• "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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  • A fateful flight : conspicious gallantry off Algeria

    Tuesday 18 June 2013 by Garth O'Connell. 2 comments

    Lockheed Hudson U-boat attack RAAF recruitment poster. Source : Australian War Memorial collection ARTV03905. On the night of 23 April 1943, a lone Royal Air Force (RAF) Lockheed Hudsonmulti-role aircraft was patroling off theAlgerian coast. The crew of six had asingle mission, to seek and destroy any German or Italian submarines that they found to prevent them from attacking Alliedshipping in the western Mediterranean. To combat this …

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  • The 'Souvenir of Egypt' and the 'Souvenir of Palestine'

    Monday 15 April 2013 by Dianne Rutherford.

    One type of souvenir we often get asked about at the Memorial is an embroidereditem known as a 'Souvenir of Egypt". These were very popular during the First World War due to their colourful nature and the fact they were easy to fold and post home.Soldiers bought them while travelling to or from the Western Front (via Egypt) or while they were serving or training in Egypt. Very little is written about these souvenirs and much of what we…

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  • ‘An upright, sterling character’ Sergeant Douglas Bernard Matthew Adams, 10 Battalion, AIF

    Tuesday 12 March 2013 by Michael Kelly. 2 comments

    c March 1915. Sergeant Douglas Bernard Matthew Adams, D Company, 10 Battalion, AIF. Photograph taken just prior to embarkation for service abroad. H06022

    During my first visit to Gallipoli in May 1996, in Beach Cemetery I chanced upon a grave of a 10th Battalion digger who had been a sergeant when he died of wounds at the age of 18 in early July 1915. The epitaph on the grave, A bright young life sacrificed on the altar of duty. So dearly loved, struck a chord with me, as I was only a few years older than he had been. I promised myself then never to forget him and to visit again when I …

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  • From the Film and Sound Collection - The Great Arrival/My Hero

    Wednesday 13 February 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. 1 comments

      This footage is an edited down version of a recent donation to the Australian War Memorial - F11790 - entitled 'The Great Arrival.' The footage shows Arthur John Carmody, who served in the RAAF, greeting his English war bride Mary Carmody (nee Oldroyd). According to the story passed down through the family, Mary arrived on Australia Day 1946 at Station pier in Melbourne and was on the first ship of war brides coming from Europe. …

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  • For Australia’s Heroes – the other ‘Australia Day’, 30 July 1915.

    Tuesday 22 January 2013 by Kerry Neale. 7 comments

    ‘It is unlikely that ‘Australia Day’ will ever be wholly forgotten by any who were privileged to take part in that magnificent outburst of giving. […] It seemed as if the whole community had abandoned itself to giving and spending all it had for the sake of the men on service.’ Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918, Volume XI: Australia during the War, pp. 729-730. REL33602. Fundraising ribbon …

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  • Happy 5th birthday, Flickr Commons

    Wednesday 16 January 2013 by Liz Holcombe. 2 comments

    January 16, 2013 marks the 5th anniversary of the Commons on Flickr. The pool of images has grown to more than 250,000 from 56 different libraries, archives, and museums around the world. To celebrate the occasion, we have put together a set of photos from our collection showing celebrations at the end of the two World Wars. While most were taken in the streets of Sydney or Melbourne, one was taken in New Guinea and one in Borneo. The …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - A Lot Has Happened...

    Wednesday 5 December 2012 by Jamie Croker. 2 comments

    A lot of work has been carried out on the Hudson since the last blog update.  A large number of structural components have been manufactured and fitted into the lower airframe, culminating in the trail fitment last week of the 'Tunnel Gun' position.  Work will soon move forward and concentrate on the Navigators step and forward cabin detail, folowed by construction of the Radio Operators room directly behind the pilot.  …

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  • Saying it with Flowers

    Wednesday 19 September 2012 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments

    “Say it with flowers” is a well known advertising slogan but these days the language of flowers is not as well known as it was almost 100 years ago. During the First World War Australians serving overseas, many away from their families for years, sent floral tributes to their loved ones in the form of embroidered postcards, handkerchiefs, cushion covers and other souvenir items. Patriotic Australian postcard RC04121…

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  • The Red Baron’s boot

    Friday 24 August 2012 by Shane Casey. 1 comments

    Left flying overboot: Baron M von Richthofen, Geschwader 1 German Air Service. RELAWM00705 Flying over the churned battlefields of the Western Front, the German pilot Baron Manfred von Richthofen quickly established a reputation as a skilful and deadly fighter. His exploits captured the imagination of the German public, and were feared by Allied pilots. By mid-1917 he had been awarded Germany’s highest gallantry award, …

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