gallipoli battlefield tour arrived in Istanbul today following a long journey from our various home ports. On a flight of over 22 hours it is inevitable that conversations would be struck and I met several Australians also travelling to Gallipoli. For the first leg of the trip I sat next to an Australian Vietnam war veteran. He was planning on touring the battlefields and to attend the Dawn Service …

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  • Roll of Honour Photographs

    Monday 14 April 2008 by Joanne Smedley. 16 comments

    The Australian War Memorial is encouraging Australians to look through their family wartime photographs to find images of the more than 102,000 men and women who died while on active service, and whose names are on bronze panels of the Roll of Honour. The photographs will allow all Australians to remember these individuals as their families did. An online version of the Roll of Honour is available on the Memorial's website. Photographs are linked…

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  • Albatros Fabric Research

    Friday 11 April 2008 by Andrew Pearce. 6 comments

    The Memorial has been able to gain access to substantial amounts of the original fabric, which was removed from the Albatros during the 1960's restoration with the exception of the rudder and the ailerons. Significant analysis of this material has been carried out in order to determine the correct details for fabric colours, panel widths and orientations, seam widths, rib stitching and the dimensions of rib tapes.Photographic evidence shows the …

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  • 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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