• Rations for the Gallipoli landing - diaries of Sergeant Apcar De Vine

    Thursday 24 April 2014 by Robyn van Dyk. 5 comments

    On the eve of landing at Gallipoli, 99 years ago, Sergeant Apcar De Vine of the 4th battalion took pen to paper to write of his preparations for the landing. Under orders to sail at 12am he records a meal of tea, bully beef and eggs. He describes packing iron rations for three days. “Two tins of Bully Beef, tea, sugar, biscuits, 2 cubes of Bovril, also rations for the first day of landing, bully-beef and biscuits, we had to rearrange …

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  • "I sprang to my feet in one jump..."

    Thursday 17 April 2014 by David Heness. 4 comments

    Private Cecil Anthony McAnulty was barely able to stand. Exhausted from the intense fighting of the previous two days, he used a brief period of respite to pen his experiences of the past few days to paper. Cecil had written in his diary every day since he had left Australia. When he had completely filled his first diary he begana second, writing onwhatever scraps of paper he could find and often using the backs of envelopes sent from …

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  • Anzac Connections

    Wednesday 16 April 2014 by Robyn van Dyk. 2 comments

    Bringing historic documents from the Australian War Memorial’s archive to all Australians The first 150 collections of private records related to individuals who served in the First World War are now online and hold a wealth of stories. In the centenary year of the First World War, the Memorial has launched one of its major commemorative projects to make available the rare historic personal records of Australians who served. ANZAC …

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  • ANZAC Connections: First World War Centenary digitisation project

    Monday 20 January 2014 by Nick Crofts. 12 comments

    Lieutenant Barlow

    The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the ANZACs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war. The collections are selected from our extensive archives and reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians during the First World War, not just well-known personalities. This project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s …

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  • On this day...20 December 1915

    Friday 20 December 2013 by Theresa Cronk. 2 comments

    On 20 December 1915, Private John Kingsley Gammage of the 1st Infantry Battalion wrote in his diary, This concludes a real experience that money could not buy with an enemy that fought fairly and clean. Gammagewas one of the last 10 000 Australian troops remaining at Anzac Cove. These men departed Anzac Cove during the night of Sunday 19 December through into the early hours of Monday 20 December 1915. The preparations for their …

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  • Christmas in Cairo 1914 - Private John Simpson, 3rd Field Ambulance

    Thursday 19 December 2013 by Robyn van Dyk.

    I would not have joined this contingent if I had known that they were not going to England. Private John Simpson, 3rd Field Ambulance, Christmas Day 1914 When the Australians of the First Contingent were sent to Egypt for training in 1914 many were interested to see the exotic and ancient sights. During this period of training the men had some free time where they could visit Cairo, climb a pyramid, bet on horse races or buy beer, …

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  • Changes to our website: a new search

    Thursday 5 December 2013 by Liz Holcombe. 4 comments

    In December 2013 we will be adding a new search facility to our website. The new search will allow you to search all the information on our website from one search box; for example, you will be able to type a name or a topic into the search box and see all the information we have which is related to that name or topic. Once the new search is live, it will be available from the search box on the top right hand corner of every page and …

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  • ANZAC Connections: Brigadier General Goddard

    Monday 2 December 2013 by Nick Crofts.

    Portrait of Henry Arthur Goddard

    The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the ANZACs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war. The collections are selected from our extensive archives and reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians during the First World War, not just well-known personalities. This project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s …

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  • ANZAC Connections: Centenary digitisation project

    Thursday 10 October 2013 by Nick Crofts. 2 comments

    WARNING: We wish to advise that this blog may contain names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed away. The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the ANZACs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war. The collections selected for this project will reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians…

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  • ANZAC Connections: Centenary digitisation project

    Monday 22 July 2013 by Nick Crofts. 3 comments

    The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the ANZACs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war. The collections selected for this project will reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians during the First World War, not just well-known personalities. This project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s collections as well as …

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