• 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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  • 70th Anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra

    Thursday 9 August 2012 by Marie Kesina. 8 comments

    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.   Portrait of Captain Frank Edmund …

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  • By force of Will : A Broodseinde Ridge DCM

    Wednesday 8 August 2012 by Craig Blanch. 4 comments

    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. Sergeant William Dobson Scorer died from wounds he received at Broodseinde Ridge. P08891.001 William Dobson Scorer was born in …

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  • A lucky pair of glasses

    Tuesday 31 July 2012 by Chris Goddard. 2 comments

      Pair of spectacles which deflected shrapnel : Sergeant W R Fisher, 1 Battalion AIF REL Survival in war is more often a matter of luck than skill, and luck is fickle. These spectacles were being worn by Sergeant William Fisher as he and three others played cards in a dug-out in France in August 1918. His mate, Lance Corporal John Drum, was last to join the game, and moved a dud shell out of the way to sit down. It …

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  • Russells Top Handover Report

    Wednesday 4 July 2012 by Stuart Bennington. 7 comments

    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 …

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  • A visit to Lone Pine Cemetery

    Tuesday 5 June 2012 by Dianne Rutherford. 4 comments

    Lone Pine Cemetery 2012 While recently at Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli, I took the opportunity to visit the graves of two men, Corporal David 'Yank' McVay and Private Charles Hampson who served with D Company in the 23rd Battalion. A few years ago I researched their stories while cataloguing the metal cross plates that came from their original graves.   The original grave marker for David McVay …

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