• Ottoman prisoner of war beadwork

    Monday 25 June 2007 by Dianne Rutherford. 9 comments

    rel-09785_1.jpg I normally reside in the Research Centre, working with Mal and Robyn, but for the past five months I have been working in the Memorial’s Military Heraldry and Technology section (MHT). MHT's collection includes uniforms, medals, souvenirs, trench art, weaponry, vehicles and other interesting items. Some items from the MHT collection have been selected for display in Lawrence exhibition. Of the items selected, …

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  • Recent war artists

    Monday 25 June 2007 by Janda Gooding.

    In early 2007 the Australian War Memorial appointed Charles Green and Lyndell Brown as official artists to Iraq and Afghanistan. Charles and Lyndell are based in Melbourne and work collaboratively on the same paintings.  Their experiences as official artists travelling with the Australian Defence Forces bear some similarity to those of George Lambert ninety years ago - having to work quickly and pack up at a moment's notice when the Forces need…

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  • The Generals of 1917

    Friday 22 June 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    http://awm.gov.au/collection/ART03339 ART03339 http://awm.gov.au/collection/ART03349 ART03349 http://awm.gov.au/collection/ART00195 ART00195 http://awm.gov.au/collection/ART02926 ART02926 http://awm.gov.au/collection/ART02987 ART02987 http://awm.gov.au/collection/ART00102 ART00102 http://awm.gov.au/collection/ART00199 ART00199…

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  • Battle honours - Bullecourt

    Thursday 21 June 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    While reading about the Australians at Bullecourt in 1917, it struck me as odd that there is only one official battle honour for what seemed to be two distinctly separate battles, albeit in the same location. Furthermore, the official battle honour only refers to the second battle that occurred in May, and seemingly ignores the first battle that took place on 11 April. To satisfy my curiosity, I looked in to the matter further, with assistance…

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  • Sergeant Yells and his work with Lawrence

    Monday 18 June 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 3 comments

    In September 1914 Charles Reginald Yells, a 24 year old labourer from Kapunda, South Australia enlisted with the AIF. Joining the 9th Light Horse Regiment, he trained at Broadmeadows in Victoria before embarking on the HMAT Karroo for Egypt in February 1915. In July 1915, he was promoted to Temporary Sergeant to teach at the Imperial School of Instruction at Zeitoun, Egypt. He worked as an instructor at the school until assigned for “special …

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  • Two distinguished Light Horse officers named Donald Cameron

    Monday 18 June 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 2 comments

    Distinguished Service Order Among the literature and sources of the Palestine campaign appear two prominent and highly decorated Light Horse officers by the name of Donald Cameron: Lieutenant Colonel Sir Donald Charles Cameron of the 5th Light Horse Regiment and Lieutenant Colonel Donald Cameron of the 12th Light Horse Regiment. Hailing from rural backgrounds, the two men had similar military career paths. They were both veterans …

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  • Australia's records: preserved as sacred things

    Tuesday 12 June 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    Australia's records: preserved as sacred things - pictures relics and writings. By C. E. W. Bean, The Anzac Bulletin, Vol 40, 10 October 1917. British Headquarters, France, September 29 [1917]. By C. E. W. BEAN. Bean in northern France, December 1917 E01430 Every country after this war will have its war museums and galleries, and its library of records rendered sacred by the millions of gallant, precious lives laid down in their …

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  • The Australian War Records Section

    Tuesday 12 June 2007 by Anne-Marie Conde. 9 comments

    Ninety years ago, in May 1917, the Australian War Records Section (AWRS) was formed in London. It is from this date that we trace the formal origins of the Australian War Memorial. Over the next two years the AWRS acquired approximately 25,000 objects, as well as paper records, photographs, film, publications, and works of art. All were brought back to Australia in 1919 and formed the basis of the collection of what would eventually become the …

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  • Caring for the past

    Tuesday 12 June 2007 by Anne-Marie Conde.

    It is not enough to expect the evidence of the past to be preserved as a matter of chance or accident. Someone has to care. http://cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/D00073 D00073 Evidence of the past comes to us by many means: documents, photographs, books, newspapers, objects, works of art, films, buildings, landscapes, eyewitness accounts. Not everything is kept, however. Time, neglect, destruction and sometimes –perversely – a …

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  • Clouds Hill. Why worry?

    Friday 8 June 2007 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    Clouds Hill in Dorset Recently, I had one of those marvellous moments of discovery connecting T E Lawrence to C E W Bean . . . well, in a small way. I was researching captions for the exhibition items on loan from various UK institutions when I came across some information about the lintel on the door to Lawrence's Clouds Hill home in Dorset. I had visited Cloud's Hill with Jeremy Wilson in 2006 when I was in the UK …

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