Friday 27 June 2014 by Cameron Ross. 4 comments.
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology South Africa 1899-1902, Commemoration

One battle of the South African War 1899-1902 typifies all the qualities that Australia has come to interpret as synonymous with the Anzac legend, but it occurred almost fifteen years before Australian soldiers ever landed at Gallipoli.  This was the Siege of Elands River, a twelve day siege of a supply depot defended by soldiers from five of the six Australian colonies.

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Thursday 26 June 2014 by Robyn van Dyk. 5 comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Collection

General John Monash is considered one of the war’s outstanding commanders. Monash was an avid collector, and his papers held at the Memorial give a comprehensive view of his wartime military career: from his command of the 4th Australian Brigade on Gallipoli to the Australian Corps in 1918, and then his role as Director General of Demobilisation and Repatriation of the AIF at war’s end.

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Friday 13 June 2014 by Vanessa Wright. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, News Social media

On June 10 the Memorial participated in a Twitter event as part of International Archives Day, organised by Ask Archivists and Follow an Archive. Archives, museums and libraries from all over the world searched their collections for archive material relating to the First World War and posted it on Twitter using the hashtag #ww1archives.

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When we consider the many aircraft type which defended the skies above Australia and her territories, the P-40 Kittyhawk (Warhawk in American service) immediately springs to mind.  Indeed, the Kittyhawk would arguably be one of the most important fighters in service with the RAAF during the Second World War.  Though many veterans who served in the Northern Territory will recall with fondness, the sound of Merlin engines over the top end with the arrival of No.

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This is the second in a series of blogs about First World War uniforms and covers the basic aspects of the Australian Imperial Force other ranks uniform during the First World War.

At 11pm, on 4 August 1914, English time, Britain declared war on Germany. Australia immediately pledged her support and offered an initial force of 20,000 men. The offer was quickly accepted.

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Wednesday 14 May 2014 by Ashleigh Wadman. 9 comments.
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology First World War uniforms

This is the first 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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Friday 9 May 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 10 comments.
Collection, News family, Commemoration, RAAF, Roll of Honour, U-boat

Memorial gold brooch presented to John Freeth’s mother, Ethel. The portrait photograph in the pendant was a hand coloured copy of one taken in Piccadilly, London in 1943.

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Friday 9 May 2014 by . 2 comments.
Collection, Collection Highlights, News

Reading Room, Saturday 17 May 2014, 11.00am. Bookings are essential.

Have you ever wondered what happens to the military’s official documents?

Have you ever wondered how historians and academics access military documents and files for their research?

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Thursday 8 May 2014 by Gabrielle Considine. No comments.
Collection, Personal Stories oral history, partners

Thursday 1 May 2014 by . No comments.
Art, Collection, Collection Highlights, News, Opinion, views and commentary

In November 2013 the Memorial purchased 13 First World War (FWW) posters at the auction of the Dr Hans Sachs collection in New York. As part of my research into the collector Dr Hans Sachs (1882-1974) I discovered that, his passion for the graphic arts led to a German U-boat becoming an unlikely exhibition venue for posters at the height of the First World War.

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