• ANZAC voices : The Pflaum brothers

    Friday 21 November 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments

    ANZAC voices : The Pozieres and Fromelles display case, featuring the Pflaum story The temporary exhibition, ANZAC voices is only open for one more week. It contains a number of interesting stories, including that of Ray and Theo Pflaum who served on the Western Front. Theo Pflaum P09521.001 Ray Pflaum P09291.453…

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  • Anzac voices highly commended at the MAGNA awards

    Thursday 29 May 2014 by Robyn van Dyk. 2 comments

    Anzac voices features treasures from the Memorial’s archives

    The Australian War Memorial is excited to announce that it has won highly commended for the temporary exhibition ANZAC voices at the Museum Galleries National Awards (MAGNA) in Launceston, Tasmania last week. MAGNA celebrates the best exhibition work from around Australia. The Memorial would like to thank the Anzac voices exhibition team, Wingrove design and the Definitive Group for transforming the Memorial's Special Exhibition Gallery…

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  • New Soldiers solve Old Problems

    Thursday 1 May 2014 by Edwin Ride. 4 comments

    Last Thursday the Photograph Section was given the opportunity to host two recently returned veterans of the war in Afghanistan, as part of an ongoing Soldiers in Residence program. The program is designed to familiarize soldiers with the work of the Memorial, at the same time exposing Memorial staff to aspects of ADF culture and practices that might enhance staff’s understanding of the modern Defence members’ experiences in war and …

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  • ANZAC voices: Living Conditions in the Middle East

    Wednesday 26 March 2014 by Dianne Rutherford.

    Watering horses from a canvas trough, 1918.

    When rest of the AIF went to France in 1916, the bulk of the mounted forces remained behind in Egypt. Some men, feeling they were missing out on ‘the action’, left the Light Horse and joined the infantry serving on the Western Front. Those that remained continued fighting the Turkish Army, who threatened the Suez Canal in Egypt. After 1916 the threat to the canal was over and the British and Commonwealth forces gradually advanced …

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  • ‘Good fearless soldiers’: two brothers at Pozières, 1916

    Tuesday 4 February 2014 by Craig Tibbitts. 7 comments

    An Australian soldier among the scattered battlefield graves at Pozieres. Some 23,000 Australians became casualties in this fighting, of which 7,000 died

    This article was originally published in Inside History Magazine, Issue 20, Jan - Feb 2014. Find out more and subscribe to Inside History here. An Australian soldier among the scattered battlefield graves at Pozieres. Some 23,000 Australians became casualties in this fighting, of which 7,000 died E00998 In 1927 the Australian War Memorial’s Director, John Treloar, wrote …

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  • ANZAC voices - relics from Pheasant Wood

    Friday 10 January 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. 2 comments

    The ANZAC voices exhibition features a number of rare documents displayed for the first time, such as some of Frederick Tubb’s diaries and John Simpson Kirkpatrick’s letters. It is also the first time the Memorial has displayed relics recovered from the Pheasant Wood mass grave at Fromelles. They are a combination of personal and military issued items. Five of the six items are associated with unidentified remains, the sixth item, a …

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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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  • ANZAC voices - Improvisation at Gallipoli

    Thursday 12 December 2013 by Dianne Rutherford. 1 comments

    Two soldiers sit beside a pile of empty tins cutting up barbed wire for jam tin bombs.

    Some of the objects on display in the new ANZAC voices exhibition illustrate the ingenuity of the ANZACs when faced with insufficient supplies and equipment at Gallipoli. When the ANZACs landed there on 25 April 1915, they expected a quick advance to Constantinople [Istanbul] so did not carry the equipment or supplies they needed for trench warfare. Although supplies were brought in throughout the campaign by boat, these could be delayed…

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  • ANZAC Voices exhibition opens

    Friday 29 November 2013 by Craig Tibbitts. 3 comments

    ANZAC Voices is the Memorial’s new special exhibition on the First World War, which opened to the public today. It features treasures from the Memorial’s written archives; the voices of the ANZACs presented through their letters and diaries, and supported by a variety of other official documents, photographs, artworks and historical artefacts. Theme image The curators chose the above photo to be the exhibition’s theme image for …

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  • A large monster

    Tuesday 26 November 2013 by Robyn van Dyk. 2 comments

    “Pulled out of bed in the dead of night by a large monster that ultimately turned out to be a man with his gas mask on.” - Captain Robert Grieve of the 37th Battalion. Gas masks saved lives but also caused fatalities. They were extremely uncomfortable and hampered the movement of the men, inducing fatigue, disorientation, and confusion. Corporal Arthur Thomas of 6th Battalion wrote 19 March 1918: “It was terrible there were about …

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