Blog: Collection Highlights
Perhaps you’ve packed, compiled or received a Christmas hamper full of goodies in the last few days.
About this time 99 years ago, the Anzacs who had evacuated from Gallipoli were eagerly awaiting their Christmas hampers.
You wouldn’t think it possible to have a Merry Xmas in a place like this, would you? Well forget it...Thanks to a good lot of fellows du vin and the Almighty spreading a fog over the landscape we had Peace, Goodwill and a good time.
The sending of a traditional Christmas card has diminished in popularity with the advent of mobile phones, email and social media. The Australian War Memorial has a large collection of postcards and greeting cards sent to and from Australian service personnel engaged in conflicts from the South African War (1898 – 1902) to Afghanistan (2001 – present). During the First World War, a very popular design of greeting card was the woven or embroidered silk postcard.
“You can’t convey, as I call it, the fear of the unknown”, Les Wasley 1928 - 2014
Wednesday 17 September 2014 by Jeffrey Wray. No comments.
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A recent addition to the Australian War Memorials film collection available online is a number of documentaries made by/or on behalf of Defence Public Relations during the 1970s and 1980s. The films highlight new equipment, different aspects of service life, operations and training as well as civil assistance activities of the period. These subjects are combined with up-beat contemporary music (or classical music in the army’s case) to provide an exciting and dramatic atmosphere for the subject at hand.
Given it’s the final month of another chilly winter here in Canberra, I felt it was fitting to share with you one of the cosiest objects on display at the Memorial: Corporal Clifford Gatenby’s embroidered blanket. Its unique design has captivated visitors with its richly embroidered images from across the globe, as well as the more familiar symbols of Australia. It is also a rare example of an object of its size to have been created in a prisoner of war camp and to have survived.
Engraved jewellery was frequently presented to departing and returning soldiers by local shire councils and ‘Farewell’ or ‘Welcome Home’ committees during the First World War. Also known as ‘Tribute’ jewellery, these were presented in public ceremonies or dinners and often reported in the local press. With some diligent searching, these reports can be located by searching newspaper databases such as ‘Trove’. As the jewellery was engraved and dated, you can use this information to narrow your search.
In this WW1 themed sound reel four Australian men voice their experiences of the Imperial Camel Corps.
Wednesday 30 July 2014 by Tamsin Hong. No comments.
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Have you ever wondered what happens to the military’s official documents?
Have you ever wondered how historians and academics access military documents and files for their research?