• Distorting the image: Caricature for an Australian audience

    Wednesday 27 November 2013 by Cherie Prosser.

    [JFK Santa] drawn in Melbourne in 1962, pencil, ink and gouache on paper, 38.3 x 55.9 cm, Donated in 2013, AWM ART94879

    Cartoonist and caricaturist, John Frith (1906-2000) created a daily drawing for the Herald newspaper in Melbourne. The 1960s was a turbulent decade politically and Frith created this series of drawings to articulate some of the key international political struggles for an Australian audience. The main actors on Frith’s stage were Australian Prime Ministers, as well as the world leaders who dominated the politics of the period. Frith …

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  • “From your dead soldier son”: the conscription referenda 1916–17

    Monday 25 November 2013 by Dianne Rutherford.

    This article was originally published in ICON Magazine, Issue One November - December 2013. Find our more and suscribe to ICON Magazine here. THE POLLING BOOTH ON THE CONSCRIPTION REFERENDUM J02466 The Australian War Memorial is currently redeveloping its First World War galleries in anticipation of the centenary from 2014. During this period, the Memorial is staging an exhibition, called ANZAC voices, which tells the story of the …

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  • Sound Collection Online: First World War Experiences

    Monday 11 November 2013 by Jeffrey Wray.

    The Sound Collection at the Australian War Memorial consists of over 9,000 oral history interviews with individuals who served during war and peacekeeping efforts. To showcase highlights from this collection the Australian War Memorial will create Sound show reels. This debut Sound show reel gives us insight into the lives and experiences of three men who served during the First World War. Recorded in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, these men …

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  • Knitting for the troops

    Friday 25 October 2013 by Jessie Webb. 3 comments

    It can be difficult to get an idea of what was happening on the home front just by looking at military records. What were the people who weren’t serving doing? How did they feel? What did they do to play their part in Australia’s war effort? One thing many Australians did during both the First and Second World Wars was knit. Australia-wide, local organisations, schools, church groups, knitting circles, and individuals banded …

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  • Film Collection Online: RAAF PR - The Canberra bomber in peace and war

    Tuesday 1 October 2013 by Jeffrey Wray. 1 comments

    To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of show reels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your fingertips! This show reel highlights the RAAF Public Relations 16mm cine films in the Memorial's Film Collection. The RAAF PR collection is the last in the trio of the Directorate of Public Affairs series with over two hundred RAAF PR titles …

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  • 'Men who had been in Hell'

    Monday 23 September 2013 by David Gist. 7 comments

    The glass-plate negatives from Vignacourt are significant because they offer insights into the reality of life on the Western Front. There are photos that show the laughter and the mateship among these soldiers, and the general feeling of life away from the line. Like any true portrait, many offer an insight into the character and mood of the subject. None of the soldiers in this post have been identified, but photographs created so …

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  • Alexander Cyril Ferguson medal donation

    Monday 23 September 2013 by Amanda Rebbeck. 3 comments

    Sixty members of the extended Ferguson family travelled from around Australia to attend a medal donation ceremony this morning at the Australian War Memorial in commemoration of their forebear Alexander Cyril Ferguson. Alexander served in both the First and Second World Wars and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his actions near Zonnebeke in October 1917where he was a member of the Australian Army Medical Corps, attached to…

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  • A short ferry ride to the war

    Friday 20 September 2013 by Craig Blanch.

    Charles Delacy, The storming of the Mole at Zeebrugger, Belgium, 1916,

    Charles Delacy, The storming of the Mole at Zeebrugger, Belgium, 1916, ART19776 The raid on Zeebrugge to cripple the inland port of Bruges in occupied Belgium in April 1918 lasted a little more than an hour. It cost the lives of over 200 British sailors and marines with hundreds more wounded. Artificer Engineer William Henry Vaughan Edgar, late of HMAS Australia, joined …

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  • Film Collection Online: DPR/TV - Make Someone Happy

    Monday 9 September 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg.

    To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of showreels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your fingertips! A major component of the Memorial’s film collection is the Army Directorate of Public Relations DPR/TV series of 16mm cine films. Starting in the early 1960s and ending in the early 1970s this series spans the Vietnam War, Indonesian …

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  • Film Collection Online: Not a Common Carrier

    Friday 30 August 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg.

    To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of showreels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your fingertips! Recent additions to the film available on line include material from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Public Relations unit. This compile of selected clips focuses on the former flagship of the RAN, HMAS Melbourne, and on carrier …

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