A recent addition to the Australian War Memorials film collection available online is a number of documentaries made by/or on behalf of Defence Public Relations during the 1970s and 1980s. The films highlight new equipment, different aspects of service life, operations and training as well as civil assistance activities of the period. These subjects are combined with up-beat contemporary music (or classical music in the army’s case) to provide an exciting and dramatic atmosphere for the subject at hand.

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Friday 12 September 2014 by Theresa Cronk. 6 comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Collection, News, Personal Stories

Today marks an important event in the annals of the Australian War Memorial’s centenary digitisation project, Anzac Connections. 50 000 pages have now been scanned for online access by all Australians and international researchers. This milestone comes as we celebrate the release of another thirty-eight personal collections to supplement the 153 collections already available online.

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Thursday 11 September 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. No comments.
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology Second World War; Sweetheart Jewellery; Trench Art

While most people imagine that ‘trench art’ items, including sweetheart jewellery, were each individually, handmade by a soldier, sailor or airman for his loved ones far away. While some was made this way, the reality is often a little bit different. Large quantities of trench art were made in small cottage industries during the First and Second World War.

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Friday 12 September 2014 by Theresa Cronk. 1 comments.
Collection, News

The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to make available online its collection of Changi Concert Party programs. This collection of programs was created by prisoners of war for performances by the Changi Concert Party during the Second World War. The project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s collection of these programs as well as provide full colour reference copies on the Memorial’s website for research and study purposes.

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Monday 4 August 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. 2 comments.
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology Jewellery; Sweetheart jewellery; Souvenirs

One thing we often get asked about is jewellery made during the First and Second World War. This blog will look at some exmaples of sweetheart jewellery produced by commercial companies and jewellers. Trench art sweetheart jewellery will be examined at a later date.

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Wednesday 10 September 2014 by David Heness. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Collection, Personal Stories

On 6 August 1914, shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, Australia agreed to a request by the British government to seize German wireless stations in the south-west Pacific, namely German New Guinea. Australia was also required to occupy the territory under the British flag and establish a military administration. For the first time, Britain called upon Australia to train, supply and command her own forces in defence of the empire. Consequently, the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) was born.

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Wednesday 13 August 2014 by Ashleigh Wadman. 17 comments.
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology First World War uniforms

This is one in a series of blogs that covers the basic aspects of Australian uniforms during the First World War. There is a great diversity between nursing uniforms of the First World War. This variety is due to the fact that nursing uniforms were not centrally manufactured or issued in this war. Instead, nurses were given a uniform allowance to equip themselves and were allowed to make their own uniforms if they chose. This, and tailoring variations within Australia and overseas, led to considerable variety in the uniforms as can be seen in contemporary photographs.

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Given it’s the final month of another chilly winter here in Canberra, I felt it was fitting to share with you one of the cosiest objects on display at the Memorial: Corporal Clifford Gatenby’s embroidered blanket. Its unique design has captivated visitors with its richly embroidered images from across the globe, as well as the more familiar symbols of Australia. It is also a rare example of an object of its size to have been created in a prisoner of war camp and to have survived.

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Friday 1 August 2014 by Jennifer Milward. 8 comments.
Collection, Personal Stories Warilda, troopships, First World War

In August 1915, the SS Warilda was requisitioned by the Commonwealth and fitted out as a transport ship. HMAT Warilda made two trips to Egypt and one to England, carrying more than 7,000 troops. Following the Warilda’s conversion to a hospital ship in July 1916, she spent a few months stationed in the Mediterranean, before being put to work transporting patients across the English Channel. Between late 1916 and August 1918 she made over 180 trips from Le Havre to Southampton, carrying approximately 80,000 patients.

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