• Changi Concert Party Programs: Digitisation Project

    Friday 12 September 2014 by Theresa Cronk. 1 comments

    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…

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  • Commercial Sweetheart Jewellery

    Thursday 11 September 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. 2 comments

    One thing we often get asked aboutis 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. This type of jewellery was often worn by female relatives, including girlfriends, wives or mothers as a symbol of pride, support and affection for a loved one serving in the …

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  • A hundred years on: the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF)

    Wednesday 10 September 2014 by David Heness.

    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 …

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) 1914-1918 working dress

    Wednesday 13 August 2014 by Ashleigh Wadman. 17 comments

    Matron Margaret Grace Wilson “doing a round” in Lemnos in May 1915.

    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 …

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  • Gatenby's blanket: an embroidered service history

    Thursday 7 August 2014 by Tamsin Hong. 4 comments

    A guide to C A Gatenbys embroidered blanket

    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 …

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  • SS Warilda: troopship, hospital ship, ambulance transport, wreck

    Friday 1 August 2014 by Jennifer Milward. 8 comments

    Warilda in camouflage paint added in 1917 after Germany stated all vessels operating in the English Channel would be attacked.

    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 …

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  • The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) badges 1914-1918

    Friday 1 August 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. 11 comments

    This isone ofa series of blogs about First World War uniforms and covers the basic aspects of badges seen on Australian Imperial Force uniforms. It does not cover unofficial unit badges, or qualification or proficiency badges. These may be covered at a later date. RC10118 Lance Corporal Albany Varney, 12th Light Horse Regiment, showing location of badges on his uniform RISING SUN BADGE, 'AUSTRALIA' UNIT TITLES Australia, unlike most …

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  • The Imperial Camel Corps

    Thursday 31 July 2014 by Gabrielle Considine. 3 comments

    In this WW1 themed sound reel four Australian men voice their experiences of the Imperial Camel Corps. After Australian troops withdrew from Gallipoli in December 1915, the Ottoman Empire persuaded the pro-Turkish Senussi tribesmen to attack British-occupied Egypt. In January 1916, a Desert Mounted Corps was formed to deal with the revolt. The Imperial Camel Corps formed four battalions: the 1st Battalion was entirely Australian, the …

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  • Stitches in time: rehabilitation embroidery in the AWM collection

    Wednesday 30 July 2014 by Kerry Neale. 5 comments

    Rehabilitation embroidery : Private S A Chivas, 14 Machine Gun Company, AIF

    Many people tend to associate embroidery and needlework with women and the comfort of the homefront, but men are also known to pick up the needle and thread, especially it seems during times of war. Whether stitched as a way to pass the time in a prisoner of war camp, to record events, places and names, or as rehabilitation therapy in military hospitals, embroidered items have many interesting stories to share. To celebrate World …

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  • eX de Medici: exploring camouflage through a Special Forces helmet

    Wednesday 30 July 2014 by Tamsin Hong.

    eX de Medicis

    eX de Medicis "Australia, special forces (everywhere, current), Aust flag 2010", depicts a Special Forces cutaway helmet in its current colour scheme. ART94355 Currently on display are two watercolours by Canberra based artist eX de Medici depicting a helmet used by a member of the Australian Special Forces during his deployment to Afghanistan between 2008-2009. These works…

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