• "Dorothy" the Kitbag

    Friday 11 December 2009 by Bridie Kirkpatrick. 3 comments

    Isn’t it funny how things come about? While working on the textiles component for the exhibition Of Love and War a painted kitbag came to me for treatment. The lovely pin-up painted on the bag looked an awful lot like Dorothy Lamour, a beautiful actress known as the “Sarong Girl” in the 1940’s.  As the exhibition will be travelling I had to chuckle that Dorothy Lamour made a string of Bing Crosby/ Bob Hope “On the Road” …

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  • Wedding Dresses, part 2

    Wednesday 11 November 2009 by Sarah Clayton. 5 comments

     As previously explained four wedding dresses were initially selected for "Of Love and War". One of the wedding dresses, originally owned by Mrs N S Bissaker, required hundreds of hours of painstaking work before it would be strong enough for display, so unfortunately it will not be ready for display in “Of Love and War”.  Instead this dress with go on our Vulnerable Textiles conservation list and be conserved with all the care it …

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  • Wedding dresses

    Thursday 29 October 2009 by Emma Jones. 2 comments

    Here is the first of several blog posts about the wedding dreses being considered and conserved for our upcoming Of love and war exhibition. Recently the Textile Conservation Laboratory retrieved from storage four wedding dresses that are proposed for the up and coming exhibition Of love and war.  Three of the dresses - originally owned Mrs Isabel Bell, Mrs Audrey Norton  and Mrs Norma. Bissaker - are relatively new to the Memorial’s…

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  • Love and War Flickr group

    Thursday 22 October 2009 by Emma Jones.

    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. This group is running in conjunction with the exhibition and we are excited to have this …

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  • Love Letter Update

    Thursday 10 September 2009 by Nicholas Schmidt. 3 comments

    PR03970 PR03970 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. This letter, and the mystery that surrounds it, created lots of interest. With the help of an enthusiastic member of the public, and her wonderfully helpful relative in France, we have since found a few more details about Marthe and her …

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  • Valentine’s Day Love Letter

    Friday 13 February 2009 by Nicholas Schmidt. 13 comments

    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 …

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  • Can't see the tree for the wood... part II : The Baumbeobachter

    Thursday 18 September 2008 by Dianne Rutherford. 8 comments

    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.   Since first blogging about the Memorial's German observation post camouflage tree  (called a "Baumbeobachter" by the Germans, literally meaning "tree observer") I have had a chance to take some photographs of parts of the tree I thought I would share, especially as …

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  • Over the Front: the Great War in the air

    Tuesday 19 August 2008 by Amanda Rebbeck. 23 comments

    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. Australians played a distinct part in aviation’s remarkable advances during the war. …

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  • Exhibition catalogue now available for free download

    Monday 12 May 2008 by Mal Booth. 3 comments

    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. Read on

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  • SBS to feature Beersheba on the news tonight

    Tuesday 29 April 2008 by Mal Booth.

    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 …

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