The Australian War Memorial is seeking copyright permission to reproduce in detail the following embroidered squares from the Australian Changi quilt for a publication.
Some 400 women and children were taken prisoner after the fall of Singapore in February 1942. The Australian Changi quilt was made by women interned in Changi prison, and is made up of 66 individual squares with different designs and messages.
This year an excellent set of 12 photographs of Xena, an Explosive Detection Dog (EDD), was donated to the Memorial. Following an inauspicious start to life in the military, Xena proved her true worth serving in Afghanistan. A Malinois (Belgian Shepherd), Xena was the runt of the litter in an RAAF breeding program. Deemed too timid to have a future as an attack dog, her future was uncertain. She was allocated to a trainer, however her high energy levels created havoc and her next transfer was to the pound.
How does a son tell a father whom they love that they’re about to leave them, possibly forever? How does a father persuade a son not to leave, a son they have watched grow into a fine young man, a son they have nurtured and loved from the moment their boy opened his eyes, a son who they watched as he learnt to walk and now watched again as those same legs prepared to march him to war?
In part 1 of this Blog I talked about the Vietnam Battle Intelligence Computer which was used by 1 Australian Task Force at Nui Dat in 1971. This had resulted in a set of tapes called DECtapes being used for data storage. In 1987 these tapes were backed up onto a 9 Track tape in Canberra. In this part of the Blog I will be talking about the process of retrieving data from these tapes.
A single 9 Track backup tape had ended up with the Memorial as part of Official Records Series AWM347. This was its description:
“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.