• Understanding Australian Identity Discs Part 1 : First World War

    Friday 22 May 2015 by Dianne Rutherford.

    Pattern 1907 identity disc with August 1914 format details stamped.

    OFFICIAL IDENTITY DISCS During the First World War there were threetypes of identity discs issued to those serving in the Australian Imperial Force [AIF]. Those serving in the Royal Australian Navy were not issued with identity discs, although somewore private purchase or improvised ones. Pattern 1907 identity disc with August 1914 format details stamped. REL31248 The …

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  • Gallipoli Highlights: the Ottoman Collection

    Tuesday 19 May 2015 by Alexandra Biggs.

    Turkish War Medal (1915)

    As Australia commemorates the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, it is a timely opportunity to look at the objects in the collection of the Australian War Memorial relating to the Ottoman forces at Gallipoli. As part of an internship at the Australian War Memorial, I have been investigating the representation of the Ottoman forces at the Memorial, through looking at the acquisition and display of Ottoman objects from the Gallipoli …

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  • Welcoming Loved Ones Home

    Tuesday 5 May 2015 by Alexandra Biggs.

    The Welcome Home banner made by Jessie and Alice Middleton in 1919 to welcome home Private J.T.B. Elderfield. REL40074.

    This ‘Welcome Home’ banner was made by Jessie Mary Middleton and her mother Alice in 1919 to welcome Jessie’s fiancée John Thomas Bracey Elderfield back to Australia from active service in France. Banners welcoming loved ones home from overseas were common at the end of the First World War (and in conflicts since), but few have survived to this day. While it only has a few ‘Welcome Home’ banners in its First World War …

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  • Jack and the Singapore surrender table

    Sunday 15 February 2015 by Garth O'Connell. 3 comments

    The Singapore surrender table as on display in the Second World War gallery of the Australian War Memorial.

    Jack and the Singapore surrender table The Singapore surrender table as on display in the Second World War gallery of the Australian War Memorial. RELAWM32783 This simple teak table is one of the most poignant physical reminders of one the darkest chapters of Australian and British military history, the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942. Along with tens of thousands …

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  • Stitches and signatures

    Friday 23 January 2015 by Ashleigh Wadman. 1 comments

    Wartime textiles weave many different stories in their efforts to support, honour and remember Australians at war. The Memorial’s heraldry collection contains many examples of fabrics that have been autographed with people’s names as fundraising devices, records or symbols of friendship. Collecting signatures in autograph and scrap books has long been a popular practice in many different countries and time periods and these …

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  • Perspectives of Parit Sulong

    Thursday 22 January 2015 by Garth O'Connell. 4 comments

    2/19th Battalion 2/29th Battalion AIF Imperial Japanese Guards Parit Sulong Massacre

    Perspectives of Parit Sulong Today marks the 73rd anniversary of a tragic chapter in the history of the Australian Defence Force - thefirst documented massacre of Australian troops by the Imperial Japanese during the Second World Warat Parit Sulong in Malaya on 22 January 1942. In mid January 1942 a small Australian and Indian force was cut off by the Japanese around Bakri and Parit Sulong in Malaya (now known as Malaysia). The …

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  • Military vehicle records at the AWM

    Monday 19 January 2015 by Dianne Rutherford.

    Ford 3 ton F60L (long wheelbase) Cab 12 4x4 GS truck.

    Ford 3 ton F60L (long wheelbase) Cab 12 4x4 GS truck. REL31736 One question we are regularly asked is for information about the history of a particular military vehicle owned by a collector, wanting to know about where the vehicle served and when. Unfortunately, we are generally unable to provide this information as we hold few records relating to specific military …

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  • Mettle and Steel: the AANS in Salonika.

    Tuesday 13 January 2015 by Ashleigh Wadman. 4 comments

    Thanks to increased interest in the experiences of the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) during the First World War, I recently attempted to redress the lack of focus on the nursing outpost of India. It would be a great shame to then omit the service of our girls in Salonika, who likewise faced extreme difficulties with remarkable courage and professionalism. Such hardships would eventually come to mark this theatre of war as one of…

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  • Changi Quilt Copyright for AWM Publication

    Monday 1 December 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 2 comments

    The Australian War Memorial is seeking copyright permission to reproduce in detail the following embroidered squares from the Australian Changi quilt for a publication. Some 400 women and children were taken prisoner after the fall of Singapore in February 1942. The Australian Changi quilt was made by women interned in Changi prison, and is made up of 66 individual squares with different designs and messages. To mark the 70th Anniversary…

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  • Nursing for the British Raj

    Tuesday 28 October 2014 by Ashleigh Wadman. 2 comments

    Suitcase of Staff Nurse Vera Agnes Paisley.

    The interest in the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) during the Great War was recently encouraged by the screening of ANZAC Girls and the publication that inspired it, The Other ANZACS: Nurses at War, 1914-1918 by Peter Rees. Both of these focus on nursing services off the Gallipoli Peninsula and on Lemnos and the Western Front in its various guises: hospital ships, field hospitals and casualty clearing stations. We see our girls …

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