The Australian War Memorial holds a growing collection of sheet music which currently includes over 900 titles. The collection includes both individual pieces, and compilations of sheet music. The date range of this collection extends from the 1850s through to the mid-2000s. Of these approximately 250 pieces relate to the First World War.

 

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Monday 16 February 2015 by Garth O'Connell. 3 comments.
Collection, Collection Highlights, Military Heraldry and Technology, Exhibitions, Personal Stories

 

Jack and the Singapore surrender table

 

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Tuesday 27 January 2015 by Cherie Prosser. No comments.
Art, Collection, Collection Highlights, News

Eric Thake, Self-portrait in a broken shaving mirror

One of only two self-portraits by Eric Thake produced during his Official War Artist commission, 1944-45.

 

 

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Wednesday 28 January 2015 by Garth O'Connell. 6 comments.
Collection, Family history, News, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories

Yesterday at the Christ Church in Queanbeyan NSW the funeral of a local community stalwart, Bede Tongs OAM MM was conducted.  Amongst the many mourners inside and outside the Church were several current and ex-members of staff and senior management of the Australian War Memorial including yours truly.  It is tremendously hard to put into so few words what a positive impact Bede had not just on me personally and professionally, but on my colleagues, my fellow soldiers and our community.

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Thursday 22 January 2015 by Garth O'Connell. 4 comments.
Art, Collection, Collection Highlights, Military Heraldry and Technology

Perspectives of Parit Sulong

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of a tragic chapter in the history of the Australian Defence Force - the first documented massacre of Australian troops by the Imperial Japanese during the Second World War at Parit Sulong in Malaya on 22 January 1942. 

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Wednesday 14 January 2015 by Theresa Cronk. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Collection, Collection Highlights, News, Personal Stories

We all wished everybody the best of luck in the New Year particularly those at home.

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Wednesday 17 December 2014 by David Gist. 5 comments.
Remember Me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt, First World War Centenary, Collection, Exhibitions

The 5th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery's football team The 5th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery's football team P10550.151

 

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Tuesday 16 December 2014 by Stephanie Hume. 3 comments.
Collection, Collection Highlights Published Collections, Christmas, First World War

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.

 

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Monday 8 December 2014 by Gabrielle Considine. 1 comments.
Collection, Collection Highlights, Personal Stories Film, Sound, Photographs, Vietnam War, Les Wasley, cinematography, cameraman

“You can’t convey, as I call it, the fear of the unknown”, Les Wasley 1928 - 2014

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