Blog: Collection Highlights
It is always interesting to look at photographs from WW1 beside images from Afghanistan, but this case suggests the truth of the old saying, "some things never change".
Imagine if you were unable to contact loved ones by telephone, email or via any other communication strategy now available in today’s digital age. No longer is it possible to hop in your car and drive down the road to visit friends and family. Instead, you have sailed for at least 4 weeks aboard a troopship to a foreign land. And there is no indication as to when, or if, you will see loved ones again.
Highlight on official records of the First World War is a centenary program of posts highlighting those records created 100 years ago, why they exist and how we can help make these essential records available for research purposes.
Recent donation of rare watercolours made by John Brack while in the army during the Second World War.
The Australian War Memorial holds a growing collection of sheet music which currently includes over 900 titles. The collection includes both individual pieces, and compilations of sheet music. The date range of this collection extends from the 1850s through to the mid-2000s. Of these approximately 250 pieces relate to the First World War.
Jack and the Singapore surrender table
Eric Thake, Self-portrait in a broken shaving mirror
One of only two self-portraits by Eric Thake produced during his Official War Artist commission, 1944-45.
Perspectives of Parit Sulong
Today marks the 73rd anniversary of a tragic chapter in the history of the Australian Defence Force - the first documented massacre of Australian troops by the Imperial Japanese during the Second World War at Parit Sulong in Malaya on 22 January 1942.