Tuesday 23 December 2014 by Alison Wishart. 7 comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection Highlights Christmas, Gallipoli, Food, socks

 

Perhaps you’ve packed, compiled or received a Christmas hamper full of goodies in the last few days.

About this time 99 years ago, the Anzacs who had evacuated from Gallipoli were eagerly awaiting their Christmas hampers.

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Thursday 18 December 2014 by Theresa Cronk. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Collection Highlights, News, Personal Stories

You wouldn’t think it possible to have a Merry Xmas in a place like this, would you? Well forget it...Thanks to a good lot of fellows du vin and the Almighty spreading a fog over the landscape we had Peace, Goodwill and a good time.

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Wednesday 17 December 2014 by David Gist. 5 comments.
Remember Me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt, First World War Centenary, Collection, Exhibitions

The 5th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery's football team The 5th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery's football team P10550.151

 

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Friday 28 November 2014 by Daniel McGlinchey. 14 comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections

Thursday 20 November 2014 by David Heness. 4 comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Collection, Personal Stories Digitisation

How does a son tell a father whom they love that they’re about to leave them, possibly forever? How does a father persuade a son not to leave, a son they have watched grow into a fine young man, a son they have nurtured and loved from the moment their boy opened his eyes, a son who they watched as he learnt to walk and now watched again as those same legs prepared to march him to war?

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Thursday 13 November 2014 by Daniel McGlinchey. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Collection, Diary of an Anzac, Personal Stories

“One Arab, whom I mistaken at a distance for a soldier in blue uniform, proved to be a naked fanatical savage…”

Captain Thomas Walter White, sitting second from the left, July 1915, Basra.

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Wednesday 12 November 2014 by Melissa Cadden. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Personal Stories Private Records

“I build castles in the air every day about our reunion.”

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Friday 7 November 2014 by Edwin Ride. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Family history, Opinion, views and commentary

The Melbourne Cup - the race that stops a nation - has run once more, for the hundred and fifty-fourth time, and most of the punters have probably collected their winnings. In 1915 the Cup was already more than 50 years old: a well-entrenched institution on the Australian social calendar. At Gallipoli that year, the officers of the 1st Light Horse Brigade (no doubt among many others) had organised a sweepstake for the Cup, and naturally enough, wanted the results as soon as possible.

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Friday 7 February 2014 by Theresa Cronk. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, News, Personal Stories

This blog post was written by Anne Landais, a French student from the Ecole Nationale des Chartes (National School of Palaeography and Archival Studies), which is a university level institution that prepares students in the human and social sciences for careers in history related domains. The current priorities of the Ecole Nationale des Chartes include the development of digital technologies applied to historical research and heritage studies, and finally the reinforcement of its international initiatives.

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Thursday 16 October 2014 by Alana Treasure. 6 comments.
Art, First World War Centenary, Collection, Conservation Dioramas

Our apologies that it has been a while since our last FWW Dioramas conservation posting - it's been a big year!!

Along with continued cleaning and repairs, some of the tasks and activities we've been spending our time on this year are moulding and casting missing weapons, repairing broken weapons and re-joining the previously cut pieces of diorama bases requiring filling and inpainting. The Semakh diorama has been returned to display in the galleries after decades in storage, and the Desert Patrol diorama introduced. We hope to explain each of these in future blog posts when time allows!

Somme Winter

A sneak peak at Somme Winter behind the new display façade in the gallery

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