• 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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  • Food from Heaven - 460 Squadron and Operation Manna, 1945

    Thursday 29 April 2010 by Dianne Rutherford. 14 comments

    65 years ago a very special operation began to provide food to the starving civilians in the German occupied Netherlands.  During the harsh winter of 1944-1945 the Dutch population endured a major famine. Known as the ‘hungerwinter’ it was concentrated in the densely populated urban areas bounded by Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague. By 1945 the daily ration had been reduced to 600 calories – a third of what it had …

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  • 95th Anniversary of Gallipoli Campaign

    Friday 23 April 2010 by Nicholas Schmidt. 1 comments

    This ANZAC Day marks the 95th anniversary of the start of the Gallipoli campaign, when tens of thousands of British, French and Dominion troops landed on the Turkish coast. To acknowledge this anniversary, the Australian War Memorial’s Research Centre is displaying previously unseen original letters and diaries relating to the campaign. The Research Centre’s collection is a rich source of records that tells the story of Gallipoli …

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  • Hospital Ship Centaur

    Friday 5 March 2010 by Dianne Rutherford. 5 comments

    Model of the Hospital Ship Centaur, currently on display in the Second World War gallery. The Memorial holds a small, but important, collection associated with the sinking of the Hospital Ship Centaur, whose wreck site was discovered in December 2009. Many of the survivors had little or no clothing after the ship sank. One, NX33029 Driver George McGrath, was in his underwear, which he lost when he leapt overboard …

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