• 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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  • Healing Wounds You Can’t See

    Friday 27 March 2015 by Gabrielle Considine.

    Group portrait of members of 114 Australian General Hospital

    Group portrait of members of 114 Australian General Hospital P11535.001 Shell Shock, Combat Stress Reaction, War Neuroses, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Regardless of the label, many have suffered psychological trauma as a result of war. During the Second World War psychological trauma was treated with electroshock therapy and formaldehyde. This is described by Neta …

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  • "I'm 21 to-day and I've never been 21 before."

    Saturday 21 March 2015 by Meagan Nihill. 6 comments

    How did you celebrate your 21st birthday? Although turning 18 might be the more meaningful legal milestone these days, for many, reaching the age of 21 is still an important rite of passage: a symbolic entrance into true adulthood. As a result, 21st birthdays are usually a big event, celebrated with friends and family, laughter, drinks, and speeches. One hundred years ago today, camped in the desert outside Cairo – half a world away …

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  • Vale Peter Anthony Ward

    Wednesday 18 March 2015 by David Gist. 11 comments

    Yesterday afternoon, Peter Ward passed away after a long illness. Peter is best known for his work as an official army photographer, both film and still, in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. The Photographs, Film and Sound Section of the Australian War Memorial offer a small sample of his work from the National Collection. WAR/70/0018/VN During this period of the centenary of Anzac, it is easy …

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM8 - Unit Embarkation Rolls

    Monday 16 March 2015 by Craig Berelle. 5 comments

    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. The 9th Battalion was among the first infantry units raised for the AIF during the First World War. It was the first battalion recruited in Queensland. …

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