• The Memorial's Hollywood Connection

    Thursday 17 April 2014 by Kerry Neale. 2 comments

    McDonnell#039;s medal group.  McDonnell#039;s medals can be viewed through our online collection: http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/REL38409.001/ to http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/REL38409.007

    What link does the Australian War Memorial have to George Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett? In the Memorial’s National Collection is a Second World War medal group belonging to Aeneas John Lindsay McDonnell, born at Toowoomba, Queensland, in 1904. He enlisted for military service in Brisbane in May 1944. McDonnell had already served overseas with the Red Cross in Africa and the Middle East from April 1940 until November 1943, …

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  • Confiscated by the Nazis in 1938, 13 First World War posters make exciting additions to the Memorial’s world class poster collection.

    Wednesday 16 April 2014 by .

    Pal Sujan, Országos Hadigondozó Kiállitás [National Exhibition of War-Invalid Care], 1917

    Pal Sujan, Országos Hadigondozó Kiállitás [National Exhibition of War-Invalid Care], 1917 ARTV10347 In November 2013 the Memorial purchased 13 First World War (FWW) posters at auction in New York. The posters are notable additions to the Memorial’s world class poster collection not only for their aesthetic and historic values but also for their extraordinary …

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  • Patrol Bases of Uruzgan

    Friday 11 April 2014 by Stephanie Boyle.

    .. We’ve had seven contacts, and 29 cache finds in the last three to four months.. we’ve killed three insurgents.. so it’s a quite active area. In 2011, the Memorial's official cinematographer John Martinkus travelled from Australia’s base in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, to Patrol Base Samad, a small and simply constructed outpost where Australian troops train and mentor Afghan National Army members, and Patrol Base MirwaisSet the …

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  • 50th anniversary of sinking of HMAS Voyager II

    Thursday 6 February 2014 by Lenore Heath. 9 comments

    NAVY15894 Monday 10 February 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of a momentous event in Royal Australian Navy (RAN) history, the loss of the destroyer HMAS Voyager II following a collision with the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne II. With many new crew members aboard, HMAS Voyager sailed from Sydney to Jervis Bay on 6 February 1964 for a series of post re-fit trials and exercises with HMAS …

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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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  • Sound Online #3 – Lucky Escapes of the First World War

    Monday 3 February 2014 by Gabrielle Considine.

    The Australian War Memorial has remarkable hidden stories in its sound collection. This compilation of interview extracts reveals the lucky escapes of five men that served during the First World War. These men suffered wounds, sickness and witnessed the horrific casualties of war. They describe themselves to be the lucky ones. These oral history interviews have been digitally preserved as part of the sound preservation program at the …

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  • Remembered. The Dernancourt Cross

    Tuesday 17 December 2013 by Paul Taylor. 3 comments

    It isthe spring of 1918 andthe greatGerman offensive, Operation Michael, is driving westward. The morning of 5 April is misty with poor visibilty. At 6:55am, the men of the 12th and 13th Brigades of the 4th Division are in their forward positions along the railwayembankment as the German artillery barrage starts to fall. Behind the Australians is a long rising bare slope at the top of which is the Amiens – Albert road. In front of …

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  • Sound Collection Online: Recruitment recollections

    Wednesday 4 December 2013 by Gabrielle Considine.

    This sound reel brings together five Australian soldiers from the First World War. They recall their memories of recruitment and enlistment into the first Australian Imperial Force (AIF), 1914 - 1919. When war was declared in 1914, Australia needed to raise a military force to fight overseas and calling for volunteers, raised the AIF. Australian men enlisted enthusiastically at the start of the war, however, with the high number of …

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  • Distorting the image: Caricature for an Australian audience

    Wednesday 27 November 2013 by Cherie Prosser.

    [JFK Santa] drawn in Melbourne in 1962, pencil, ink and gouache on paper, 38.3 x 55.9 cm, Donated in 2013, AWM ART94879

    Cartoonist and caricaturist, John Frith (1906-2000) created a daily drawing for the Herald newspaper in Melbourne. The 1960s was a turbulent decade politically and Frith created this series of drawings to articulate some of the key international political struggles for an Australian audience. The main actors on Frith’s stage were Australian Prime Ministers, as well as the world leaders who dominated the politics of the period. Frith …

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  • Film Collection Online: Tracks on Sprockets

    Tuesday 19 November 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg.

    To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of show reels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your fingertips! This show reel highlighting tanks and the Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) was made to coincide with Cambrai Day, 20 November, the anniversary of the battle of Cambrai. Cambrai Day is the RAAC’s day for commemoration of all who …

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