Blog: First World War Centenary
Friday 26 September 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 3 comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Conservation, Military Heraldry and Technology, News Nurses, Conservation, Patterns, Textiles, Australian Army Nursing Service, Ward Dress
Wednesday 24 September 2014 by Gabrielle Considine. 1 comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories oral history, Sound, Film, Photographs
This month’s sound reel depicts Lawrence of Arabia in a light not usually seen. It contains the sometimes frank opinions of four Australian contemporaries of Lieutenant Colonel T E Lawrence CB DSO.
Today marks an important event in the annals of the Australian War Memorial’s centenary digitisation project, Anzac Connections. 50 000 pages have now been scanned for online access by all Australians and international researchers. This milestone comes as we celebrate the release of another thirty-eight personal collections to supplement the 153 collections already available online.
At the battle of Bitapaka, the ANMEF were the first Australians in combat.
On 6 August 1914, shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, Australia agreed to a request by the British government to seize German wireless stations in the south-west Pacific, namely German New Guinea. Australia was also required to occupy the territory under the British flag and establish a military administration. For the first time, Britain called upon Australia to train, supply and command her own forces in defence of the empire. Consequently, the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) was born.
Among the first casulties of the First World War were Australians fighting in the British Army.
“…it is simply rotten here in the bad weather up to our knees in mud and water and no chance of getting dry …”
The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the ANZACs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war. The collections are selected from our extensive archives and reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians during the First World War, not just well-known personalities. This project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s collections as well as provide full copies for research on the Memorial’s website.