Blog: Collection Highlights
The Australian War Memorial is currently in the process of releasing a vast selection of its film collection online as downloadable content through our website. This material, comprising of over 3000 titles, joins items from the Memorial’s sound collection which have been available online for the last few months. Already over 1200 film items have been released to our website. Each title that is available online has a link embedded on its object record page which lets you download a copy of the film to your personal computer.
Tuesday 18 June 2013 by Garth O'Connell. 2 comments.
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Facial wounds were extremely common during the First World War, particularly when an unthinking soldier popped his head over the trench parapet. But even soldiers serving within the enclosed “safety” of a tank were not immune from such wounds: small pieces of steel could splinter off the inner surface of the tank when shells struck the outside, causing serious wounds to those inside.
It was not just human soldiers on the Western Front during the First World War who needed protection from the new dangers of chemical warfare. Animals serving beside them were also vulnerable. Collected off the battlefield by a member of the 41st Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, this gas mask was made for a German messenger dog.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra. On 9th August 1942, the cruiser came to a catastrophic end in the Pacific during the Battle of Savo Island. Captain Frank Edmund Getting was in command at the time. He had a long association with the Navy. His story, and that of HMAS Canberra, was uncovered whilst scanning the Reports of Proceedings for HMAS Canberra.
This presentation of WW1 film, together with voices of WW1 veterans, was produced by the Australian War Memorial's film and sound curators. The footage and original oral history recordings are part of the rich film and sound collections of the Australian War Memorial.
Update 9 August 2012:
On 9 August Mr Kerry Stokes AC presented a collection of fragile First World War photographic glass plates to the Australian War Memorial.
On the 19th of February seventy years ago, the city of Darwin was bombed. Sustaining heavy damage and civilian casualties in air raids by Japanese forces, this attack was the first of over sixty air raids conducted up until November 1943.