• Christmas in Cairo 1914 - Private John Simpson, 3rd Field Ambulance

    Thursday 19 December 2013 by Robyn van Dyk.

    I would not have joined this contingent if I had known that they were not going to England. Private John Simpson, 3rd Field Ambulance, Christmas Day 1914 When the Australians of the First Contingent were sent to Egypt for training in 1914 many were interested to see the exotic and ancient sights. During this period of training the men had some free time where they could visit Cairo, climb a pyramid, bet on horse races or buy beer, …

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  • Remembered. The Dernancourt Cross

    Tuesday 17 December 2013 by Paul Taylor. 3 comments

    It isthe spring of 1918 andthe greatGerman offensive, Operation Michael, is driving westward. The morning of 5 April is misty with poor visibilty. At 6:55am, the men of the 12th and 13th Brigades of the 4th Division are in their forward positions along the railwayembankment as the German artillery barrage starts to fall. Behind the Australians is a long rising bare slope at the top of which is the Amiens – Albert road. In front of …

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  • A New Tradition: The ADF in Mardi Gras 2013

    Tuesday 17 December 2013 by Vick Gwyn. 9 comments

    In December 2012, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) announced that for the very first time, ADF members would be allowed to march in uniform at Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade in 2013. This momentous announcement coincided with the ADF’s 20th anniversary of the removal of the ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces. The march would also fall on the 35th anniversary of the parade, making the inaugural uniformed march all the more …

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  • Film Collection Online: Father Christmas Joins Up!

    Monday 16 December 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg.

    To celebrate the holiday season, the Film/Sound section of the Australian War Memorial have put together this light hearted Christmas video as our final showreel for the year. Drawing on material from across various conflicts from both home and abroad and items in both our film and sound collections, our video highlights the joy that Christmas brings to young and old. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the team in Film/Sound! …

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  • ANZAC voices - Improvisation at Gallipoli

    Thursday 12 December 2013 by Dianne Rutherford. 1 comments

    Two soldiers sit beside a pile of empty tins cutting up barbed wire for jam tin bombs.

    Some of the objects on display in the new ANZAC voices exhibition illustrate the ingenuity of the ANZACs when faced with insufficient supplies and equipment at Gallipoli. When the ANZACs landed there on 25 April 1915, they expected a quick advance to Constantinople [Istanbul] so did not carry the equipment or supplies they needed for trench warfare. Although supplies were brought in throughout the campaign by boat, these could be delayed…

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  • Sound Collection Online: Recruitment recollections

    Wednesday 4 December 2013 by Gabrielle Considine.

    This sound reel brings together five Australian soldiers from the First World War. They recall their memories of recruitment and enlistment into the first Australian Imperial Force (AIF), 1914 - 1919. When war was declared in 1914, Australia needed to raise a military force to fight overseas and calling for volunteers, raised the AIF. Australian men enlisted enthusiastically at the start of the war, however, with the high number of …

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  • Distorting the image: Caricature for an Australian audience

    Wednesday 27 November 2013 by Cherie Prosser.

    [JFK Santa] drawn in Melbourne in 1962, pencil, ink and gouache on paper, 38.3 x 55.9 cm, Donated in 2013, AWM ART94879

    Cartoonist and caricaturist, John Frith (1906-2000) created a daily drawing for the Herald newspaper in Melbourne. The 1960s was a turbulent decade politically and Frith created this series of drawings to articulate some of the key international political struggles for an Australian audience. The main actors on Frith’s stage were Australian Prime Ministers, as well as the world leaders who dominated the politics of the period. Frith …

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  • “From your dead soldier son”: the conscription referenda 1916–17

    Monday 25 November 2013 by Dianne Rutherford.

    This article was originally published in ICON Magazine, Issue One November - December 2013. Find our more and suscribe to ICON Magazine here. THE POLLING BOOTH ON THE CONSCRIPTION REFERENDUM J02466 The Australian War Memorial is currently redeveloping its First World War galleries in anticipation of the centenary from 2014. During this period, the Memorial is staging an exhibition, called ANZAC voices, which tells the story of the …

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  • Sound Collection Online: First World War Experiences

    Monday 11 November 2013 by Jeffrey Wray.

    The Sound Collection at the Australian War Memorial consists of over 9,000 oral history interviews with individuals who served during war and peacekeeping efforts. To showcase highlights from this collection the Australian War Memorial will create Sound show reels. This debut Sound show reel gives us insight into the lives and experiences of three men who served during the First World War. Recorded in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, these men …

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  • 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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