Thursday 29 October 2009 by Emma Jones. 2 comments.
Exhibitions, Conservation Exhibition, Conservation, Love and war, wedding dress

Here is the first of several blog posts about the wedding dreses being considered and conserved for our upcoming Of love and war exhibition.

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Thursday 22 October 2009 by Emma Jones. No comments.
Exhibitions Exhibition, Flickr

On December 3, 2009, the Australian War Memorial will be opening its exhibition “Of love and war”.  

The impact of war on romantic relationships and the ways in which Australians incorporated affairs of the heart into their wartime lives  is a powerful subject and we would like the public to contribute their stories via our Flickr group.

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Thursday 10 September 2009 by Nicholas Schmidt. 3 comments.
News, Collection, Exhibitions Of Love and War

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Those who regularly read the AWM blog might remember the Valentine’s Day blog post about a mysterious love letter from a young French woman to her soldier sweetheart.

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Friday 13 February 2009 by Nicholas Schmidt. 13 comments.
News, Collection, Exhibitions Private Records, Valentine's Day, Of Love and War

The Memorial recently acquired a mysterious letter. It is beautifully written and decorated, but we don't know much about it. It seems it was written by a French woman to her sweetheart, and we assume he was Australian, as the letter ended up in Australia. We do not know who they were, but we do know that the letter was written on 25 August 1918 and was sent from Saint-Sulpice-les-Feuilles in France. The writer, Martha (or perhaps Marthe) Gylbert, obviously missed her soldier, and went to a great deal of trouble to decorate the letter.

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Thursday 18 September 2008 by Dianne Rutherford. 8 comments.
Military Heraldry and Technology, Exhibitions, News Technology

An example of an observation post disguised as a tree. This one was used by Australian troops during the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917 at Hill 63.

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Tuesday 19 August 2008 by Amanda Rebbeck. 23 comments.
Aircraft 1914 - 1918, News, Exhibitions

A new permanent exhibition, Over the Front: the Great War in the air, will open on 28 November 2008 at the eastern end of ANZAC Hall. The story of military flight and aerial combat during the First World War will be brought to life through the Memorial’s collection of five original and extraordinary aircraft and an exciting sound-and-light show.

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Monday 12 May 2008 by Mal Booth. 3 comments.
Exhibitions, Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse Catalogue, Our exhibition

Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse: catalogue cover

Our exhibition catalogue has now sold out. You can, however, now download a pdf file of the catalogue and get this printed yourself.

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Tuesday 29 April 2008 by Mal Booth. No comments.
Exhibitions, Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse Our exhibition, The Light Horse

I realise this is short notice, but we just filmed a short segment on the charge at Beersheba (31 October 1917) in the exhibition this afternoon. It should run on SBS World News Australia, from 6.30 to 7.30 pm. It is being run in conjunction with a story about the dedication of the new Australian Light Horse Memorial at Beersheba by the Israeli President Shimon Peres and the Australian Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery in Israel on 28 April 2008.

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My colleague Robyn Van Dyk and I have probably taken well over 1,200 people on guided tours of the Memorial's current special exhibition Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse. As ANZAC Day 2008 approaches it is interesting to reflect on which Light Horse images have  resonated most profoundly with our visitors. This week, I also took some veterans from the Vietnam War through the exhibition.

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These tours are advertised elsewhere on our website, but just in case you've not seen them, either Robyn or myself are running tours of the exhibition at 10.45 am on the following dates:

14, 21, 24 and 27 February

5, 10, 12, 19 and 26 March

2, 9, 16, 23, 24* and 30 April

7, 14, 21, and 24 May

They usually last around an hour, unless we get carried away. Of course you can always download the audio tour and bring it with you on an MP3 player.

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