• Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train diary

    Monday 14 May 2012 by Kerrie Leech. 2 comments

    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…

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  • Reports of Proceedings: The Tobruk Ferry and HMAS Waterhen

    Wednesday 9 May 2012 by Theresa Cronk.

    The ongoing project to digitise AWM78 Reports of Proceedings, HMA Ships and Establishments has now reached 46 341 images. The reports of proceedings for seventy-nine ships are now available on the Memorial’s website. This includes all of the destroyers employed in the Tobruk Ferry.  Some of the ships that were later involved with the Tobruk Ferry, HMAS Parramatta and HMAS Yarra, have also been digitised. These files can be viewed …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Upper Turret Milestone

    Monday 26 March 2012 by Jamie Croker.

    A major milestone was reached late last week with the trial fit of the Boulton Paul upper turret into the Hudson rear fuselage.  The installation was carried out to check the fit with the re-constructed support structure, which required only minor adjusting before the turret was bolted into postion.  The turret will now be removed to allow fabrication of fuselage skins to be completed, and routing of the empennage flight control …

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  • Filming the bombing of Darwin

    Friday 17 February 2012 by Stephanie Boyle. 3 comments

    On the 19th of February seventy years ago, the city of Darwin was bombed. Sustaining heavy damage and civilian casualties in air raids by Japanese forces, this attack was the first of over sixty air raids conducted up until November 1943. For footage of the actual bombing, we today rely on the films of amateur filmmakers who were living or stationed in Darwin at the time. They also took in scenes of destruction, filmed once the danger …

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  • It's Dan's Life.

    Monday 30 January 2012 by Daniel McGlinchey. 1 comments

    As a duty curator in the Military Heraldry and Technology section, you discover some unexpected stories when items are donated to the Memorial. One such story was that of Sergeant Daniel Gallogly of the 6th Field Company Engineers and the embroidered souvenir from Egypt that he purchased in 1916. Gallogly's souvenir from Egypt  The souvenir was found recently at the 5th Combat Engineer Regiment’s facilities but …

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  • 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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