• Nursing for the British Raj

    Tuesday 28 October 2014 by Ashleigh Wadman. 2 comments

    Suitcase of Staff Nurse Vera Agnes Paisley.

    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. We see our girls …

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  • Rendering a small service to Italy in 1917

    Monday 27 October 2014 by Dianne Rutherford.

    The damaged Isonzo bridge at Gorizia, Italy.

    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 …

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  • Reproducing Sister Lummer’s Ward Dress - Part 2

    Tuesday 21 October 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 2 comments

    Australian Army Nurse arrange for display with original cuffs, collar, apron and cape in the new First World War galleries. The only visible parts of the replica ward dress are the sleeves and skirt.

    Australian Army Nurse arrange for display with original cuffs, collar, apron and cape in the new First World War galleries. The only visible parts of the replica ward dress are the sleeves and skirt. In this blog I have briefly documented the steps that curators and conservators took to produce a First World War replica ward dress. This follows on from Part 1 which focused on the history of Sister Lummer’s dress, and the conservation…

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  • Work continues on the FWW dioramas!

    Friday 17 October 2014 by Alana Treasure. 6 comments

    Somme Winter

    Our apologies that it has been a while since our last FWW Dioramas conservation posting - it'sbeen 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 …

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  • Vietnam Battle Intelligence Computer data tapes Part 1 of 3

    Friday 17 October 2014 by Stuart Bennington. 1 comments

    I Div Int Unit (Det) at 1 ATF Nui Dat - staff inputting int

    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 …

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  • Fourteen.

    Friday 10 October 2014 by David Heness. 18 comments

    Studio portrait of 1553 Private (Pte) James (Jim) Martin, 1st Reinforcements, 21st Battalion, of Hawthorn, Vic.

    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…

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  • Below the surface of Naval Reports of Proceedings

    Wednesday 8 October 2014 by Meagan Nihill. 2 comments

    “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.” This anecdote appears as Paragraph 10 of the Report of Proceedings for HMAS Stuart in August 1968. Surrounded by perfunctory remarks on the ship’s movements, training regimes, and the health …

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  • 100th Digger from Vignacourt Identified

    Thursday 2 October 2014 by David Gist. 3 comments

    Group portrait of three members of the 29th Battalion. Identified is (right) 1092 Private Alexander Duncan Cameron, a farmer from Brimpaen, Victoria.

    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. He is 1092 Private Alexander Duncan Cameron of the 29th Battalion. …

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  • Rescuing the De Gaulles

    Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. 2 comments

    A Supermarine Walrus (also known as the Seagull V) amphibious biplane being taxied by John Napier Bell in 1939.

    In the early hours of 18 June 1940, Supermarine Walrus L2312, an amphibious aircraft, took off from Mount Batten, near Plymouth, England. It contained a crew of three, an Australian pilot, Flight Lieutenant John Napier Bell; an Australian observer (acting as an air gunner for this flight), Sergeant Charles William Harris and a British wireless electrical mechanic, Corporal Bernard Nowell. In addition to this was a special passenger, …

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  • Preserving Sister Lummer’s Ward Dress Part 1- History

    Friday 26 September 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 3 comments

    Sister Lummer’s dress has two buttons on the bodice, and evenly spread gathers at the waistband, rather than pleats. The thick gathers at the shoulders, back and waste band allowed the necessary free movement.  RELAWM14065.001

    Sister Lummer’s dress has two buttons on the bodice, and evenly spread gathers at the waistband, rather than pleats. The thick gathers at the shoulders, back and waste band allowed the necessary free movement. RELAWM14065.001 Sister Rosalie Agnes Lummer was a distinguished nurse of the First World War. Born at Riverton, South Australia, she enlisted with the AIF on 27 July 1915, aged 29, and embarked for Bombay, India, in August …

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