“One Arab, whom I mistaken at a distance for a soldier in blue uniform, proved to be a naked fanatical savage…”
Captain Thomas Walter White, sitting second from the left, July 1915, Basra.
“I build castles in the air every day about our reunion.”
The Melbourne Cup - the race that stops a nation - has run once more, for the hundred and fifty-fourth time, and most of the punters have probably collected their winnings. In 1915 the Cup was already more than 50 years old: a well-entrenched institution on the Australian social calendar. At Gallipoli that year, the officers of the 1st Light Horse Brigade (no doubt among many others) had organised a sweepstake for the Cup, and naturally enough, wanted the results as soon as possible.
Douglas Barrett-Lennard and the Western Australians of the 8th Australian Field Artillery Battery
Of such mettle were the men who, under the most insuperable difficulties of Anzac, fought their guns throughout the campaign.
The interest in the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) during the Great War was recently encouraged by the screening of ANZAC Girls and the publication that inspired it, The Other ANZACS: Nurses at War, 1914-1918 by Peter Rees. Both of these focus on nursing services off the Gallipoli Peninsula and on Lemnos and the Western Front in its various guises: hospital ships, field hospitals and casualty clearing stations.
Several years ago, when I worked in the Memorial’s Research Centre, One collection item I researched was a wonderful and very rare Australian Imperial Force (AIF) map of the Italian front, held in the Memorial’s collection. This item is very unusual in the Memorial’s collection, if for no other reason that the AIF was not involved in the fighting on this front. However, in October 1917, some Australians map makers rendered Italy a small service in their fight against the Austro-Hungarian and German armies.
Our apologies that it has been a while since our last FWW Dioramas conservation posting - it's been a big year!!
Along with continued cleaning and repairs, some of the tasks and activities we've been spending our time on this year are moulding and casting missing weapons, repairing broken weapons and re-joining the previously cut pieces of diorama bases requiring filling and inpainting. The Semakh diorama has been returned to display in the galleries after decades in storage, and the Desert Patrol diorama introduced. We hope to explain each of these in future blog posts when time allows!
A sneak peak at Somme Winter behind the new display façade in the gallery
Friday 17 October 2014 by Stuart Bennington. No comments.
When we talk about Official Records we are usually referring to records that are hand written, typed, carbon copied, mimeographed or even Photostat; but all on paper. Yet nowadays we live in an age where records are generated mostly in an electronic format. Only records that were created in 1987 or earlier are currently in the open access period and available to the public. Therefore you would not expect to see too many electronic Official Records ‘on the shelves’ so to speak. So when earlier this year we came across a 9 track magnetic tape which purported to hold da
Private James Charles Martin was in a bad state. Exhausted and suffering from a high fever, he lay aboard the hospital ship Glenart Castle under the watchful eye of Matron Frances Hope Logie Reddoch. Jim was nearly fifteen thousand kilometres from his family in Hawthorn, Victoria. He had lost over half his weight serving in the squalor of the trenches at Gallipoli and had contracted typhoid fever. Soldiers often contracted the disease in the unsanitary conditions of the trenches. Then again, most soldiers were not fourteen years old.