• Knitting for the troops

    Friday 25 October 2013 by Jessie Webb. 3 comments

    It can be difficult to get an idea of what was happening on the home front just by looking at military records. What were the people who weren’t serving doing? How did they feel? What did they do to play their part in Australia’s war effort? One thing many Australians did during both the First and Second World Wars was knit. Australia-wide, local organisations, schools, church groups, knitting circles, and individuals banded …

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  • Film Collection Online: RAAF PR - The Canberra bomber in peace and war

    Tuesday 1 October 2013 by Jeffrey Wray. 1 comments

    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 highlights the RAAF Public Relations 16mm cine films in the Memorial's Film Collection. The RAAF PR collection is the last in the trio of the Directorate of Public Affairs series with over two hundred RAAF PR titles …

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  • 'Men who had been in Hell'

    Monday 23 September 2013 by David Gist. 7 comments

    The glass-plate negatives from Vignacourt are significant because they offer insights into the reality of life on the Western Front. There are photos that show the laughter and the mateship among these soldiers, and the general feeling of life away from the line. Like any true portrait, many offer an insight into the character and mood of the subject. None of the soldiers in this post have been identified, but photographs created so …

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  • Alexander Cyril Ferguson medal donation

    Monday 23 September 2013 by Amanda Rebbeck. 3 comments

    Sixty members of the extended Ferguson family travelled from around Australia to attend a medal donation ceremony this morning at the Australian War Memorial in commemoration of their forebear Alexander Cyril Ferguson. Alexander served in both the First and Second World Wars and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his actions near Zonnebeke in October 1917where he was a member of the Australian Army Medical Corps, attached to…

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  • A short ferry ride to the war

    Friday 20 September 2013 by Craig Blanch.

    Charles Delacy, The storming of the Mole at Zeebrugger, Belgium, 1916,

    Charles Delacy, The storming of the Mole at Zeebrugger, Belgium, 1916, ART19776 The raid on Zeebrugge to cripple the inland port of Bruges in occupied Belgium in April 1918 lasted a little more than an hour. It cost the lives of over 200 British sailors and marines with hundreds more wounded. Artificer Engineer William Henry Vaughan Edgar, late of HMAS Australia, joined …

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  • Film Collection Online: DPR/TV - Make Someone Happy

    Monday 9 September 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg.

    To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of showreels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your fingertips! A major component of the Memorial’s film collection is the Army Directorate of Public Relations DPR/TV series of 16mm cine films. Starting in the early 1960s and ending in the early 1970s this series spans the Vietnam War, Indonesian …

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  • Film Collection Online: Not a Common Carrier

    Friday 30 August 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg.

    To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of showreels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your fingertips! Recent additions to the film available on line include material from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Public Relations unit. This compile of selected clips focuses on the former flagship of the RAN, HMAS Melbourne, and on carrier …

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  • Vietnam through a lens

    Tuesday 20 August 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg.

    This slideshow was screened as part of the "Vietnam through a lens" film screening at the Australian War Memorial on Vietnam Veterans Day, 2013. We hope you enjoy it as much as those that were able to attend on the day did. Out of deference to Vietnam Veterans Day, all the photographs used in this slideshow were captured by soldiers. One was taken by an army public relations photographer, and the rest by ordinary servicemen creating a …

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  • A Mother and Her Seven Soldier Sons

    Tuesday 13 August 2013 by Tamsin Hong. 16 comments

    REL46813.001 It seemed like an ordinary day where I was busy researching areas of our collection, when two remarkable badges were offered for donation. They were a Female Relative Badge with seven stars and a Mothers and Widows’ Badge with four stars, both from the Second World War. Some of you will immediately recognise the value and rarity of these badges. However, as I learnt about …

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  • Our Film Commission : John Martinkus in Afghanistan

    Monday 12 August 2013 by Stephanie Boyle.

    The 2011 appointment of the Memorial'sOfficial Cinematographer to Afghanistan followed in the Memorial’s tradition of official commissions since WW1. The Memorial commissionedJohn Martinkus, the first bona fidejournalist toact for the Memorial since Charles Bean, the Memorial's instigator. Martinkus' commission took himinto the world of the Australian soldier whose day to day realities include the challenges inherent in training …

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