Friday 2 October 2009 by Liz Holcombe. 2 comments.
News, Collection flickr commons, common ground, photosgraphs

 Common Ground is a global meet up celebrating the Commons on Flickr.  Many of the organisations which have images in the Commons will be participating in the meet-up, which will take place on the weekend of 2 and 3 October.

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Thursday 10 September 2009 by Nicholas Schmidt. 3 comments.
News, Collection, Exhibitions Of Love and War

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Those who regularly read the AWM blog might remember the Valentine’s Day blog post about a mysterious love letter from a young French woman to her soldier sweetheart.

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Friday 4 September 2009 by Leigh Harris. No comments.
News, Collection Big Things, aircraft, rocket, tank, dingo, jeffrey, robot

Today I was out at our Conservation and Storage Annex showing journalists through Big Things In Store to get the word out about the event this Sunday.

WIN Television filming the artillery collectionWIN Television filming the artillery collection

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The Western Front was epitomised by the brute force of men against machine and each other. Tens of thousands were lost in the maelstrom of war. In the horror, friendships were forged that endured even through death. This is the story of one such friendship...

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On the 19th November 1941, Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney II was lost, with all hands, off the coast of Western Australia after engaging with the German raider HSK Kormoran. The discovery in March 2008 of the final resting place of the Sydney and the Kormoran attracted much attention. Understandably, there has been much discussion over the circumstances surrounding the loss of the Sydney; however the story of the Kormoran’s Commander, Theodor Anton Detmers, and that of his crew, continued long after the battle.

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Tuesday 28 July 2009 by Alexandra Orr. 4 comments.
News, New acquisitions, Collection Ephemera, Iraq.

The 31st of July 2009 will mark the end of Operation CATALYST. CATALYST began on the 20th of March 2003 and defined the role of the Australian Defence Force in assisting multinational forces in the stabilization and security of Iraq. It also involved ADF support in the implementation of the country’s recovery programs.

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Friday 17 July 2009 by Dianne Rutherford. 2 comments.
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology, Personal Stories Prisoner of War

Shrapnel from an American ranging shell, Colditz Castle 1945.Shrapnel from an American ranging shell, Colditz Castle 1945. REL38251

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Monday 29 June 2009 by Sue Ducker. 5 comments.
Aircraft 1914 - 1918, News, Collection

The digitisation of the whole series of Australian Imperial Force (AIF) war diaries from the First World War, (Official Records series AWM4), recently passed the 400,000 image mark.   Included in the 400,000 images are all the available diaries for the Australian Flying Corps, (AFC) .  Digitised versions of the diaries are being regularly uploaded to the Memorial’s website as they are completed. 

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Wednesday 3 June 2009 by Paul Taylor. 9 comments.
Personal Stories, Family history, New acquisitions, Collection

 A donation came to my desk in the days following Anzac Day that caught my attention.  It was a maroon and white identification badge that featured the image of a young girl, her name, an I.D. number and the words, 'C.S.I.R. Radiophysics Division'

Fortunately the depositor of the badge provided details of the original owner and I was soon speaking to Valerie Briggs who at 79 years of age still possessed all of the enthusiasm and intelligence that I saw in the eyes of the girl on the badge.

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