• The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Other ranks uniform 1914-1918

    Friday 23 May 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments

    Portrait of a soldier wearing a pre-war citizen forces uniform.

    This is thesecond in a series of blogs about First World War uniforms and covers the basic aspects of the Australian Imperial Force other ranksuniform 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. Portrait of a soldier …

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) 1914 - 15 outdoor dress

    Wednesday 14 May 2014 by Ashleigh Wadman. 9 comments

    Nurses prior to boarding HMAT Orsova. Note the rather useless bonnet of the 1914 outdoor dress and the variations in collars and fabric colour.

    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 …

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  • A Mother's Love

    Friday 9 May 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 10 comments

    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. Finely engraved on the reverse side of this gold and glass brooch are the words "To dear John Freeth’s Mother, With regard from his friends at Angus Coote. 1944."At the centre of the brooch a hand-painted portrait of the youthful Flight Sergeant John Samuel Freeth …

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  • Autumn Leaves

    Friday 9 May 2014 by . 2 comments

    Portrait of the file room of the general office, Base Records.

    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? Now is your chance to take a look behind the scenes at the official records held by the Australian War Memorial as a part of the Autumn Activities program. This tour, led by the official …

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  • The Partners Project

    Thursday 8 May 2014 by Gabrielle Considine.

    P05415.003 Recently, partners of current serving members of the ADF have shared their stories with the Australian War Memorial as part of the Partner’s Project. Through oral history interviews, this project explores the everyday lives of people who support their military partner. Many partners have discussed the highs and lows of postings and deployment, and the impact these have had on…

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  • An unlikely wartime poster gallery

    Thursday 1 May 2014 by .

    Karl Josef Gollrad, [Subscribe to the War Loan...], 1914-1918

    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. A friend and fellow poster enthusiast of Dr Sachs, Mr Hans Paasche, served as…

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  • Grit the Monster

    Tuesday 29 April 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 7 comments

    Mk IV Female Tank (4643) made in Glasgow, Scotland, by Coventry Works in 1917. Female tanks were fitted with four machine guns, while Male versions carried 6 pounder guns.

    Mk IV Female Tank (4643) made in Glasgow, Scotland, by Coventry Works in 1917. Female tanks were fitted with four machine guns, while Male versions carried 6 pounder guns. RELAWM05040.001 Built to crash, smash and traverse with ease the potholed moonscape of the Western Front, British tanks were hailed by some as the answer to the stalemate of trench warfare. The rhomboidal…

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  • Rations for the Gallipoli landing - diaries of Sergeant Apcar De Vine

    Thursday 24 April 2014 by Robyn van Dyk. 5 comments

    On the eve of landing at Gallipoli, 99 years ago, Sergeant Apcar De Vine of the 4th battalion took pen to paper to write of his preparations for the landing. Under orders to sail at 12am he records a meal of tea, bully beef and eggs. He describes packing iron rations for three days. “Two tins of Bully Beef, tea, sugar, biscuits, 2 cubes of Bovril, also rations for the first day of landing, bully-beef and biscuits, we had to rearrange …

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  • "I sprang to my feet in one jump..."

    Thursday 17 April 2014 by David Heness. 4 comments

    Private Cecil Anthony McAnulty was barely able to stand. Exhausted from the intense fighting of the previous two days, he used a brief period of respite to pen his experiences of the past few days to paper. Cecil had written in his diary every day since he had left Australia. When he had completely filled his first diary he begana second, writing onwhatever scraps of paper he could find and often using the backs of envelopes sent from …

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  • Confiscated by the Nazis in 1938, 13 First World War posters make exciting additions to the Memorial’s world class poster collection.

    Wednesday 16 April 2014 by .

    Pal Sujan, Országos Hadigondozó Kiállitás [National Exhibition of War-Invalid Care], 1917

    Pal Sujan, Országos Hadigondozó Kiállitás [National Exhibition of War-Invalid Care], 1917 ARTV10347 In November 2013 the Memorial purchased 13 First World War (FWW) posters at auction in New York. The posters are notable additions to the Memorial’s world class poster collection not only for their aesthetic and historic values but also for their extraordinary …

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