• Lockheed Hudson - Structural Reference

    Monday 18 October 2010 by Jamie Croker.

    The damaged rear fuselage section from Hudson A16-128, which crashed during training at Tocumwal, New South Wales,  was aquired by the AWM several years ago.  This fuselage section contains a large proportion of the structure missing from A16-105 to support the upper gun turret in the fuselage.  A16-128 Rear Fuselage Although badly damaged and corroded, the structure is a great reference and base for templates to …

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  • Seven years bad luck? Making periscopes on Gallipoli

    Friday 15 October 2010 by Dianne Rutherford.

    When the Gallipoli campaign quickly bogged down into trench warfare, there were not enough periscopes available to allow Australian and New Zealand soldiers to look over the parapets at ANZAC without being shot. Australian soldier using an improvised periscope at Gallipoli C01471 Luckily the soldiers do not appear to have been superstitious as to fill the gap improvised periscopes were made by breaking shaving …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Where to Start

    Wednesday 6 October 2010 by Jamie Croker. 1 comments

    One of the first steps in the conversion of the Hudson from its post war airline and geo-survey role to its original military configuration, was the removal of all the post war modifications.  The first two photos below are taken inside the cabin of the Royal New Zealand Air Force's Hudson on Display in the RNZAF Museum in Christchurch, and they give an idea of what the inside of the cabin should look like . RNZAF …

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  • Lockheed Hudson Mark IV Bomber Conservation begins.

    Tuesday 28 September 2010 by Jamie Croker.

    The conservation of the Lockheed Hudson Bomber A16-105 has begun in the War Memorial's Treloar workshops, the main aim of the work being the refitting of the upper and lower gun positions, as well as internal fitout of equipment and furnishings and application of a paint scheme more representative of that worn by the aircraft during Second World War service.  Hudson A16-105 REL28674 on display in Anzac Hall in 2003…

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  • Curator's favourites

    Wednesday 1 September 2010 by Liz Holcombe. 1 comments

    One of the questions asked today on Ask a Curator day on Twitter was: Q: Interested to know if the curators have a favourite piece, or does it change with each new exhibition? Our curators came up with a lot of different answers: Jessie:  I love Middleton VC’s service dress uniform for the personal connection. He was a family friend prior to the war and trained in my hometown. (You can read more about R. H  Middleton over here.) …

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  • Is there an overall index to colonial defence personnel pre 1900?

    Wednesday 1 September 2010 by Liz Holcombe. 4 comments

    Today, 1 September, is Ask a Curator day on Twitter.  One of the first questions we had was this one: Q: Is there an overall index to colonial defence personnel pre 1900 either for each state or together? The answer is, not really, but there are some starting places.  Because there is too much information to put on Twitter, we have written a blog post to list these sources.  There are a some books: Donohoe, James Hugh, 1941-;    …

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  • Nothing Like the Real Thing

    Monday 12 July 2010 by Daniel McGlinchey. 1 comments

    Recently while cataloguing battlefield relics from Fromelles I came across an item I had not seen before, a German ersatz (substitute) sandbag made from paper. A search on the Memorial's database shows that this was not the only item that used substitute material; there are many items in the collection, including an ersatz felt pickelhaube (spiked helmet) and a packet of ersatz 'coffee'. As with France and Britain during the First …

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  • These boots are made for walking... too!

    Wednesday 23 June 2010 by Dianne Rutherford. 1 comments

    Late last year the Memorial received a pair of Second World War escape andevasion (EE)boots as part of a donation. We already held two pairs of 1943 Pattern EE bootsin the collection which were designed so that if an airman baled out or crash landed over enemy territory, he could cut away the suede upper with a concealed knife. This would turn his boots into 'civilian' style shoes to help him evade capture by the Germans. Neitherpair …

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  • A collection of First World War fundraising badges

    Friday 11 June 2010 by Pen Roberts. 3 comments

      Badge from 1916 “Journée Nationale des Orphelins” (“National Orphans’ Day”)  “.. give what you can, give a little of your happiness, a little of your well-being and a lot of your soul.” These words are an English translation of a 1916 French poster for “Journée Nationale des Orphelins” (National Orphans’ Day). Philanthropic organisations and patriotic groups moved swiftly to help alleviate the …

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  • Prisoners of the Japanese: A radio broadcast

    Friday 28 May 2010 by Jennifer Selby. 3 comments

    Today a wreathlaying ceremony will be held at the Sandakan Memorial in the Australian War Memorial’s Sculpture Garden to remember the prisoners of the Sandakan Death Marches of 1945. It seems appropriate to highlight a new Sound Collection acquisition which relates to another group of prisoners of the Japanese. The Sound Section received a donation of a lacquer disc containing a recording of a radio broadcast made in September 1945 …

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