• Evacuation of Gallipoli

    Wednesday 9 December 2009 by .

    Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. 17 December 1915. A view of Watson's Pier. During the last days of the evacuation, Anzac Beach, was utterly deserted, but fortunately Turkish airmen, flew too high to notice this.

    In mid December, 94 years ago, thepreparations to evacuate Gallipoli were well underway.Much has been written about the stealth with whichtheoperationwas undertaken. The Private Record collection at the Memorial has a number ofaccounts of the evacuation writtenby those who participated in it. The account below is from Sergeant Robert Clive Hunterwho was serving with 6th Light Horse Regiment at the time. He recounts his …

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  • Celebrating a year on the Commons on Flickr

    Wednesday 11 November 2009 by Liz Holcombe. 3 comments

    Officers of the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade.

    One year ago today, the Australian War Memorial joined the Commons on Flickr. We put up a set of 30 photos of soldiers, sailors, nurses, airmen, wives, mothers, sisters, sweethearts, a prime minister, and a koala. The photos are part of our photo collection of well over a million images which covers the experience of Australians at war and Australian military history from the 1860s to the present. We have uploaded other sets on the …

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  • Historically significant diaries of C.E.W. Bean are now online

    Monday 9 November 2009 by Robyn van Dyk. 1 comments

    The notebooks, diaries and folders created by Charles Bean during and after the First World War have immense historic value and are considered to be one of the most significant records created by a single Australian. The collection includes 286 volumes of diaries and historical notebooks recorded by Bean at the time and often at the front line. The diaries are firsthand accounts of the war and offer a unique perspective due to Bean’s …

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  • The diaries of C.E.W. Bean: 11 November 1918

    Monday 9 November 2009 by Robyn van Dyk. 4 comments

    The notebooks and diaries of C.E.W. Bean provide valuable insight into the last days of the First World War. Bean was Australia’s sole official correspondent and he worked assiduously throughout the four years of the war recording events, often from the front line. Charles Bean was staying in Lille, France during November, 1918. He was an experienced investigator and interviewer and his diaries of the weeks before Armistice detail the…

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  • Proactive Collecting with HMAS Parramatta

    Wednesday 4 November 2009 by Alexandra Orr. 2 comments

      HMAS Parramatta (author's collection) The Australian War Memorial faces unique challenges presented by the modern age to its collection development for recent conflicts, including Iraq and Afghanistan. With email, phones and internet communicative tools largely replacing traditional keepsakes such as diaries and letters, this has made identifying and retaining objects of the ADF experience in modern conflict rather …

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  • UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

    Wednesday 28 October 2009 by Jennifer Selby. 6 comments

    Yesterday, 27th October was UNESCO's World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. In 2005 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) indentified the archiving and preservation of audiovisual documents as an outstanding issue needing addressing, stating that: Much of the world's audiovisual heritage has already been irrevocably lost through neglect, destruction, decay and the lack of resources, skills, and …

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  • Relics of the 16th Battalion at the Bloody Angle, Gallipoli, 1919

    Wednesday 14 October 2009 by Dianne Rutherford. 7 comments

    In January 1919 tattered pieces of uniform were found lying among the bones of the men of the 16th Battalion, who were killed trying to advance at the Bloody Angle on 2 May 1915. These items were recovered by Lieutenant William Hopkin James, who headed a small party to Gallipoli for the Australian War Records Section (the precursor to the Australian War Memorial). They arrived at Gallipoli in mid December 1918, and remained there until…

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  • Common Ground celebrates the Commons on Flickr

    Friday 2 October 2009 by Liz Holcombe. 2 comments

     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. The meet-up will be in the form of a projection onto - or within - the participating institution's building at night (or suitable day-time location) using a slideshow of content from the Commons…

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  • Love Letter Update

    Thursday 10 September 2009 by Nicholas Schmidt. 3 comments

    PR03970 PR03970 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. This letter, and the mystery that surrounds it, created lots of interest. With the help of an enthusiastic member of the public, and her wonderfully helpful relative in France, we have since found a few more details about Marthe and her …

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  • Big Things In Store

    Friday 4 September 2009 by Leigh Harris.

    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 collection The team has done a great job moving objects and creating walkways ready for Sunday so visitors can get a closer look at our Big Things. This year, will be a special chance to see the Dingo Scout Car's components, because …

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