• Lost Diggers from the West

    Wednesday 3 June 2015 by David Gist. 1 comments

    The exhibition ‘Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt’ is about to commence a 12-month tour of Western Australia. In a happy coincidence, the Australian War Memorial is delighted to announce the identification of two more diggers from this collection. They both appear in this photograph that includes battalion mascot Jenny the monkey, which has proven to be a popular image with exhibition visitors.…

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  • Understanding Australian Identity Discs Part 1 : First World War

    Friday 22 May 2015 by Dianne Rutherford. 5 comments

    Pattern 1907 identity disc with August 1914 format details stamped.

    OFFICIAL IDENTITY DISCS During the First World War there were threetypes of identity discs issued to those serving in the Australian Imperial Force [AIF]. Those serving in the Royal Australian Navy were not issued with identity discs (excluding members of the Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train, who do appear to have been issued with official identity discs), although somewore private purchase or improvised ones and I have come across …

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM38 - Records of Charles E W Bean, Official Historian

    Wednesday 20 May 2015 by Craig Berelle. 3 comments

    Highlight on the official records of the First World War is a centenary program highlighting those records created 100 years ago, whythey exist and how we can help make these essential records available for research purposes. Function and provenance Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean (1879-1968) donated his papers to the Australian War Memorial (AWM) over many years. His role as Australia’s Official War Correspondent and later Official …

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  • Gallipoli Highlights: the Ottoman Collection

    Tuesday 19 May 2015 by Alexandra Biggs. 1 comments

    Turkish War Medal (1915)

    As Australia commemorates the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, it is a timely opportunity to look at the objects in the collection of the Australian War Memorial relating to the Ottoman forces at Gallipoli. As part of an internship at the Australian War Memorial, I have been investigating the representation of the Ottoman forces at the Memorial, through looking at the acquisition and display of Ottoman objects from the Gallipoli …

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  • Uncommon Bravery, Edward William Mattner MC DCM MM

    Thursday 7 May 2015 by Cameron Ross. 9 comments

    Recently the Australian War Memorial received a donation from the family of the late Edward William Mattner MC DCM MM. This significant collection, which includes his medals, letters to his parents and photographs, highlights the exceptional life of service to Australia both in military and civil life. During the First World War Mattner would receive the Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal for bravery; one of …

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  • Welcoming Loved Ones Home

    Tuesday 5 May 2015 by Alexandra Biggs.

    The Welcome Home banner made by Jessie and Alice Middleton in 1919 to welcome home Private J.T.B. Elderfield. REL40074.

    This ‘Welcome Home’ banner was made by Jessie Mary Middleton and her mother Alice in 1919 to welcome Jessie’s fiancée John Thomas Bracey Elderfield back to Australia from active service in France. Banners welcoming loved ones home from overseas were common at the end of the First World War (and in conflicts since), but few have survived to this day. While it only has a few ‘Welcome Home’ banners in its First World War …

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  • Ways of commemorating the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli

    Thursday 23 April 2015 by Liz Holcombe.

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Anzac Day goes beyond the landing, and is the day we remember the Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The Memorial is interested in how the anniversary will be commemorated in Australia and around the world, and we have a couple of online activities planned to mark this significant moment in history: a …

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM4 - Australian Imperial Force Unit War Diaries

    Thursday 23 April 2015 by Craig Berelle.

    AWM4 1/43/5 April 1915

    Highlight on the official records of the First World War is a centenary program highlighting those records created 100 years ago, whythey exist and how we can help make these essential records available for research purposes. AWM4 1/43/5 April 1915 [RCDIG1011209--24 cropped] 1st Australian Division diary for the landing at Gallipoli. The place where the troops went ashore was as intended, despite a widespread belief to the contrary. …

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  • Capturing Ephemera for the First World War Centenary

    Thursday 16 April 2015 by Alexandra Orr. 1 comments

    With the Centenary of the First World War being so widely commemorated around Australia, the Australian War Memorial is eager to capture the ways in which the nation is doing this. Front page of leaflet for 'The Dirty Red Digger', Anzac Centenary Concert, performed by The Griffin Ensemble. Reverse of leaflet for 'The Dirty Red Digger', Anzac Centenary Concert, performed by The Griffin Ensemble. Many local libraries, …

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  • Exploding like clockwork

    Wednesday 8 April 2015 by Stephanie Boyle. 3 comments

    E00383 It isalways interestingto look atphotographs from WW1besideimages from Afghanistan,butthis casesuggests the truth ofthe old saying, "some things never change". The WW1 photographabove was taken following the retreat ofGerman forcesfromthe French village they so recently occupied.In keeping witha practice typical of the time, explosive booby traps were oftenrigged for unwary allied …

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