• Anzac voices highly commended at the MAGNA awards

    Thursday 29 May 2014 by . 2 comments

    Anzac voices features treasures from the Memorial’s archives

    The Australian War Memorial is excited to announce that it has won highly commended for the temporary exhibition ANZAC voices at the Museum Galleries National Awards (MAGNA) in Launceston, Tasmania last week. MAGNA celebrates the best exhibition work from around Australia. The Memorial would like to thank the Anzac voices exhibition team, Wingrove design and the Definitive Group for transforming the Memorial's Special Exhibition Gallery…

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  • Christmas in Cairo 1914 - Private John Simpson, 3rd Field Ambulance

    Thursday 19 December 2013 by .

    Private John Simpson letter written Christmas Day 1914

    I would not have joined this contingent if I had known that they were not going to England. Private John Simpson, 3rd Field Ambulance, Christmas Day 1914 When the Australians of the First Contingent were sent to Egypt for training in 1914 many were interested to see the exotic and ancient sights. During this period of training the men had some free time where they could visit Cairo, climb a pyramid, bet on horse races or buy beer, …

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  • ANZAC Voices exhibition opens

    Friday 29 November 2013 by Craig Tibbitts. 3 comments

    ANZAC Voices is the Memorial’s new special exhibition on the First World War, which opened to the public today. It features treasures from the Memorial’s written archives; the voices of the ANZACs presented through their letters and diaries, and supported by a variety of other official documents, photographs, artworks and historical artefacts. Theme image The curators chose the above photo to be the exhibition’s theme image for …

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  • A large monster

    Tuesday 26 November 2013 by . 2 comments

    German Lederschutzmaske gas mask - on display ANZAC Voices exhibition

    “Pulled out of bed in the dead of night by a large monster that ultimately turned out to be a man with his gas mask on.” - Captain Robert Grieve of the 37th Battalion. Gas masks saved lives but also caused fatalities. They were extremely uncomfortable and hampered the movement of the men, inducing fatigue, disorientation, and confusion. German 'Lederschutzmaske' gas mask - on display ANZAC Voices exhibition Corporal Arthur Thomas of …

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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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  • ANZAC Voices - new exhibition

    Monday 25 November 2013 by .

    Paper conservator Nick Zihrul installing John Croft’s pocket book

    ANZAC Voices, the Memorial’s new First World War exhibition, is currently being installed. The exhibition will open this Friday, 29 November 2013 and represents a rare opportunity to view original accounts of the First World War - letters to a sweetheart; a diary account of a hard-fought battle; postcards scrawled in the trenches and battlefields of war. Everybody’s story is unique – so the challenge in curating ANZAC Voices has …

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  • Knitting for the troops

    Friday 25 October 2013 by Jessie Webb. 3 comments

    “Knitters get busy!” Poem published in an unknown newspaper in 1918. RC07899

    “Knitters get busy!” Poem published in an unknown newspaper in 1918. RC07899 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 …

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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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  • Memorial prepares to commemorate First World War Centenary

    Monday 16 April 2012 by Dennis Stockman. 2 comments

    Prime Minister Gillard announces funding support for the First World War Galleries The Australian War Memorial will mark the Centenary of the First World War through a vibrant four year cultural program including changing our First World War galleries.  Sign up to e-Memorial for updates and follow how our planning is progressing. Refurbishment of the First World War galleries at the Australian War Memorial Prime …

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  • Medals of a Rat

    Wednesday 31 August 2011 by David Gist. 4 comments

    Visitors to the Memorial’s exhibition Rats of Tobruk 1941 will have noticed the unofficial Rats of Tobruk medal presented, according to its engraving, by Lord Haw Haw. Around twenty of these medals were made at Tobruk, which illustrates one of the earliest examples of the town’s defenders reclaiming the title ‘Rat’, bestowed on them by the propaganda radio program ‘Germany Calling’. Visitors may also notice the brasso caked …

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