Thursday 16 October 2014 by Alana Treasure. 6 comments.
Art, First World War Centenary, Collection, Conservation Dioramas

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!

Somme Winter

A sneak peak at Somme Winter behind the new display façade in the gallery

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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

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Friday 10 October 2014 by David Heness. 18 comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Collection, Personal Stories

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.

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Thursday 2 October 2014 by Meagan Nihill. 2 comments.
Anzac Connections, Collection, Personal Stories Digitisation


“On Saturday, 1 September, I was accorded the privilege of giving away the Bride at the marriage between Miss Caroline Elizabeth Edwards and ABUC Gordon Stephen Dempsey…A small wedding reception was held, after the ceremony, in my cabin.”


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Thursday 2 October 2014 by David Gist. 3 comments.
Remember Me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt, Collection

Despite the travelling schedule for the exhibition Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt being cut short, the Australian public’s interest in this unique collection of photographic images continues.

Now, in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, the hundredth Australian soldier from the collection of glass-plate negatives has been identified.

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In the early hours of 18 June 1940, Supermarine Walrus L2312, an amphibious aircraft, took off from Mount Batten, near Plymouth, England.

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This month’s sound reel depicts Lawrence of Arabia in a light not usually seen.  It contains the sometimes frank opinions of four Australian contemporaries of Lieutenant Colonel T E Lawrence CB DSO.

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The Research Centre has now digitised and made available online the series AWM266 Australian Naval Force (ANF) Engagement and Service Records, 1903-1911.

The records in this series relate to men and boys – mainly residents of Australia and New Zealand – who served in the Australian Squadron of the Royal Navy under the terms of the Naval Agreement Act of 1903. Similar to attestation papers of soldiers in the First World War, they contain information on each individual engaged in the ANF between 1903 and 1911.

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