Friday 28 May 2010 by Jennifer Selby. 3 comments.
New acquisitions, Collection

Today a wreathlaying ceremony will be held at the Sandakan Memorial in the Australian War Memorial’s Sculpture Garden to remember the prisoners of the Sandakan Death Marches of 1945. It seems appropriate to highlight a new Sound Collection acquisition which relates to another group of prisoners of the Japanese.

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Thursday 29 April 2010 by Dianne Rutherford. 14 comments.
Collection Aerial Operations, Second World War, 460 Squadron RAAF, Rations, Anniversaries

65 years ago a very special operation began to provide food to the starving civilians in the German occupied Netherlands.  During the harsh winter of 1944-1945 the Dutch population endured a major famine. Known as the ‘hungerwinter’ it was concentrated in the densely populated urban areas bounded by Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague. By 1945 the daily ration had been reduced to 600 calories – a third of what it had been in 1941.

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This ANZAC Day marks the 95th anniversary of the start of the Gallipoli campaign, when tens of thousands of British, French and Dominion troops landed on the Turkish coast.

To acknowledge this anniversary, the Australian War Memorial’s Research Centre is displaying previously unseen original letters and diaries relating to the campaign. The Research Centre’s collection is a rich source of records that tells the story of Gallipoli in the words of those who experience it.

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Friday 5 March 2010 by Dianne Rutherford. 5 comments.
Personal Stories, Collection Heraldry, Technology, Second World War, Hospital Ship Centaur

Model of the Hospital Ship Centaur, currently on display in the Second World War gallery.

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Saturday 13 February 2010 by Nicholas Schmidt. 6 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Collection, Of love and war Private Records, Exhibition, People, Of Love and War

It has been a year since the first blog entry went up about Marthe Gylbert and her letter. In this time, with the help of some very generous people, I have been able to discover much about Marthe and her wonderful love letter. If you have not seen the previous blog entries, they can be found here and here.

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Friday 15 January 2010 by Alessandro Antonello. 1 comments.
News, New acquisitions, Collection Propaganda, Prisoners of war

In 1944, Yvonne Jobling was a schoolgirl studying shorthand.  Every evening at her home in Geelong, Victoria, she practiced her shorthand by listening to the radio.  On Friday, 17 March 1944, she happened to be listening to the short-wave broadcast of Radio Tokyo, and heard messages from Australian prisoners of war. 

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Wednesday 23 December 2009 by Kerrie Leech. No comments.
Collection, Collection Highlights Private Records

At Christmas time most people take the opportunity to stop and think about family and friends and pass on their greetings and well wishes by means of the traditional Christmas card.  The Memorial holds an interesting collection of Christmas cards - different types, various shapes and sizes, and from all conflicts.  One of our earlier and more unusual Christmas cards can be seen below.

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Friday 18 December 2009 by Robyn Van Dyk. No comments.
Collection

The Australian War Memorial’s Bean diaries digitisation project was short listed for the Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards – 2009. The Award recognises outstanding contributions to the quality of Australian cultural life in 2009.

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Emma Jones previously mentioned in 60 year old sweat on a wedding dress – a conservation challenge the preparation of Miss Platt-Hepworth’s wedding dress for the exhibition Of Love and War. The decision was made by the curator Rebecca Britt to keep the staining as evidence of use.

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