Thursday 31 March 2011 by Nicholas Schmidt. 1 comments.
News, Collection, Conservation, Anzac Connections

The papers of Field Marshal the Lord Birdwood will be undergoing conservation, rehousing and digitisation for their long term preservation.

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Wednesday 23 March 2011 by Ally Roche. 4 comments.
News, Collection First World War, Western Front, Technology, Frontline troops

The bicycle is a machine that we can all relate to, it’s a common denominator.  Be that early childhood memories of the first ride down that steep hill, the freedom to go distances that would be problematic on foot or that flat tyre at the most inconvenient time.

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Friday 4 March 2011 by Dianne Rutherford. 1 comments.
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology First World War, Heraldry, Textile, Handicrafts, Home Front

Filet crochet was a popular craft before and during the First World War. Women would make decorative or functional items for the home such as tray cloths, milk jug covers, tea cosies, tablecloths and cushion covers. They also made decorative items for clothing, such as crochet lace collars or cuffs. During the First World War patriotic military themes were popular. Images such as ships, flags, soldiers and medals, along with slogans such as: ‘Success to the Allies’, ‘God bless our brave boys’, 'God bless our khaki boys' and ‘Our hero we're proud of him’ were available.

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Thursday 3 March 2011 by Andrew Currey. No comments.
Personal Stories, Family history, Collection, Collection Highlights

“I had a very close shave...”

(Pte C H Lester, 1 October 1917)

As many soldiers will testify, war can be as much about luck as it is about training and equipment. Luck can take many forms, such as being in the right place at the right time, and the closely related not being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The men listed below are a few examples of these places and the sometimes very short distance between them.

Lt William Henry Guard (2DRL/0879)

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Monday 14 February 2011 by Nicholas Schmidt. 4 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Collection, Collection Highlights, Anzac Connections

Recently, I have been working on the papers of Field Marshal the Lord Birdwood, the First World War British General who commanded the Australian Corps for much of the First World War (including at Gallipoli). Amongst the papers, donated by the Birdwood family in the 1960s, I have found a story I think is suitable for a Valentine’s Day blog entry.

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Thursday 10 February 2011 by John Kemister. 2 comments.
Collection, Conservation

Three months into this phase of the project has seen significant progress on both the external and internal conservation of the tank. Externally, all original armour plate components have been repaired. Replica plating has been fitted to replace inaccurate or missing components, with some plates requiring considerable modification to fit this individual tank, and to correct minor errors in externally supplied fabrications. 

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Tuesday 1 February 2011 by Jamie Croker. 3 comments.
News, Collection, Conservation

The aft turret support bulkhead was fitted to the fuselage late last week, and is the first major peice of the turret support structure to be completed and installed.  The installation of this bulkhead will give the structural integrity to allow the removal of damaged and modified floor structure, and the continuing installation of support structure further forward in the fuselage.

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Monday 17 January 2011 by Craig Berelle. No comments.
News, Collection

Official Records is pleased to announce that arrangement and description of the records of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals are now complete. The records have been assigned the series number AWM277, and are catalogued to the National Archives of Australia database, RecordSearch.

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Tuesday 4 January 2011 by Dianne Rutherford. No comments.
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology First World War, Heraldry, Western Front, Battles

 

RELAWM15049.004 : Shoulder straps for 233rd Field Artillery Regiment, 37, 24 and 151 Fussartillerie (Foot Artillery) Battalions and 69th Field Artillery Regiment

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Thursday 23 December 2010 by Kathryn Hicks. 2 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Collection Christmas, Food, Menu

When we think of Christmas we think of presents, decorations and most importantly Christmas dinner. What was Christmas dinner like for those at war?

Private Charles Bennett (PR04245) writes in his letters home about the Christmas dinner he had in an English camp in 1916. He had: Turkey, Ham, Roast Potato, Peas, Parsnips, Xmas pudding, Café au Lait, apples, orange, bananas, saffron cakes, mince pies

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