• Keeping the wheels turning

    Tuesday 24 January 2017 by David Gist. 2 comments

    After a brief hiatus, the Australian War Memorial’s exhibition Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt has opened at the Glasshouse in Port Macquarie, the first of nine venues across regional Australia. Public interest in the collection of images captured by Louis and Antoinette Thuillier is likewise being renewed, and these images continue to reward careful study.From their makeshift photographic studio in the village of Vignacourt the …

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  • Lost Diggers from the West

    Wednesday 3 June 2015 by David Gist. 1 comments

    The exhibition ‘Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt’ is about to commence a 12-month tour of Western Australia. In a happy coincidence, the Australian War Memorial is delighted to announce the identification of two more diggers from this collection. They both appear in this photograph that includes battalion mascot Jenny the monkey, which has proven to be a popular image with exhibition visitors.…

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  • Vale Peter Anthony Ward

    Wednesday 18 March 2015 by David Gist. 13 comments

    Yesterday afternoon, Peter Ward passed away after a long illness. Peter is best known for his work as an official army photographer, both film and still, in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. The Photographs, Film and Sound Section of the Australian War Memorial offer a small sample of his work from the National Collection. WAR/70/0018/VN During this period of the centenary of Anzac, it is easy to …

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  • Two of Sydney’s sons identified

    Wednesday 17 December 2014 by David Gist. 5 comments

    The 5th Australian Light Trench Mortar Batterys football team

    The 5th Australian Light Trench Mortar Batterys football team P10550.151 For those of us at the Memorial who have been privileged enough to work with the Louis and Antoinette Thuillier collection, the level of public interest shown in the Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt exhibition each time it visits a new city has always excited us. But the Sydney leg of the exhibition…

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  • 100th Digger from Vignacourt Identified

    Thursday 2 October 2014 by David Gist. 4 comments

    Group portrait of three members of the 29th Battalion. Identified is (right) 1092 Private Alexander Duncan Cameron, a farmer from Brimpaen, Victoria.

    Despite the travelling schedule for the exhibition Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt being cut short, the Australian public’s interest in this unique collection of photographic images continues. Now, in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, the hundredth Australian soldier from the collection of glass-plate negatives has been identified. He is 1092 Private Alexander Duncan Cameron of the 29th Battalion. Born in …

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  • 'Men who had been in Hell'

    Monday 23 September 2013 by David Gist. 7 comments

    The glass-plate negatives from Vignacourt are significant because they offer insights into the reality of life on the Western Front. There are photos that show the laughter and the mateship among these soldiers, and the general feeling of life away from the line. Like any true portrait, many offer an insight into the character and mood of the subject. None of the soldiers in this post have been identified, but photographs created so close to the …

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  • Medals of a Rat

    Wednesday 31 August 2011 by David Gist. 4 comments

    Visitors to the Memorial’s exhibition Rats of Tobruk 1941 will have noticed the unofficial Rats of Tobruk medal presented, according to its engraving, by Lord Haw Haw. Around twenty of these medals were made at Tobruk, which illustrates one of the earliest examples of the town’s defenders reclaiming the title ‘Rat’, bestowed on them by the propaganda radio program ‘Germany Calling’. Visitors may also notice the brasso caked around the…

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