• Lockheed Hudson - Turret Structure Trial Fit

    Monday 23 January 2012 by Jamie Croker.

    After months of work treating and reproducing individual pieces, the complex structure which supports the Boulton Paul turret has been trial fitted.  It was great to see all the separate items come together.  These parts, after final undercoating, will now be riveted into the airframe permanently.  Rear fuselage skins can then be rolled, and the Boulton Paul turret fitted. Boulton Paul turret support structure…

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  • Stinking Farm Trench Sign

    Tuesday 6 December 2011 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments

    My name is Romy Turner. I am a work experience student from Canberra Girls Grammar School at the Memorial for this week. As part of my work experience I had to research an item, a trench sign, from the Memorial's collection. RELAWM06263 Trench sign to Stinking Farm The trench sign ‘To Stinking Farm Currie Ave’ was collected during the First World War by Lieutenant Colonel John Basil St. Vincent Welch, whilst he was…

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  • Hospital Tent at Rest Gully Gallipoli

    Friday 2 December 2011 by Dianne Rutherford. 2 comments

    My name's Sean Limn, and I've been doing work experience at the War Memorial for the past week. One of my tasks whilst at the Memorial was to research a collection item, a piece of an old tent found at Gallipoli in 1919. The tent piece was found at Rest Gully, and is from a hospital tent left during the evacuation in December 1915. The tent was left behind as part of the ruse  to prevent the Turks from realising that an evacuation was …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Boulton Paul Turret Build

    Friday 2 December 2011 by Jamie Croker. 1 comments

    The Boulton Paul Turret was the first of the major componemts to undergo restoration, with work commencing in late 2009 on a large pile of turret pieces.  Over an eight month period, the parts were individually treated, and the turret slowly took shape.  The frame is a complex assembly, with literally hundreds of small brackets, all rivited together to make up the cupola, or frame. Aircrew gunner in the mid upper turret…

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  • In the collection: Conflict T-shirts

    Friday 25 November 2011 by Sue Ducker.

    The Australian War Memorial holds T-shirts from the numerous Peace Keeping missions in which Australians have served. A usually inexpensive and useful type of souvenir, the T-shirts are often humorous and visually creative. They are an example of how soldiers have adapted a civilian item of clothing to a deployment context. The Memorial is interested in making contact with anyone who contributed to the designs printed on the three …

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  • The Australian Army and farming in the Northern Territory

    Thursday 17 November 2011 by Theresa Cronk.

    When we think of fertile faming lands, the Northern Territory is generally not the first place that springs to mind. Yet it was here, during the Second World War, that the Australian Army established the 1 and 2 Farm Company as part of the Australian Army Service Corps. On 11 September 1940, approval was given by the Minster for Army to acquire land. An area of 107 acres was purchased at Adelaide River. The land was only partly cleared …

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  • The Iconic Changi Quilts

    Wednesday 16 November 2011 by Sue Ducker.

    The Memorial is interested in making contact with the relatives or contributors to the famous Changi quilts.  If you can provide more information about the women who made these quilts please contact sue.ducker@awm.gov.au.  REL/14235 - Embroidered quilt : Female internees, Changi Prison, "Australian Quilt" REL When Singapore fell on 15 February 1942, 400 women and children were interned. The quilts were the idea of Mrs …

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  • Curating from Afghanistan : Collecting in Action, February 2011

    Monday 14 November 2011 by Stephanie Boyle. 2 comments

    As senior curator of Film and Sound at the Memorial, I was greatly privileged in February this year to go with the ADF to the Australia’s area of Middle Eastern Operations.   Not only did I meet with and interview an amazing range of ADF members based in or around Al Minhad, Kandahar, Tarin Kot and Kabul, but I found myself in the rare position of being a female civilian, totally immersed in the ADF’s world.   I trained with …

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  • A family's love - Allan Henderson Hislop

    Friday 14 October 2011 by Amanda Rebbeck.

    The Australian War Memorial's Heraldry collection contains a number of commemorative badges and brooches which display a high level of beauty and craftsmanship combined with poignant individual stories. A recently donated brooch demonstrates these characteristics excellently. REL44358 Commemorative brooch for Allan Henderson Hislop This fifteen carat gold brooch was one of four privately made for the Hislop …

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  • Art in the Records: the illustrations of Bernie Bragg

    Friday 14 October 2011 by Sue Ducker.

    The Memorial’s Research Centre holds original First World War AIF War Diaries [AWM4] that are now available to view on our website.  Hidden among the volumes of these records are some wonderful artworks created by the artist Bernie Bragg. Bernard [Bernie] William Patrick Bragg [Service number 2870] enlisted at 21 years of age on the 16 November 1916 at the Royal Agricultural Show Ground in Sydney.  His service record [held at: …

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