Wednesday 3 November 2010 by Jamie Croker. No comments.
Collection, Conservation

One of the first steps in the conversion to re-fit the Boulton Paul upper turret was to remove any excess material from the fuselage.  This meant cutting a hole in the upper rear fuselage, and removing the skin and additional structure which had been replaced post war.

Out line where skin needed to be cut

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Monday 18 October 2010 by Jamie Croker. No comments.
Collection, Conservation

The damaged rear fuselage section from Hudson A16-128, which crashed during training at Tocumwal, New South Wales,  was aquired by the AWM several years ago.  This fuselage section contains a large proportion of the structure missing from A16-105 to support the upper gun turret in the fuselage. 

A16-128 Rear Fuselage

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Friday 15 October 2010 by Dianne Rutherford. No comments.
Collection First World War, Technology, Gallipoli

When the Gallipoli campaign quickly bogged down into trench warfare, there were not enough periscopes available to allow Australian and New Zealand soldiers to look over the parapets at ANZAC without being shot.

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Wednesday 6 October 2010 by Jamie Croker. 1 comments.
Collection, Conservation

One of the first steps in the conversion of the Hudson from its post war airline and geo-survey role to its original military configuration, was the removal of all the post war modifications. 

The first two photos below are taken inside the cabin of the Royal New Zealand Air Force's Hudson on Display in the RNZAF Museum in Christchurch, and they give an idea of what the inside of the cabin should look like .

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Tuesday 28 September 2010 by Jamie Croker. No comments.
Collection, Conservation

The conservation of the Lockheed Hudson Bomber A16-105 has begun in the War Memorial's Treloar workshops, the main aim of the work being the refitting of the upper and lower gun positions, as well as internal fitout of equipment and furnishings and application of a paint scheme more representative of that worn by the aircraft during Second World War service. 

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Wednesday 1 September 2010 by Liz Holcombe. 1 comments.
Collection, Conservation

One of the questions asked today on Ask a Curator day on Twitter was:

Q: Interested to know if the curators have a favourite piece, or does it change with each new exhibition?

Our curators came up with a lot of different answers:

Jessie: 

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Wednesday 1 September 2010 by Liz Holcombe. 4 comments.
Family history, Collection

Today, 1 September, is Ask a Curator day on Twitter.  One of the first questions we had was this one:

Q: Is there an overall index to colonial defence personnel pre 1900 either for each state or together?

The answer is, not really, but there are some starting places.  Because there is too much information to put on Twitter, we have written a blog post to list these sources. 

There are a some books:

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Monday 12 July 2010 by Daniel McGlinchey. 1 comments.
Collection, Collection Highlights

Recently while cataloguing battlefield relics from Fromelles I came across an item I had not seen before, a German ersatz (substitute) sandbag made from paper. A search on the Memorial's database shows that this was not the only item that used substitute material; there are many items in the collection, including an ersatz felt pickelhaube (spiked helmet) and a packet of ersatz 'coffee'. As with France and Britain during the First World War, Germany brought in measures to save resources for the war effort, these shortages of material and food affected civilians and military alike.

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Wednesday 23 June 2010 by Dianne Rutherford. 1 comments.
New acquisitions, Collection Heraldry, Second World War

Version 1 and 2 right boots
 

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