• Albatros Fuselage: Cleaning and Repair

    Thursday 3 April 2008 by Andrew Pearce.

    Work is underway to clean and repair the fuselage of the Albatros. During the course of the last nine decades, a significant amount of grease, dust and general grime has built up inside the fuselage of the Albatros, particularly in the engine bay. Following removal of the engine previously installed in the aircraft, the interior of the fuselage was cleaned. After the dust, dirt, grease and a layer of shellac applied during a previous …

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  • Conservation of the Albatros D.Va

    Thursday 3 April 2008 by Andrew Pearce. 2 comments

    The Large Technology Conservation Section are currently working on five aircraft for the upcoming First World War exhibition "Over The Front" due to open in November 2008. The Albatros D.Va was last restored in the mid 1960s and there are a number of areas which need attention. The doped fabric covering of the wings has contracted significantly during the last four decades and this has torn apart many of the stitched …

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  • Conservation of a Grenadier Guards Tunic – REL30833

    Wednesday 12 December 2007 by Bridie Kirkpatrick.

    Background The tunic came into the collection in a curious and roundabout way . The War Memorial was approached by a Canberra family who had, for donation, a number of pieces of early Lighthorse Regiment (NSW Lancers) equipment. The equipment had belonged to and been worn by a past family member. The pieces were brought into the Military Heraldry and Technology section and …

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  • Conservation of Keith "Nugget" Miller’s Cricket Cap – REL30879

    Wednesday 12 December 2007 by Bridie Kirkpatrick.

    Background Keith Ross ‘Nugget’ Miller was an outstanding all round Australian cricketer who played with the best during the Bradman years. In 1942, like so many young Australians he joined the services and as a pilot flew de Havilland Mosquitos in operations over Europe. He was known for his colourful turns of phrase as much as his ability as a pilot and …

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  • Conservation of the 49th Battalion Regimental Colours

    Friday 1 September 2006 by Bridie Kirkpatrick.

    Background Regimental Colours are the focal point of all the loyalty, spirit and traditions that made their regiment great. Emblazoned with Battle Honours, they are expensive and precious items, intricately hand embroidered on silk with metal and silk threads. Before being presented, Colours are always consecrated at a religious ceremony where God's blessing is requested. In earlier …

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  • Conservation of an Imperial German Pith Helmet

    Tuesday 31 July 2001 by Sarah Clayton.

    Exhibition object This Imperial German Consular Service pith helmet is part of Forging the Nation, Federation - the first 20 years, the Australian War Memorial's exhibition celebrating the Centenary of Federation. The helmet was worn by Major Friedrich Wilhelm Von Ploennies, German consul in Brisbane in the late 1890's, as part of his formal uniform. The…

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