Wednesday 16 January 2013 by Liz Holcombe. 2 comments.
News, Collection

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.

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Wednesday 5 December 2012 by Jamie Croker. 2 comments.
News, Collection, Conservation

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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Wednesday 19 September 2012 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments.
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology First World War, Flowers, Floriade

“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.

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Friday 24 August 2012 by Shane Casey. 1 comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Collection Highlights First World War

Left flying overboot: Baron M von Richthofen, Geschwader 1 German Air Service.Left flying overboot: Baron M von Richthofen, Geschwader 1 German Air Service. RELAWM00705

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Thursday 9 August 2012 by Marie Kesina. 8 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Collection, Collection Highlights

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra. On 9th August 1942, the cruiser came to a catastrophic end in the Pacific during the Battle of Savo Island. Captain Frank Edmund Getting was in command at the time. He had a long association with the Navy. His story, and that of HMAS Canberra, was uncovered whilst scanning the Reports of Proceedings for HMAS Canberra.  

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Wednesday 8 August 2012 by Craig Blanch. 4 comments.
Personal Stories, Collection First World War

My name is Sam Warner and I am a work experience student from St Joseph’s College Echuca. As part of my week at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra I researched the story behind the Distinguished Conduct Medal of Sergeant William Dobson Scorer in the First World War. Here is his story.

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Tuesday 31 July 2012 by Chris Goddard. 2 comments.
Collection, First World War Centenary, Personal Stories First World War

 

Pair of spectacles which deflected shrapnel : Sergeant W R Fisher, 1 Battalion AIFPair of spectacles which deflected shrapnel : Sergeant W R Fisher, 1 Battalion AIF REL

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Wednesday 4 July 2012 by Stuart Bennington. 7 comments.
News, New acquisitions, Collection, Anzac Connections

On occasion a totally unexpected document walks in the front door and into Official Records.  Recently a report made at Gallipoli was generously donated by Cindy Osborne to the Memorial.  The document in question is a handover report from the Commanding Officer 26th Infantry Battalion to the Commanding Officer of the 28th.  The Russell Top handover report is a most welcome addition to the Official Records held at the Memorial, for although we hold the War Diaries of the units involved, supporting reports such as this one are rarely present in the Gallipoli records.

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Monday 14 May 2012 by . 2 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Family history, New acquisitions, Collection

Last month, the Memorial was delighted to accept a Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train (RANBT) diary, donated by Mr Martin Smee of Port Elliot, South Australia.  Mr Smee made the trip to Canberra to personally deliver the diary, which has been part of his family's valuable family history for many years.  The diary was written by his grandfather, Able Seaman Driver Laurie John Smee.  Born in South Australia, Laurie ran away to sea when just 17.  After serving on various merchant ships and making his way to England, he joined the Royal Navy and served on several British ships before returni

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