• 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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  • A not so ancient 'antiquity'

    Wednesday 31 July 2013 by Dianne Rutherford.

    A little while back I blogged about an ancientcuneiform tabletcollected by a member of the AIF in Mesopotamia and whether it was genuine or not. Recently, while looking atsouvenirs collected by soldiers training in Egypt I came across a wonderfulEgyptian scarab. This scarab has the head of sphinx and heiroglyphs on its base. While it initially appeared to be stone from parts that had chipped awayit turned out it is made from clay with…

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  • Education at the Memorial - Collection Detection

    Tuesday 30 July 2013 by Stuart Baines. 2 comments

    As part of our ongoing blog with which we hope to connect with the needs and interests of teachers and students, this week we introduce the first of our What is it? objects from the Memorial’s collection. Hopefully this will get you thinking and talking, and finding ways to use it with students in the classroom. What is it? Made from tin, this object is 62mm long and 46 mm wide. It was recovered from the Lone Pine trench system in 1919…

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  • Film Collection Online: Second World War Captured Films

    Friday 26 July 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. 2 comments

    To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of highlight reels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your finger tips! Though only consisting of forty six titles, the German and Japanese films of the Second World War in the AWM Film collection are an important and varied collection for research as well as great source of unique stock footage. The …

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  • Guns and Horses and Camels... Oh My!

    Friday 12 July 2013 by Miranda Cookman. 1 comments

    Last month saw the removal of collection items, large and small, from the Western Front and Sinai–Palestine galleries in preparation for major building works in the space. All of these objects will be moved into storage, with the larger ones going into the Treloar Technology Centre at Mitchell, a large purpose-built shed that houses some of Australia’s national treasures. Among these items were four special relics: two field guns, a …

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  • Film Collection Online: The First World War

    Friday 28 June 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. 2 comments

    TheAustralian War Memorialis currently in the process ofreleasing 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 …

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  • The Man Behind The Bearskin

    Thursday 27 June 2013 by Eleni Holloway. 1 comments

    Concealed beneath the fine jet black hairs of this bearskin headdress is the gilded flaming grenade badge of the Royal Fusiliers. The bearskin headdress worn with the traditional scarlet full dress uniform during ceremonial and state occasions by British soldiers is an impressive sight, emblematic of the sartorial military splendour of the 18th and 19th century. The British tradition of wearing bearskin headdresses began a century …

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  • "The Last Halifax"

    Friday 21 June 2013 by Jacob Lessmann. 6 comments

    One of the 462 Squadron Halifax crew members.

    One of the 462 Squadron Halifax crew members. P01523.012 My name is Jacob Lessmann. I am 15 years old and had the opportunity to work in Military Heraldry Technology section for a week. On the night of 16/17 April 1945, Halifax MZ467 of 462 Squadron, RAAF, embarked from the RAF base at Foulsham, UK at 2358 hours [11:58pm] to carry out a flight over Augsburg, Germany. Ten …

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