• 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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  • Messines - Tunnellers and Mines

    Friday 25 May 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 18 comments

    Tunnellers – Hill 60 The Battle of Messines was fought along a wide frontage. Australian infantry fought on the southern end of this line near Messines village, while to the north at Hill 60 near Ypres Australian tunnellers played a vital role in the detonation of part of a series of huge mines beneath the enemy’s trenches. The 1st Australian Tunnelling Company had worked there since November 1916, extending shafts for the mines while …

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  • Then and Now

    Monday 21 May 2007 by John Lafferty. 1 comments

    I'm now back at work and catching up on the email and tasks. I am also still processing the photos taken on the trip. As I go through the images I am adding notes but also looking for those images that where taken to match those in the collection. Here is the first one. It is a panoramic photo of North Beach. Although these images have been taken at a slightly different angle the details are still clear and the changes to the landscape become …

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  • Cirkut Panoramas

    Tuesday 15 May 2007 by Shaune Lakin.

    Cirkut panoramas Officers, NCOs and men of the 1st Australian Mechanical Transport Company with civilians at Hainaut Chatelet, Belgium, April 1919 (AWM E05297) E05297 Given their application to the fields of reconnaissance, surveillance and the gathering of intelligence, the course of the First World War was in many ways dependent on the production and circulation of panoramic photographs. Panoramas were regularly produced to …

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